We first met Nigel in the Season 4 premiere when he escorted Jenna to Detective Wilden’s funeral. The Liars were curious about the mystery man, but had too much on their plate to worry about ferreting out his identity. Luckily, their boyfriends did it for them...kind of. Though Caleb and Toby figured out that it was Nigel who entered the fake flight plan for the plane that landed at Thornhill Lodge the night of the fire, neither of them were aware of Nigel’s connection to Jenna. We’ll wait for someone on Team Liars to make the connection. It was certainly hammered home for the viewer when we see Nigel getting a sunglass-wearing someone a cup of tea, implied to be Jenna.
Did he start the fire?
Nigel admitted to taking money from Cece to file the fake flight plan, but was that really the extent of his involvement in the Thornhill Lodge fire? If he really were just a mercenary lackey, would he really go to the trouble of knocking over file cabinets in his grand escape from Toby and Caleb? Perhaps. We have to admit that the lighter throws us off. If it really does belong to Nigel, who planted it on Toby? Is someone framing Nigel for the fire? Because it seems unlikely that Nigel would purposefully leave evidence behind connecting him to the crime. Though we are more confused than ever about the events of that night, it seems more and more likely that there were two forces at work.
Did he fly the plane?
The bigger reveal would be that Nigel was the one piloting the plane that brought Red Coat and/or Ali to Rosewood. We were led to believe that it was Red Coat herself, but Nigel was awfully slippery about his involvement. If he was piloting the plane, that would give the Liars a direct connection to Red Coat, which is getting increasingly harder to find what with even Mona and Red Coat on the outs. If Nigel was the one on the plane, was that Jenna who he was serving tea to in last night’s episode? We never did see her face, and nothing PLL does is unintentional. Were the sunglasses just a red herring meant to make us think we know what is going on before pulling the rug out from under us?
What’s next for Nigel?
We don’t think we’ve seen the last of Nigel Wright. He is definitely someone’s puppet, but the question is: whose? Is he the latest in the string of men Jenna has found to do her bidding? Is he an “A” Team member? Is he a “B” Team member? Is he both? Now that he’s on Team Liars’ radar, it’s only a matter of time until he’s interrogated. If last night’s episode taught us anything, it’s that the Liars are done playing by the rules. They’ll stop at nothing to solve this mystery and keep their families safe. And good luck to the Nigel Wrights of the PLL world who are in their way.
What do you think Nigel’s involvement was in the fire? Who do you think he’s working with? Share your theories in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.