Normally, we would be super excited about a hot new character on Pretty Little Liars. But PLL is not a normal show, and something about Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) cousin Nate suddenly appearing in Season 3, Episode 4: “Birds of a Feather” to make Emily (Shay Mitchell) feel comforted just isn’t sitting right with us.

We have a darker, twistier theory about Nate’s identity. Remember when Maya confessed to Emily that she’d had a brief fling with a guy at her rehab facility? This was in the middle of Season 2, after Maya had finally reappeared in Rosewood. She was also getting a series of suspicious phone calls from an unknown number, which she lied about to Emily.

What if Nate is the guy that Maya hooked up with? Nate claims that he’s in Rosewood to pursue his law degree at Hollis, and he seemed to know a lot of personal information about Maya and Emily’s relationship. Call us crazy, but the photo he had of Emily, and the Zombie t-shirt of Maya’s are the kinds of things that stalkers would steal.

Right before she was murdered, Maya was trying to escape something or someone. She initially blamed her sudden disappearance on a petty fight with Em, but we suspect that she was trying to hide, either from the “A” team or her stalker, who wouldn’t stop calling her.

Do you think Nate might be Maya’s ex? If so, is he planning on stalking Emily next? Tell us in the poll below!

Catch an all-new episode of PLL on Tuesday, July 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

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

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