The Ravenswood Powers That Be have stayed frustratingly tight-lipped about the secrets behind the town’s mysterious curse in the upcoming Pretty Little Liars supernaturally charged spin off. Luckily, we have all of pop culture history to draw our theories from! Here are four crazy theories about the secrets behind Ravenswood.
The Brigadoon Theory
For those who haven’t seen the 1954 Gene Kelly film, Brigadoon is a musical about two American tourists who stumble upon a Scottish village that appears to the outside world every one hundred years — creepy, right? Things get complicated when American Tommy falls in love with Fiona, a young woman from the village. Will he choose big city life in New York or true love in Brigadoon?!
Ravenswood has a serious “town that time forgot” vibe going on. That hair salon was straight out of the 1950s. Those cars could do with some updating. And don’t even get us started on the retro Instagram filter the entire town seems to exist under. Basically, we wouldn’t be surprised if the residents had some sort of Brigadoon-related curse going on that involved the townsfolk “waking up” to the real world every few decades or so. It would certainly explain how Caleb gets stuck there.
The Lost Theory
They’re all dead! We assume more readers are familiar with the infamous/famous ending to television drama, Lost. In the final episode of Lost, viewers discovered that their beloved characters were all dead, living out some sort of purgatory on The Island to find peace with the life they were leaving behind. Ravenswood seems to have a similarly strange connection to death. When Spencer and Toby visited in PLL’s Season 4, Episode 6: “Under the Gun,” most of the residents seemed totally oblivious to their presence. It was if they were living on another plane of existence entirely. The cemetery also seems a popular hangout in Ravenswood. Could townspeople gather there in an attempt to make peace with the people who have already passed on — or, creepier still, to visit their own graves? Are the residents of Ravenswood already dead?
The Doctor Who Theory
Every Doctor Who fan knows about “The Weeping Angels.” Though they look like stone angels to the human eye, when you aren’t looking, Weeping Angels have the power to transport you to another point in time with a mere touch. We couldn’t help but think of these Weeping Angels upon our first visit to Ravenswood considering stone angels were everywhere. Not only that, but they seem to have some sort of significance to the townspeople. When Spoby visits, Spencer witnesses a town gathering in the cemetery. The focal point? A stone angel. And in a recent Ravenswood trailer, Caleb places a black rose in a stone angel’s hands like some sort of offering.
Our insane, Doctor Who-related theory: The Weeping Angels have this town under their stone thumbs. Townspeople must do what they say or be sent to another time altogether! This results in some serious temporal confusion. People find their own tombstones in the Ravenswood cemetery, discovering that they died fifty years prior. And new people are always turning up in town — from the future and from the past. Will Caleb & Co. be able to break the Ravenswood curse and release the townspeople from the Weeping Angels’ iron rule before they themselves are sent back in time?
The Star Wars Theory
Our final theory is far more specific. In fact, it applies not to the town of Ravenswood, but to two of its newest residents: Caleb and Miranda. As we know from the promotional material, Miranda is a feisty foster kid with a similar upbringing as Caleb. It seems they were both bounced from home to home as children, and they both have a connection to this town and to one another. There has been much speculation that the relationship between Miranda and Caleb will turn romantic, but we think they could share a more familial connection.
You know how, in Star Wars, everyone thought Luke and Leia were going to get together? Leia even kissed Luke (to make Han Solo jealous) before they discovered that they were actually twins! Hopefully, Miranda and Caleb eschew the whole makeout phase before the big reveal, but we could totally see Ravenswood pulling a Star Wars on us and revealing that Miranda and Caleb are actually siblings. After all, they totally have the same hair.
Do you have your own pop culture-inspired theories about Ravenswood? Share them in the comments below!