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  • If Charles is really the mystery A, I have a theory that might work. Feel free to poke holes if you can,I don't mind! If it doesn't work, it doesn't work. :)

    Mr. Dilaurentis and Marion Cavanaugh had an affair which resulted in "Charles." They panicked and decided it was best to put him up for adoption, some place far away (Maybe another country?) no one could know about the affair. Marion suffered extreme guilt which eventually broke her down and resulted in her stay at Radley. At some point Mrs. D joins the board. She has known Marion for years, and being the nosy person she is, she looks into Marion's Medical files to snoop. She then learns about the affair and the child. She's livid. It gets to the point where she can no longer pretend she doesn't know. Thinking she would be alone, She lures Marion to the roof to confront her. She doesn't see the "fragile patient" -Bethany. Mrs. D and Marion begin to argue, it turns physical, and mrs. D shoves Marion. She falls and dies. Bethany screams, and Mrs. D then realizes she saw everything. She couldn't kill her, so she did the next best thing, and played on her mental illness, convincing her she didn't see anything (just like she did with Ali and the dresses.)she begins to buy her things, and take her on outings. Bethany loved it at first, but soon she started having memories about that night. She finally confronts Mrs. D about what she remembers. Mrs. D becomes angry and tells her she's crazy. This is when Bethany starts the angry drawings, calling mrs. D a liar, etc. Meanwhile, Ali is wondering why Mrs. D has become so attached to this, "crazy Radley patient." As we know she is extremly jealous. She starts doing her own research and even has Cece check herself into Radley so she could get close to Bethany. Eventually she figures it out. She invites Bethany to Rosewood, mother like daughter, she plays on Bethany's need to feel wanted. But before Bethany's arrival she needs to get rid of Toby, what if Marion had told him about the affair. She throws the firework but injures Jenna instead, she blackmails him to take the blame, and he is sent away. With Toby out of the way she continues her plan to lure bethany there. On the night of the murder she confronts Bethany. She may or may not attack her, But she feels like she scared her enough to keep quiet. she then heads home. But Bethany isn't afraid and follows Ali to her front yard. This is when mrs. D witnesses Ali get hit with the rock. Mrs. d, or the liars(remember they are drunk and drugged), see this and kill Bethany on accident. They didn't know about the previous confrontation. Now Ali has to get out of town. Her mom knew she was alive the entire time, that's why she was still buying her clothes, etc. Now for Charles. He could be a few characters, but for this theory I'm going with Wren. He discoverd he is adopted, and hires a private investigator (possibly James Neilan) to track down his birth parents. He finds out his mother is dead, but his father is alive in Rosewood. He moves and tries to get close to people who know his family. He finds out he has a brother, Toby, and that he is close to the Hastings. He targets Melissa first but doesn't get much from her, so he goes after Spencer next. After Mona's game is revealed he takes the job at Radley, he's curios about Mona's motives, and also wants to learn more about his mother. He discovers that there is something suspicios about his mothers death, and that the liars have a lot of secrets. He now has access to Mona's secrets, and also medical records. He sees Bethany's drawing of Marion "falling" from the roof and starts to put it all together. He's furious and wants revenge, he then decides to take over the game Mona has created. The first thing he does as "A" is send Toby clues about Marion's death. He wants Toby to know it was not sucide, he wants to help his brother. (This is the first time A ever offered help) As we all know there is so many clues that tie Wren to A. I couldn't think of a motive until now. Think about all that's happen. Wildens death could even be because he doctored the documents about Marion's death. (There is also a sign in sheet that had the name C.Cavanuagh. Charles would technically be both Dilaurentis and a Cavanuagh.)

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    • This theory is brilliant! I also think Charles is a Cavanaugh and a Dilaurentis! Although, I never thought Charles could be Wren. Your evidence really supports that it's him though! I also came up with a theory about Charles Cavanaugh! You should check it out! I think Charles is either a twin of Toby's or a secret sibling.  

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    • Thank you!! You're so sweet. Where can I find your theory? I'd love to read it!

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    • It better be Wren or Ted and not a Toby twin thing

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    • This is thought out so well - it ties up storylines we never heard the ending off and questions we have about characters and motives!!! 

      I would love it if this was actually the storyline they went for - We have never heard of Wrens background story and i think it could reveal alot!

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    • Great theory! I never reallythought about WHY Wilden was killed.

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    • Today's the day! Lol Thanks guys!! I really appreciate it. I was nervous to post it lol. @Redrice, I think Ted is Bethany's dad. I don't think he is A, but I think he's getting close to the girls' families to find out why his daughter was there that night. I think it will be a separate story line for the next two seasons.

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    • HAnnAh525 wrote: This is thought out so well - it ties up storylines we never heard the ending off and questions we have about characters and motives!!! 

