Warning: Major spoilers ahead. Turn back now if you’re not caught up on Pretty Little Liars.
It hasn’t even been a month since the Pretty Little Liars season 7A finale, and the bonkers fan theories are already rolling in. The subject this week? Mary Drake, Charlotte’s birth mother, who revealed that she is also Spencer’s mom in a twist that left everyone on the floor. (I’m still on the floor, to be honest.)
One surprise child apparently isn’t enough for us insatiable PLL fans. The sleuths behind the popular Tumblr thread thebestplltheories seem to think Mary has another secret child: Bethany Young. Yes, the same Bethany whose dead body was incorrectly identified as Alison’s—a plot point responsible for much of the show’s f–kery.
If you think about it, the theory totally makes sense. The thebestplltheories Tumblr post lays all of it out nicely, but I’ve recapped the need-to-know nuggets here:
Essentially, it all comes down to Alison’s and Bethany’s genetics. How is it that an entire police department couldn’t tell these gals apart?
“Alison never died, and somehow they thought it was her in the grave, when really it was Bethany,” thebestplltheories creators write. “The ONLY explanation for how this happened is that Alison and Bethany have similar DNA.” (It is totally plausible police officers found similar DNA in Bethany and jumped the gun.)
Then there’s this: Jessica DiLaurentis wanted Bethany to call her Aunt Jessie. Is that because Jessica was actually her aunt?! Dun, dun, duuuun.
It’s bananas, I know—but this is Pretty Little Liars, people! Creator I. Marlene King decapitates characters, sets them on fire, and gives them book editor jobs at 23 like it’s nobody’s business. We’re way past bananas. Anything is possible.