Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Will Alison Break Paily Up?
The miraculous return of Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) on Pretty Little Liars has repercussions on many levels — not least of all, Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) relationship with Paige (Lindsey Shaw). Will Alison break this already-rocky couple up? We speculate below.
Yes, Emily Still Has Feelings for Her First Crush
We know from flashbacks that Emily totally had a thing for Alison — is this still the case? We can’t begin to imagine the complexity of Emily’s emotions in a situation like this. On the one hand, she never had real closure in her relationship with Alison. On the other, she made herself move on because she never imagined Ali would come back. Even if Emily doesn’t want to break up with Paige, we could see it happening just because Em might be so darn confused about what she wants. In the synopsis for the winter premiere, we learn that “Emily has trouble dealing with how she feels about Alison being alive.” See: confusion!
Yes, Because Ali Will Manipulate It Into Happening
Let’s face it: this is Ali we’re talking about. Even if Emily doesn’t want to break up with Paige, Ali might manipulate it into happening. She’s never been good at sharing — possessions or friends. Unless she’s changed dramatically in her time away — which, admittedly, is possible — we could see Ali sabotaging Paily partly for kick and partly because she may have feelings for Emily, too. In this interview, Sasha Pieterse gives a smile and a teasing “I don’t know” in regards to the question of whether her character will get between Emily and Paige. We may be reading too much into this, but we thought we saw a mischievous twinkle in the actress’ eye.
No, Emily Loves Paige
Though Emily and Paige have had some rocky moments in Season 4, it’s not because they don’t love one another — it’s because they’re worried that their separate destinies will tear them apart. In Season 4, Episode 11 (“Bring Down the Hoe”), Emily decided she didn’t want future worries to shape her life now, and recommitted to Paige in the now. These two have been through so much to be together, we can’t imagine them giving up on their relationship now — even if Alison tries to manipulate them apart.
Do you think Alison will come between Emily and Paige? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!
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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