      I would love it if this was actually the storyline they went for - We have never heard of Wrens background story and i think it could reveal alot!

      Thank you so much! This probably won't be it, but at least it brings story lines together lol. I appreciate the kind words!

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    • PlsPLL wrote: Great theory! I never reallythought about WHY Wilden was killed.

      Thank you! I never bought the CeCe story. His death seemed more like revenge to me. If he played apart in the cover up of her death (which we know he did) then his death could be more about Marion then Bethany.

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    • People may argue that since Mona's anagram spells out Charles Dilaurentis in all three lines that Charles couldn't possibly be a Cavanaugh. But, Charles could technically use both last names if he is a product of Mr. D and Marion. I really would be surprised if this theory about Charles wasn't correct. In this show everything leads back to Radley and this theory applies perfecty to that.

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    • Exactly! Thanks for the encouragement :) It's actually a good mashup of both our theories :) I read yours, and liked it as well!!

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    • Yes! Mine is just a lot more vague and yours has all the details!

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    • ELN99 I think we still had some things right. I made a new theory, check it out and see what you think. I'm curios to know what your thoughts are!

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    • But what is his motive for hating the other girls? I get Ali and MAYBE Spencer, but not the rest. There is no motive for the rest.

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    • I like that theory ! I also thought Charles could be Wren (I've always thought Wren was A). I've read the actor has left the show and won't be back. But it can be just one more lie to protect A's identity. I would really love if Wren was A, there is so much clues pointing to him!

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    • This is a great theory - I have always suspected Wren (not sure if he was A necessarily but thought everything he did was odd)  and firmly believed Jason/Hannah/Aria/Toby etc could have a twin after what Sasha said in an interview about 'someone having a twin' but not Alison.

      When watching the episode last night my first instinct when Spencer turned round was 'OMG it's Wren'.  Not sure why but I thought she was going to see under the mask and it would be Wren's face.  I posted about it in 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' forum as I couldn't see anyone mentioning Wren - Glad I found this page :).

      I think it makes sense for Charles to be known to the audience as someone else, eg Wren or Andrew or one of the other A suspects, or he impersonates another character if he is an identical twin, otherwise it doesn't really 'pull three years together'.

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    • great theory! But what about the video clip in A's lair where Mrs. D had 2 boys and she told them to give a kiss to their sister? If one of those boys is Charles then it would have been impossible for Marion to have givien him up for adoption without anyone knowing. Those boys look to be around 3 years old. If they are twins then your theory is busted. If they are closely born brothers then it could be true that Marion had an affair with Mr. D. However, if thats the case then your theory of Marion giving the baby up for adoption so no one would know, would also fall not true. 

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    • This is great, well done, always thought Wren was fishy but never been able to tie it all together!

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    • Kwalleka wrote: But what is his motive for hating the other girls? I get Ali and MAYBE Spencer, but not the rest. There is no motive for the rest.

      Well, when I made this theory I believed the girls helped kill Bethany (I still believe this lol) and that's to reason A goes after all the girls.

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    • Lady Morwen wrote: I like that theory ! I also thought Charles could be Wren (I've always thought Wren was A). I've read the actor has left the show and won't be back. But it can be just one more lie to protect A's identity. I would really love if Wren was A, there is so much clues pointing to him!

      Thank you! I really thought my theory could work lol last night changed certain aspects though. :( I've made a knew one excluding Wren. Marlene did post a picture of the table read for next season and Wren was there :) so he's back in at least an episode.

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    • Dougal21 wrote: This is a great theory - I have always suspected Wren (not sure if he was A necessarily but thought everything he did was odd)  and firmly believed Jason/Hannah/Aria/Toby etc could have a twin after what Sasha said in an interview about 'someone having a twin' but not Alison.

      When watching the episode last night my first instinct when Spencer turned round was 'OMG it's Wren'.  Not sure why but I thought she was going to see under the mask and it would be Wren's face.  I posted about it in 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' forum as I couldn't see anyone mentioning Wren - Glad I found this page :).

      I think it makes sense for Charles to be known to the audience as someone else, eg Wren or Andrew or one of the other A suspects, or he impersonates another character if he is an identical twin, otherwise it doesn't really 'pull three years together'.

      Thank you so much! I've posted a new theory excluding Wren :( I was really hoping it would be him, and thought this theory would tie together loose ends. Oh well lol. I agree, I still think He will be someone we know. But it could just be the actor that plays Jason. Maybe we've thought it was Jason but really Charles. I don't know. I have to go re-watch again lol.

