Pretty Little Liars Speculation: Is Bethany Young a Hastings?
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Pretty Little Liars Speculation: Is Bethany Young a Hastings?

The Liars learned more about the mysterious Bethany Young, aka the dead girl buried in Ali’s grave, in the Pretty Little Liars Season 5 summer finale. Unfortunately, there’s still so much we don’t know about this former Radley patient. We’re particularly curious to learn which, if any, Rosewood family she has connections to. Was Bethany Young a Hastings?

We know Bethany’s dad had an affair with Mrs. DiLaurentis. In last night’s mid-season finale, we learned from the recordings of Bethany’s Radley sessions that her father and Mrs. DiLaurentis were having an affair. We don’t know much past this, other than that Mrs. D. used to spend a lot of time with Bethany. Does this mean Mrs. DiLaurentis was Bethany’s mother?

We know Mrs. DiLaurentis and Mr. Hastings had an affair that resulted in Jason. Another thing we don’t know if when this affair took place — or for how long. If the affair was in the past, then it could very well refer to the affair Mrs. DiLaurentis had with Mr. Hastings, which resulted in Jason DiLaurentis. If this is the case, then Bethany could be Jason’s twin, which would be a pretty major reveal.

Pretty Little Liars Speculation: Is Bethany Young a Hastings?
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We know the Hastings and DiLaurentises are linked. Melissa once compared the Hastings and the DiLaurentises to the Borgias and the Medicis, also saying that “They hate us enough.” These families share a deep, dark history and we don’t think it begins and ends with Jason DiLaurentis.

We know the Hastings separated over secrets. Whatever happened to split Veronica and Peter Hastings apart this year, it had to be big. After all, Veronica stayed with Peter even after she knew the truth of his affair with Mrs. DiLaurentis and his biological son, Jason, growing up next door. She referred to the many secrets Peter kept in trying to explain to Spencer why she was leaving him. Did she only just find out about Bethany Young?

We know Bethany had Melissa’s riding helmet. Spencer and Emily followed the trail of Bethany Young to a stable Mrs. DiLaurentis used to take Bethany to on trips out of Radley. While there, Spencer found Melissa’s riding helmet, implying that Melissa knew about Bethany and may have even gone there with her. Or, perhaps, it was Peter Hastings who gave Bethany Melissa’s old helmet to use?

We know the police think Spencer killed Bethany. It seems like a huge stretch to believe that Spencer would kill Bethany to earn favor with Alison. Even if Spencer was afraid that Ali would spill about her pill problem, that is a massive step to take. What if the police’s theory is based on more than just Spencer earning favor with Alison? What if it is also based on the Hastings’ family history with Bethany?

Do you think Bethany is a Hastings? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

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