Which Pretty Little Liars Character Had the Worst 2011?
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Which Pretty Little Liars Character Had the Worst 2011?

It's almost New Year’s Eve, which is the perfect excuse to look back at the past year in Pretty Little Liars (not that we need an excuse).

Reflecting on what's happened on the show since January 2011, one thing became very clear: almost every character had a rough time. We guess that's what happens when you're being stalked by a mysterious, crazed tormentor (or several).

But which Pretty Little Liars character had the worst time? Here are our top three candidates:

Emily: From juicing her with steroids to almost suffocating her in the barn, "A" was especially cruel to Emily (Shay Mitchell) during the summer season. On top of that, Emily's parents left town, and her dreams of being a college swimmer fell apart in front of her eyes. On the plus side, at least Maya (Bianca Lawson) is back — but, whoops, she just wants to be friends for now. Ouch.

Spencer: Spencer's sister (Torrey DeVitto) spent the last year being a mega biotch while engaged to Ian (Ryan Merriman), who later tried to kill Spencer. That's pretty freaking traumatic. If that weren't bad enough, now her dad is acting very suspicious. Plus, her love life has been hard. "A" scared Alex (Diego Gonzalez Boneta) away in early January, and then when she finally found true love with Toby (Keegan Allen), "A" forced her to break his heart, too. *sob*

Ashley Marin: We think Hanna's (Ashley Benson) mom, Ashley Marin (Laura Leighton), deserves a mention. She spent a long time stressing out after being forced to steal money to keep her family afloat. Then she finally reconnected with Hanna's dad and seemed happy, only to realize that it would never work, leaving her lonely once again. Plus, she has to constantly worry about her daughter, who is clearly caught up in something suspicious that she doesn't understand.

But that's just our opinion — there are plenty of valid arguments to be made for other characters. Who do you think had the worst time? Vote in our poll, and sound off at our Facebook page.