She is tearing them apart. It hasn’t escaped our notice that the Liars have never been as divided for as long as they have this season. Sure, they have had their moments of working together to bring down the latest “A” threat, but gone are the days of utter confidence in one another. We have no doubt that, if push came to shove, the Liars would be there for one another, but they haven’t exactly been acting like it lately. All of that started when Ali returned to town.
She causes mental anguish. Sure, all of the Liars are still alive (for now), but the “A” game has done some serious mental damage to these girls. They are emotionally exhausted and that was all supposed to end upon their return to Rosewood at the beginning of Season 5. We’re not saying that it’s completely Ali’s fault that the Liars are still lying, but it is her lies they are telling. Ali further demonstrated her callousness when it comes to causing trauma when she hired Noel Kahn to break into the Marin’s house, scaring the bejesus out of Ashley. That family has already been through enough.
Her closest allies turn on her. It should probably be a sign that both Shana and Noel — aka Ali’s seemingly closest confidantes over the last few years — have wanted off Team Ali. Shana all-out tried to kill Ali for what she’d done to Jenna. This is someone who uprooted her entire life to move to Rosewood and act as Ali’s spy. That is quite the 180. More recently, Noel Kahn seems convinced Ali will turn on him the second he outlives his usefulness. And these are two characters who presumably know more than what Ali has told the Liars about her time away.
She is still lying to them. We’d be willing to trust Alison a little more if she let the Liars in. She expects for them to risk their lives, their relationships, and their futures but gives them very little in return. The reason the Liars have always worked as a unit s because they (usually) don’t keep secrets from one another. Their relationships with one another are the only place where they can be truthful. Alison has taken that away from them and, unless she starts spilling secrets of her own, then the Liars should ditch her.
She might be “A.” Sure, it’s fun to launch crazy theories about who might be “A”, but, often, the simplest explanation is the easiest one. Ali could totally be “A”. She has the means and opportunity, having previously demonstrated her skills at manipulation and scheming. As for the motive, who knows what goes on in that head of hers. Who knows what she’s capable of. The Liars need to seriously consider this possibility, and figure out a game plan — without Ali.
Do you think the Liars should stop being friends with Ali? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on August 12, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.