Though we think Emily was able to move past Ali’s seemingly untimely death to love again — first Maya, and now Paige — we don’t think Emily ever really got over her first love: Ali. Even when she has been involved with other people, Em still thinks of the blonde bombshell with the fiery personality. In Season 3, Episode 18: “Dead to Me,” Emily remembers a sweet, quiet moment she shared with Ali before she disappeared — and it is one of our favorite flashback scenes ever. They were studying French in the school after the day had ended, and Ali started planning their French vacation: “dancing through sunflower fields” and “lounging around in our bikinis in the French Riviera.” Emily asks Ali how long they will be away for. “How 'bout forever?” Ali responds. You can’t tell us a part of Emily doesn’t still long for that dream.
Yes. But she loves Paige more
Of course, there is Emily’s current relationship with Paige to consider — Paige, who Emily loves and recommitted to at the end of Season 4A. These two have been through so much together. It is hard to imagine Emily will give up on their love even with Ali’s unexpected return. Even if a part of Emily will always love Ali, that doesn’t mean a larger part of her doesn’t love Paige. Though Alison may offer the fantasies of French vacations together, Paige’s love and support is a reality. Unless Paige does something to jeopardize their relationship, we don’t see Paily breaking up any time soon.
No. Emily can’t trust Ali
As the oft-quoted mantra goes, love is based on trust. Though Alison may not have been the most consistent of friends before her disappearance, Emily didn’t have a reason to all-out doubt her. That’s not the case now. Though Alison now seems willing to trust the Liars, they don’t yet know if they can trust her. After all, she disappeared for two years, leaving someone else’s corpse in her wake. If Emily can’t trust Alison, how can she love her? Maybe Em’s feelings for her former bestie will eventually resurface once they get to know one another again and Emily decides if she can trust her, but right now, it would be a huge leap of faith for someone who was potentially always lying.
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Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
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