Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Is Bethany Young Still Alive?
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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Is Bethany Young Still Alive?

We’re still not sure what to think about Bethany Young. At the beginning of Pretty Little Liars Season 5, she was revealed to be the corpse buried in Ali’s grave. A summer season later, and we still know very little about her — other than that she used to live at Radley, and she knew (and hated) Mrs. DiLaurentis. We’re still not completely convinced that Bethany is actually dead. Is there a chance Bethany Young could still be alive?

It’s happened before. And by “it”, we mean both someone on this show faking her death and the Rosewood P.D. incorrectly identifying a body. With another Pennsylvania girl gone missing around the time Bethany supposedly died, we think there’s still a chance that it was Sara Harvey in that grave, not Bethany.

Mrs. DiLaurentis’ death. One thing we do know about Bethany is that she seemed to hate Mrs. D. She once threw a bucket at her and drew terrible pictures of the Radley board member in her sketchbook. We think it’s very possible that Mrs. D. was killed by Bethany, which means the girl would obviously need to be alive.

Crazy theory: she’s Alison. We could fill a book with the hints PLL has dropped about a set of DiLaurentis twins, but we’re most interested in what we know about the girl we’ve know as Alison this season. Recently, she remembered a scary experience that saw Cyrus stabbing her in the abandoned basement they were both living in during Ali’s time away. Later in the ep, we saw Vivian Darkbloom meet up with Cyrus, and we learned they had been working together to fool the cops. These two versions of the Ali/Cyrus relationship don’t add up. Were Ali and Vivian Darkbloom two different people in this ep? Has Bethany been hiding in plain sight as Ali this entire season?

...Or is she “A”? Another possibility is, if Bethany isn’t the Ali we know, then she is the “A” we don’t know. Who else would want to terrorize Ali and the Liars so much? Who else would Mrs. D. have protected for all of those years, meeting in the woods to give her clothes as recently as last season? Who better to convince others that Alison is out to get them than her evil twin?

Do you think Bethany is still alive? Why or why not? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Season 5 summer finale on Tuesday, August 26 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.