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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: What Is Alison’s Connection to Noel?

If any name has been dropped more than any other in Pretty Little Liars Season 5, that name is Noel Kahn’s (Brant Daugherty). Though we haven’t seen the brodude since he was questioned by the police at the beginning of the Season 5 premiere (and, then, only briefly), people in Rosewood can’t help but bring him up. In Season 5, Episode 9 (“March of Crimes”) Emily (Shay Mitchell) will even be looking for “information linking Alison [Sasha Pieterse] to Noel.” What might she find? We speculate below.

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They were together at Radley. All roads lead to Radley, OK? We have always had suspicions that Alison has spent some time there, and it wouldn’t be hard to believe that Noel has had some issues that require professional help. Did these two meet while they were both doing staying at Radley? Perhaps they are even both in on the secret of what happened to Mrs. Cavanaugh and knew Bethany Young.

Noel knows Ali’s twin. An off-shoot of the above theory is that Noel wasn’t at Radley with Alison, but rather with Alison’s potential twin, which PLL continues to hint at. Ali and Noel don’t seem like particular chums, but Ali does seem to trust him. Is this because they have a shared interest in the welfare of Ali’s twin sister?

They both hate the same person. On the other hand, perhaps it isn’t a love for someone that Noel and Ali share, but rather a hate for someone — it certainly seems like more their style. Do Noel and Ali have a vendetta against the same person? If so, who? Is it someone we have already met? Is it someone who’s already dead? Is it Mona?

Ali is blackmailing Noel. When the Liars asked Alison about her connection to about her connection to Noel, she said she could trust him because he has secrets, too. This implies that Noel is helping Ali to keep those secrets. Did Ali figure out whatever Noel is hiding — potentially, even from the N.A.T. Club videos. Has she been using it against him to make her help him this whole time?

What do you think the connection between Alison and Noel is? Do you think Emily will figure it out? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars Season 5 on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!