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    • Chelseannieves wrote: great theory! But what about the video clip in A's lair where Mrs. D had 2 boys and she told them to give a kiss to their sister? If one of those boys is Charles then it would have been impossible for Marion to have givien him up for adoption without anyone knowing. Those boys look to be around 3 years old. If they are twins then your theory is busted. If they are closely born brothers then it could be true that Marion had an affair with Mr. D. However, if thats the case then your theory of Marion giving the baby up for adoption so no one would know, would also fall not true. 

      I know :( this was written before the finale aired. I made a new theory that I posted excluding wren, but I liked this one better lol. I still think Marion plays into it all. I think my new post is called revising my Charles is A theory. :)

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    • Emc2g12 wrote: This is great, well done, always thought Wren was fishy but never been able to tie it all together!

      Thank you so much!! To bad last nights episode changed everything lol.

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    • I don't think that they are actually "twins", they don't even look alike. I love your theory, the only thing that keeps ringing in my head is that Wren once said that his father was mentally ill, not his mother.. Maybe this is a lie, I don't know.

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    • I thought of that aspect when I wrote the theory. My guess was he was talking about his adopted Dad not his bio dad, since he really wouldn't consider him to be his real father. That could even play into his anger and resentment. Maybe his adopted family wasn't idea, and then he finds out how well his real family is living.

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    • I was looking for clues in the internet and I found this foto! It has to by Charles hand! But how is that possible that Ali don´t remember anything?
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    • I think it's strange that Charles dollhouse and Wrens apartment had a "love thy neighbor" poster. Maybe Charles is closely related, cousin, etc, and not Jason's twin. The ages actually don't add up. Jason is about 6 years older than Ali. The boys were 4-5 tops. One looks a bit younger. And when she says kiss your sister, she is only talking to one or the boys...
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    • Mrs D is shown in the home video with boy boys. So she would have known about the son very early on and/or birthed him, not Toby's mom. I think he might be from her affair with Mr. Hastings (maybe Jasons twin). Remember, twins don't have to be identical. I've thought it was Wren too. What if he accidently broke Allison's arm when she was young so they had to send him away to Radley so he wouldn't hurt anyone else? Then when he saw how close his mother got to Bethany at Radley, he lost it.

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    • This is just a thought, but has anyone noticed that Detective Holbrook looks similar to Jason? I mean it might explain why A/Charles was able to give A messages to Ali while she was in jail. I just think that they have striking similarities. And this is only assuming that Charles is a character that we know by a different name.

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    • This theory was posted before the finale so a lot has changed. I know think that Charles was at Radley and that's why Mrs. d joined the board. Marion found out about the affair and when confronted Mrs. D accidentally pushes her to hard and she dies. I think Charles and Bethany were "together" Mrs. D took her under her wing to make Charles happy. But she witnessed what took place on the roof and Mrs. D separated them and no longer allowed him to be around Bethany. He eventually gets released and him and Bethany come up with a plan for her to sneak out and see him. And they do this for awhile, until one day she doesn't show. (Labour day) "walking after midnight." Now Charles is not only bitter about not being with his family, but Bethany's murder as well.

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    • I still feel that the reason Mrs. D protected the person she saw try to kill Ali, was because that person was also one of her kids. Charles fits, but then so would any other kid, especially those produced from the numerous affairs. And there is more than enough resentment in their family to go around. But the way he and Spencer reacted to each other, makes me think that Charles was posing as Jason earlier, during one of Spencer's many attempts to get closer to Jason.

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    • I also think we're going to find out that the Jason we thought we knew was actually Charles. After re watching episodes where he seems like he's ignoring the girls, and all the times he was "gone"

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    • If Charles and Bethany were a couple and she was sneaking out of Radley to meet him he could have followed her that night and witnesses Ali(the liars) hit Bethany. He could have followed her home and was the one that hit Ali.

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    • Dnewt wrote:
      I thought of that aspect when I wrote the theory. My guess was he was talking about his adopted Dad not his bio dad, since he really wouldn't consider him to be his real father. That could even play into his anger and resentment. Maybe his adopted family wasn't idea, and then he finds out how well his real family is living.

      If you pay really attention, Mrs. D just says "brother" to one of the boys. When the other one kisses Alison, she just repeats "OH, good boys!". So, I'm starting to think that we have been so excited to see twins that now we imagine them everywhere. They may not be brothers at all. 

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    • Pretty good, some of this is probably very close to the truth!

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    • Thank you!

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    • So Charlesunmasked just wrote a really interesting post. In it she mentions that the person filming could be the parent of the other boy. If this is the case, my theory could still hold some water. :)

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    • And if Mrs. D was having play dates, and later discovers the affair it would give her even more motives to kill Marion!

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    • Definitely!

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    • oooh wow this is very interesting. Have a look at my theory on Kenneth. I actually love your theory probably even more than mine.

