Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) will be back in the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 finale and sharing scenes with our girl Aria (Lucy Hale). Why is Rosewood’s resident toolbag back in the Liars’ lives, and what is the gorgeous, gorgeous man up to? We speculate below.

The “A” Game

Last time we saw him, Noel was yelling at the Liars in the Season 3 Halloween special from the arm of Jenna Marshall. Jenna and Noel have since broken up, but don’t think we haven’t kept track of Noel’s suspiciously “A” game-related love life. Thus far, he’s dated Jenna, Mona, and had a brief fling with Aria. Could Noel really be oblivious to the “A” game, or does he know something from dating some of the conspiracy’s key players? If the latter is true, then Noel’s return might have something to do with “A”? Perhaps, he is on Ezra’s payroll. In Season 1, Ezra and Noel share an, in retrospect, suspicious exchange. Noel blackmails Ezra into give him an A (an “A” — get it?!) on an English test. He writes “I see you” on Ezra’s car. And he is framed for stealing test answers by “A.” Could this have been the beginning of the Noel/Ezra “A” Team alliance?

The Aria Game

Of course, Noel could easily be ignorant to the “A” conspiracy being played around him. He seems the type to only notice his own drama, not the miseries of the people around him. If Noel doesn’t know about “A,” Ezra, or Ali, then perhaps he is expressing interest in Aria again. They have a bit of a history. Pre-PLL, Aria had a crush on the hunky brunette, and they totally shared a musical moment in Season 1. Could their chemistry come back into play? If Aria does find out about Ezra before the season is out, we could see her making some bad romantic rebound choices. Noel would be the perfect terrible rebound pick.

An Ali Connection

Now that we know Ali is alive, we’re wondering who else was involved in her faked death and subsequent disappearance. It seems Noel let Maya camp out at his family cabin when she was in hiding in Season 3. Could he have offered the same friendly service to Alison? If so, it’s only a matter of time before the Liars and/or “A” is onto him, desperate for any information he might know about her plight/whereabouts. With Ali’s increased role in Season 4B, maybe we’ll even get an Ali/Noel scene. Could these two have been an item before Ali disappeared? She seemed to have every other guy in Rosewood wrapped around her little finger….

What do you think Noel will be up to when he returns to Rosewood? Share your theories in the comments below!

Catch the Pretty Little Liars Season 4 winter premiere, Tuesday, January 7, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

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