Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Will the Liars Help Ali?
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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Will the Liars Help Ali?

With the return of Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) on Pretty Little Liars, the Liars have a choice to make: Will they help their former bestie? And, if so, how far will their proffered camaraderie extend? With the Season 5 premiere a week away, we speculate on this question that is sure to be a defining theme in the upcoming season.

The Liars will help Ali, but only in her escape from New York. Whatever else happens after the Season 5 premiere, it seems that the Liars have Ali’s back in her attempts to escape New York without a fatal attack from “A.” We already saw the hints of this in the Season 4 finale, when the Liars tried to protect Ali when “A” pointed a gun at her. The synopsis for the episode tells us that “Alison and the PLLs [sans Aria, who is guarding a wounded Ezra] lay a trap to finally flush out ‘A.’” Whatever their motivation behind the trap, it sounds like the Liars are all on the same team, but will that continue? It’s one thing to help their friend in a life-or-death situation, but the Liars are still understandably pissed at their back-from-the-dead friend, and are clearly still not sure if they can trust her. We wouldn’t be surprised if Team Liar fell apart as soon as the gals are back in Rosewood.

The Liars will be divided on the issue. Of course, the Liars all have very distinct personalities, as well as unique dynamics with Alison. In the Australian promo for the Season 5 premiere, we see this exhibited in Emily and Spencer’s differing reactions to Ali’s predicament. While Emily reassure Ali, “We’re all in this together,” a frustrated Spencer tells Ali: “Look, Ali, either you trust us or you don’t.” Though we think Em will stick by Ali through anything, we’re not so sure about the rest of the gang, especially Aria, who Ali kept in the dark about Ezra’s true reason for coming to Rosewood, as well as his previous relationship with Ali. Alison has always been good at playing people off of each other. Is she still the same manipulating mean girl she was when she left Rosewood? And, if so, will she use it against the very friends who have helped her in her greatest time of need? With this one, you never can tell!

The Liars will help Alison with whatever she needs. Let’s face it: the Liars bring loyalty to a whole new level (one of the reasons we love them so). These girls will do just about anything for one another, and we think Alison is included in that sentiment. It was the secret of “A” that brought the Liars back together and forged the unbreakable bond they now share. Ali is part of that secret, another victim of “A”’s blackmail and attacks. We think that is enough to earn her a for-real spot back on Team Liar. At least, we hope so.

Do you think the Liars will help Alison — not only in New York, but once she returns to Rosewood, too? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 5 premiere on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.