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Pretty Little Liars: Who is Charles?

We look at the most plausible theories in the latest PLL mystery.

Pretty Little Liars - Charles

Pretty Little Liars unveiled A in the season 5 finale last week…kind of…

If you haven’t seen the season 5 finale of Pretty Little Liars and don’t want any spoilers then we suggest you stop reading now. If you have seen it and want to read some theories about the real identity of A then keep reading.

PLL fans were divided right down the middle when A was revealed to be Charles in the season finale, Welcome to the Dollhouse. After kidnapping Aria (Lucy Hale), Spencer (Troian Bellisario), Hanna (Ashley Benson) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) it was revealed that Mona (Janel Parrish) was alive and well, and that their tormentor was a masked man named Charles.

The reveal was well-received by some PLL fans whilst others expressed disappointment that A was a ‘new’ character. Show runner I. Marlene King promises that A is someone we’ve seen before and that he’s been in the show from the very beginning which has led to many fan theories.

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So who exactly is Charles? We look at some options…

Charles DiLaurentis

Pretty Little Liars season 5 episode 15

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This seems the most likely of the theories going around, not least because Spencer found a video of Mrs D (Andrea Parker) cradling a baby – presumably Alison – with two young twin boys running around her. We assume that the boys are Jason (Drew Van Acker) and Charles but knowing the world of PLL that’s far too straightforward.

A few episodes back the girls found some cryptic phrases hidden in Mona’s dresser mirror all of which could be an anagram of Charles DiLaurentis giving further weight to the theory. Surely though if Mona had cracked the mystery of A, she might have mentioned that before the big reveal as she had plenty of time with the liars.

If Charles is indeed Jason’s identical twin, could it be possible that it’s been Charles infront of our eyes pretending to be Jason for the past five seasons? If they were identical it’s a plausible enough theory but you would have thought the DiLaurentis family would be able to tell the difference between their own children?

Andrew Campbell

Pretty Little Liars - Andrew Campbell

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Charles could be going by another name so he can fit in seamlessly in Rosewood. Some fans think that Andrew is really Charles and the fact Mrs D was outside of the Campbell family barn in the video adds some weight to that. One issue though is that Andrew is (supposed to be) younger than Jason, which means there’s no way they could be twins. At a stretch Andrew could be lying about his age, if he is lying about his identity, but why doesn’t Jason know who he is? Also we’d rather not think about the fact that he and Spencer have kissed as if he is Charles that would make them related.

Bethany Young

Pretty Little Liars - Bethany Young

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The mystery of Bethany Young has never been fully resolved and we’re assured that it’ll be addressed in season 6A. Could Bethany be alive and is she really Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) twin? Again it’s another plausible theory but the remains were allegedly confirmed as Bethany’s, unless A has been faking results to cover up what really happened. There’s a lot to be resolved around Bethany’s ‘murder’ but anything can happen in Rosewood.

Lucas Gottesman

Pretty Little Liars -  Lucas Gottesman

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Another theory floating around is that Charles is really Lucas (Brendan Robinson). The cryptic phrases found in Mona’s mirror are also an anagram of ‘Nerd Lucas is the Liar’. Lucas has kept a relatively low profile in season 5 of the show but that doesn’t mean he might not be behind the liars’ torment. We know he has a deep-rooted hatred of Ali but if he is Charles that blows out the theory that he could be Jason’s twin as he’s too young.

Who else could it be?

Pretty Little Liars -  CeCe Drake

Credit: ABC Family

This is PLL so pretty much everyone is under suspicion. CeCe Drake (Vanessa Ray) has the same initial as Charles DiLaurentis and we know she’s capable of looking like Ali when she wants to. Could she be something to do with it all? Our gut is that Charles is definitely male but as you can see from the theories floating around it really could be anyone.

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