The Liars may think that that “A” game is over with Shana’s death, but we’re not so sure Ali’s childhood best friend was Uber “A.” As we wait for next week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, which will hopefully give us some clues, we ask ourselves the burning question: Was Shana really “A”?
No, the gun-toting was an isolated act. Shana admitted to going after Alison in New York City, but she didn’t ‘fess up to anything else before she died. There’s a good chance Shana’s attack on Ali in NYC was an isolated incident, undertaken in a moment of angry passion and not a part of a premeditated and well-planned campaign against Ali. Let’s face it: this isn’t really “A”’s style. Besides, if Shana had been “A” these past few seasons, she could have taken Ali down much sooner, given that she was one of the only people who had actual contact with the runaway teen.
No, she was merely an “A” Team minion. Another possibility is that Shana was not “A,” but one of “A”’s many minions. If all of those masked hooligans who surrounded the Liars, there was definitely an “A” Team presence in NYC that night. Was Shana just the minion who happened to take the lead on this particular mission — or, perhaps, even a minion who went off-book? OK, now we want to watch Despicable Me.
Yes, Shana was Uber “A.” Shana would have been a well-situated Uber “A.” Who else knew so many of Ali’s secrets, including the very important fact that she was still alive, and had gained her confidence well-enough to perhaps get Ali to spill secrets about Rosewood’s other residents? It would be a bold move for PLL to take out “A” this early in the season, but might work given the formation of Mona’s Army. Watching a villainous force that is entirely open about its villainy is something this show does really well.
Yes, but there will be another. But, really, it seems unlikely that Pretty Little Liars would expose “A” when it still has the better part of at least three more seasons to explore. We think it’s far more likely that Pretty Little Liars might be pulling another bait-and-switch like the Mona as “A” reveal. By exposing and taking down an old “A” and bringing in another, it keeps the mystery fresh while still giving the viewers some answers. Although this “A” reveal arguably didn’t work as well as Mona’s, it might be necessary, especially given the recent fake reveal with Ezra.
Do you think Shana was “A”? Why or why not? Share your theories in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.