      Wren is so suspicious I want him to be A !!!!

      So who is exactly Wren's parents?

      Maybe they sent Wren to a boarding school in U.K so they could forget about the affair, and it turned out he hated them for it, so he turned into a psychopath resulting in him being A. Also since he was in the U.K he missed out on prom, hence why he wanted to recreate it. 

      So far my theory is on either Mr D, Byron, or Wren being A/Charles

      Say if Byron had an affair with Mrs D resulting in Wren... then Wren killed his own mum because he resented her, still not sure what Wrens motive would be for obsession over Ali. Doesn't explain the 2 yellow dresses in which Ali found as a 7-9ish yr old?

      As I can't see Wren wanting a yellow dress when he was younger? unless he did and wanted to be a girl hence why they sent him over to the U.K to get better??

      But first part of theory was on point !!!!

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    • Ok, this might be waaaaaay far fetched. BUT. I looked up facts about the Wren (type of bird) and there is an old german legend about it:

      "The wren is also known as kuningilin "kinglet" in Old High German, a name associated with the fable of the election of the "king of birds". The bird who could fly to the highest altitude would be made king. The eagle outflew all other birds, but he was beaten by a small bird who had hidden in his plumage" (Wikipedia).

      In Sweden (where I am from) the bird Wren is called "Gärdsmyg" which literally translates to "meadow sneaker", referring to that the bird hides in bushes and sneaks as a survival method (hunting in the dark, sneaking on it's pray etc.). You Guys, isn't this EXACTLY what A does? Hiding, sneaking, playing it safe and harassing the girls in the safety of his lair? Assume that Wren knew about the fable and took the name? Or that the creators of the show knew about it and couldn't help themselves from playing a little word game? (Look at it, they love it, all the anagrams etc. Plus, Charles loves it, spelling his name and letting Spencer try to figure it out).

      I know, it's SO SO SO far fetched, but there is a slim possibility right?

      Also, the boys don't have to be twins or even brothers. All we know is that they are both related to the baby girl as Mrs D says "Kiss you sister, good boys".

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    • This is a great theory , i always believed that is radley and marion death is the big leads to A ! and i always had doubts about wren !

      but why would wren tortures the girls ? maybe ali and her mother but why the girls ?!

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    • Toby wasn't close to the hastings when Wren was first in the picture- so why was he dating Melissa to get close to the Cavanaughs?

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    • I think this may be right because I believe Marion had another child besides Toby and that is the child she is talking aobut when she says she wants to get better and spend time with her son.  She wants to find him.

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    • That's a great theory! I was just wondering if there is anyone that has the latest episode available on netflix or something where you can watch it high quality. I noticed some sort of birth certificate on the wall in Charles' vault, they show it around 33:55 just after the girls enter the vault. I took a screen shot but the quality is really bad, and I was just wondering if there is anyone around that could take a look and see if there are any names visible! I can't get a sharper image myself as the episode is not available yet in my country, and had to watch it online. It seems to me that this is a huge twin clue!

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    • My screen shot is very blurry as well, but it kind of looks like the shirt has a T on it. Or is it just me?
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    • This Theory is fantastic!

      I believe that the twins that will be revealed in this show will be Marion and Mrs D!!! Seriously how similar do they look??

      This would support your theory on why Mrs D was so curious to look into Marion's files at Radley and why she looked so loving towards the two boys in the home video. If one of them was Jason and the other was Charles/Wren then she would have been the aunty of Wren which would explain why she seemed very close to the two boys. At the time when the video was taken she wouldn't have realised that Mr D had an affair with Marion (her sister) and was infact the father of her nephew. She would have uncovered the truth later on and confronted her sister... escalating into Marion being pushed to her death.

      Also, if the liars were responsible or played a part in Bethany's murder that would explain why Wren would want to attack and torture the liars. The girls would have killed the only witness to his biological mother's suspicious death and he may never be able to uncover the truth of what happened to her.

      The only thing your theory doesnt explain is who the baby girl is in the home video? And who was the second dress for?

      Apart from that, great theory!!

      Twins mrs D and Marion

      Marion and Mrs D

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    • My money's on TOby doe. Maybe it isnt all that twisted. Blinding Jenna, maybe the liars had smth to do with Marion's death and he seeks revenge. Who knows, toby could be prentending all this while ? 

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    • THIS IS SOOOOOO GOOOOOD! I TOTALLY AGREE WITH THE WREN THEORY <3

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    • it's not true mrs. D knew ali was alive. she burried her thinking she was dead to cover up for someone, CHARLES. then that old crazy lady pull her out of the ground, and than yes, she escaped town. 

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    • Thanks guys, this was written before the "Charles" reveal.

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