We’ve been trying to figure out who killed Maya (Bianca Lawson) on Pretty Little Liars ever since the Season 2 finale (Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked”), but a new clue points to one of Rosewood’s most mysterious characters.

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As we reported earlier, the synopsis for Season 3, Episode 11: “Single Fright Female” includes the following: Spencer [Troian Bellisario] uncovers Paige’s [Lindsey Shaw] surprising past with Ali [Sasha Pieterse].” Since the focus of the final three episodes of the summer season is all about solving Maya’s murder, and it looks like Paige will be a huge focus of Episode 11, could Paige be the murderer?

Here are three reasons why Paige might have killed Maya.

1. Jealousy. Sometimes, as the rule of Occam’s Razor goes, the answer is the most obvious. In this case, Paige could have been extremely jealous of Maya because she’s extremely obsessed with Emily (Shay Mitchell). Killing Maya would be one crazy girl’s idea of a solution to that problem.

2. Paige acted on the “A” team’s behalf. Could Paige be on the “A” team? So far, now that Mona (Janel Parrish) is at Radley Sanitarium, the only thing we know about the “A” team is that they want to torture the Little Liars. If Paige knew Ali in the past, she could have joined forces with the “A” team out of a mutual hatred of her. If Maya found out about any of this, the "A" team might have subsequently killed her to keep her quiet. Why not have the athletic Paige do the deed?

3. Paige is a puppet. In this sneak peek of Season 3, Episode 8: “Stolen Kisses”, Paige seems almost afraid of Emily, or at the very least afraid to talk to her. It’s possible that someone (“A”?) is using Paige to gather intel on Emily and her grieving process. Now that Paige has tested the waters by flirting and failing to turn their party date in Season 3, Episode 5: “That Girl is Poison” into a romantic one, she may be off intel-duty. Something about Paige’s behavior suggests that she’s acting as someone’s puppet, much like Mona may have been. The question is: Who is the puppetmaster? And is he/she so powerful that they could have ordered Paige to kill Maya?

Do you think Paige killed Maya? Share your thoughts in the comments. 

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Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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