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By now, most Pretty Little Liars fans know about the twin theory. In the books, it turns out that Alison (Sasha Pieterse) had a twin named Courtney, who was far more evil than Ali ever was. And the show has provided hints that the storyline might eventually go in that direction on TV, too. But showrunner Marlene King wants to put at least one of these rumors to rest.

Apparently there was a photo circling around the internet recently that showed two different Alisons in the same car. Of course, any major clue that Ali has a twin is a huge deal, so we’re not surprised to learn that it caused a stir. But Marlene wants to set the record straight.

On November 27, Marlene tweeted, “The photo being tweeted of the two Ali's in the car is fabricated. Fake.”

Whoa! Message received, but we can’t help wondering if Marlene is making a larger, more spoiler-y point. By slamming a potentially huge Ali twin clue, could she be protecting the surprise element when that plot actually comes to light on the show? We know that PLL followed the books in at least one major way, by revealing Mona (Janel Parrish) as the first “A.” Could Courtney DiLaurentis be far behind?

Tell us your thoughts below!

Catch the return of PLL Season 3 on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Source: @imarleneking

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

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