Warning: Please note that this article explores a major event that occurred in the thirteenth episodes of Pretty Little Liars Season 3 and contains specific descriptions and spoilers. Read at your own risk.
The Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Halloween special — “This Is A Dark Ride” was full of mind-blowing twists and screams. However, nothing shocked viewers more than the final harrowing scene which depicted a mysterious human hand digging its way out through fresh soil in the DiLaurentis’ backyard. Clearly, some poor unfortunate soul had been buried alive, but the question was — whose hand was it?
Many fans immediately pegged the hand as belonging to Paige McCullers, since she foiled A’s plan to eliminate Spencer Hastings when she intervened during a fight between the two. Also, nothing is ever what it seems in Rosewood and the episode included some unsettling flashback footage so other viewers claimed the hand belonged to Alison DiLaurentis.
Luckily though, we won’t have to spend the next few months fretting over this crazy mystery until PLL Season 3B returns with all new episodes on January 8, 2013. Why? Because the show’s marvelous showrunner, Marlene King, revealed the truth in a recent interview with TVLine.com:
“This was never intended to confuse people,” she says. “That is from the past and was never meant to be present-day Halloween. That [setting was] the gazebo’s perimeter.”
The good news is now we know: That it for sure isn’t Paige’s hand. (Yeahy, Pailey!) That it’s a person from the flashback. And let’s be real — the only person in the flashback scenes during the Halloween episode who anyone would want dead was Alison!
Do note that Marlene didn’t exactly say 100% for sure that it was Alison. However, there’s a lot of evidence to indicate that it was, in our humble opinion — unless of course it was You-Know-Who from the PLL book series by Sara Shepard. Ahh!) The bad news though is that Alison DiLaurentis was most likely killed a “second” time. Remember the autopsy report from PLL Season 2 — dirt had been found in her lungs, but doctors confirmed that she actually died from a bludgeon to the head (either by the shovel or field-hockey stick). It all suddenly makes sense!
Moreover, personally, we immediately suspected that the hand belongs to poor Alison mainly because of the friendship bracelet that she was wearing.
Nevertheless, this is Rosewood we’re talking about, and anything can happen! Anyone can be A. Anyone can be a killer. Anyone can be a victim. Thus, it’s not too far-fetched to assume that Alison being buried alive was part of a premeditated ruse with Garrett Reynolds for whatever reason. (It was awfully suspicious when he whacked the tree and pretended he had killed her during episode 3.13).
So tell us, lovelies: Did you immediately know while watching the Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Halloween special that the hand was Alison’s? Or did you have another theory?