PLL Clues and Theories

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It’s occurred to me that the writers of PLL use film and song references that tie in with the story surrounding A. Here are some of the most prominent ones. For some I have included some theories 🙂

We’ll start with Season 5B because it’s the recent one.

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Ep. 14 Through a Glass, Darkly is a film about a woman, Marin, who is living on a family island with her husband, her teenage brother and her dad, after being in a mental hospital for some time. She has inherited an incurable insanity from her mother (who is now dead. Her father and brother are the ones who are deeply affected by her condition. Marin loses grip with reality and it affects those around her and she ends up getting sent back to the mental hospital. (Yes it also has a religious aspect but I’m just going around the story of love and dealing with insanity.)

Could this be about Bethany? Was she Marion’s daughter and her mother is dead, did Mrs D push Marion and blame someone else, maybe she blamed Bethany? We’ve said Bethany is A and we stick by that but is she working with her brother and her dad! Is Toby her brother?

Ep.16 Over a Barrel  

This is an American phrase and first appeared in the mid-20th century. It is supposed that it alludes to the actual situation of being draped over a barrel, either to empty the lungs of someone who has been close to drowning, or to give a flogging. Either way, the position of helplessness and in being under someone else’s control is what is being referred to. (Hmmm)

“We keep a file on unidentified bullets nowadays. Some day you might use that gun again. Then you’d be over a barrel.”

Ep.18 Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me.

These Lyrics from a song by Johnny Mathis – Maybe someone saying Goodbye to Radley?

“Bye Bye Blackbird”

No one here can love or understand me
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me
Pack up all my cares and woe, here I go, winging low
Bye, bye, blackbird

Where somebody waits for me
Sugar’s sweet, so is she
Bye, bye, blackbird

No one here can love or understand me
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me
Make my bed and light the light, I’ll arrive late tonight
Blackbird, bye, bye

Ep.19 Out, Damned Spot

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This is a quote from Shakespeare’s Story of Macbeth . Lady Macbeth sleepwalks through her castle and her doctor and maid listen to her- she speaks of how she and her husband conspired to kill King Duncan. She rubs her hands together as if washing the bloods from her hands. She talks about how she didn’t think there would be so much blood. Out, Damned Spot is reference to removing blood from clothes but how you can’t ever remove it from your mind. The reason they kill is because they want power.

Maybe someone wanted to be Ali. Note: it could be a girl and boy, man or woman. I remember when the girls went to that creepy doll shop and the little boy said that a man and woman was looking for a doll. Remember this? From the episode ‘If These Dolls Could Talk’.

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Ep.23 5B The Melody Lingers On

First there is a movie with the same title. Here is the plot: A piano virtuoso has a child out of wedlock to her finance, who is killed trying to save her life. Their son is brought up by foster parents and becomes a musician. So what if this relates to Marion and Toby? Forget the musician part for Toby but we know Mrs. C loved to play piano. We also see in Bethany’s drawing a lady watching as her son (presumably) is taken away?

This is a song by Irving Berlin: The Song is Ended But The Melody Lingers On

My thoughts go back to a heavenly dance
A moment of bliss we spent
Our hearts were filled with a song of romance
As into the night we went
And sang to our hearts’ content
The song is ended
But the melody lingers on
You and the song are gone
But the melody lingers on
The night was splendid
And the melody seemed to say
“Summer will pass away
Take your happiness while you may”
There ‘neath the light of the moon
We sang a love song that ended too soon
The moon descended
And I found with the break of dawn
You and the song had gone
But the melody lingers on

Maybe a guy looking for Alison? Board shorts?

Ep.24 “I’m a good girl, I am

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This is a quote taken from My Fair Lady, it’s a film about a poor and cockney flower girl who is taught to speak well to convince others she is a rich lady. So who is putting on a front? Also it’s a story about love, as the guy who teaches her how to behave is on love with her. I was thinking maybe Wren is in love with redcoat, because of how he drew her?

The final episode of 5B is called Welcome to the Dollhouse.

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This is the title of a film about a young girl suffering from middle child syndrome, she is getting bullied at school and things at home isn’t much better as her mom gives her younger sister and older brother most of her attention. Could this relate to another sister in the dilaurentis house?

And then Marlene King posted that it all ends, with a song called Walkin’ after Midnight by Patsy Cline

Lyrics

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I go out walking after midnight
Out in the moonlight just like we used to do
I’m always walking after midnight searching for you
I walk for miles along the highway
Well that’s just my way of saying I love you
I’m always walking after midnight searching for you
I stopped to see a weeping willow
Crying on his pillow maybe he’s crying for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me I’m lonesome as I can be
I go out walking after midnight out in the starlight
Just hoping you maybe somewhere walking after midnight searching for me
I stopped to see a weeping willow
Crying on his pillow maybe he’s crying for me
And as the skies turn gloomy
Night winds whisper to me I’m lonesome as I can be
I go walking after midnight out in the starlight
Just hoping you maybe somewhere walking after midnight searching for me

What if this is a reference to Marion Cavanaugh? If Marion used to go out for midnight walks, sneak out from Radley, go to Rosewood and see Toby crying on his pillow? His room was street side, you can see into it. What if Marion is uber A? Taking revenge on Mrs. D (who is also her sister/twin) for keeping her away from Toby. Marion’s daughter could be Cece and she could be helping?

Plus have you noticed all the character with Blue eyes? They could be related

Grandmother = Mrs Grunwald

Daughters of Mrs Grunwald = Mrs D and Marion

Daughter of Mrs D = Alison

Son of Marion = Toby

Daughter of Marion theory = Cece

All of them have distinct blue eyes

That’s all, I hope it’s given you a few theories to play with and improve on and submit on here if you have one!

Thanks for reading!

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