In the Pretty Little Liars Season 3 summer finale (Season 3, Episode 12: “The Lady Killer”) we will finally learn who killed Maya (Bianca Lawson).
The episode is still over 24 hours away. To fill the time, we've been speculating about who the murderer could be. Here are what we think are the biggest clues about the murderer's identity and what happened to Maya.
Maya knew something. Mona (Janel Parrish) spelled out "Maya Knew" with her secret code in Pretty Little Liars Season 3, Episode 7: “Crazy,” and Maya wrote a letter to Emily (Shay Mitchell) on the day she died saying there was something she needed to show Em. It seems like she died to keep someone else's secret.
She never left Rosewood. And it appears that she was staying at the Kahn's cabin while she was "missing." Why? What is her connection to the Kahns beyond attending their parties? What was she doing in Rosewood? Was she looking for someone or something? Was she in hiding?
She got into a cop car with Garrett on the night of her death. Why? Did they know each other? Was she trying to tell the cops what she knew? Did he intentionally send her back to the Kahn's cabin knowing she would be killed, or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
That video. The video of the night Maya died basically proves Garrett (Yani Gellman) wasn't directly involved with her murder, because he was already in custody before she got snatched by someone in black. The video also suggests Noel (Brant Daugherty) and Jenna (Tammin Sursok) are innocent — if the person who grabs Maya is indeed her killer. (And, of course, they could have known what was coming without being the actual killers.)
The details of her death. From the case file Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Aria (Lucy Hale) took at we know that Maya's "trachea was crushed by a pipe or a metal bar," and it also appears that she was killed on Emily's family's property.
Her earrings. In Episode 7 Emily mentions she bought Maya a certain set of earrings. Nate says he knows Maya had those earrings. That would be normal, except Em bought Maya those earrings right before she went missing. How did Nate know about them? Did he see her while she was "missing"?
Maya kept getting calls before she disappeared. In Season 2 Maya got a lot of mysterious phone calls and texts that seemed to freak her out. She said they were from her stalker ex. Was that true, or were they from someone else? And if they were from her ex, was he the type who might kill when spurned? (Looking at you, Nate.)
What was her connection to Noel, Jenna, and Jason? According to Jenna, Maya used to give her rides. Meanwhile, we saw her talking to both Noel and Jason (Drew Van Acker) during Season 2. Was that just because they knew each other through the parties (or, in Jason's case, because she was returning Ali's [Sasha Pieterse] stuff), or was there a deeper connection? Perhaps something NAT related?
Obviously, we're highly suspicious of Nate. But, of course, there's always Paige (Lindsey Shaw) and her jealousy issues, not to mention the NAT club and the "A" team, who have plenty of secrets they might kill for.
Who do you think killed Maya? Let us know in the comments below.
Catch the PLL Season 3 summer finale on Tuesday, August 28 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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