After our in-depth analysis on the identity of Gossip Girl, the YKYLF Forensic Squad have teamed up to provide this highly scientific investigation into the identity of A.

A might be a person, a team of people, or a highly organized military unit. How else is/are he/she/they able to constantly monitor every action of so many people, as well as maintain a careful wardrobe of black hoodies and leather gloves?

One of the show’s producers said that we met A early on in season 1, and that they have appeared in season 2. That eliminates a few people, but still leaves several suspects, namely…

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Jenna Cavanaugh

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot”

Pros
– Was blinded by Alison/the PLLs (motive to torment them) 
– Stole a page from Alison’s autopsy report
– Is in cahoots with Garrett and the NAT Club
– Hired Caleb to seduce Hanna

Cons
– We don’t know that Alison’s murder has anything to do with A
– The PLLs have suspected her for ages, which makes her possibly too obvious a choice 
– Being a terrible person doesn’t necessarily mean she’s also A
– Is blind, and if she had to send texts by voice command, people would have noticed by now

Verdict: Probably not A, but probably involved in Alison’s murder.

 

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Lucas Gottesman

First Appearance
1×06 “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” 

Pros
– Has a vendetta against Alison
– Overall shady behaviour
– Trashed Alison’s memorial
– Knowledgeable about photography (we’ve seen A processing photos) 
– Helped Hanna sell her stuff online (A was shown online shopping one time…)

Cons
– In love with Hanna
– PLLs have suspected him (see: Jenna)

Verdict: Probably a red herring and/or a minion of A. 

 

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Noel Kahn

First Appearance
1×03 “To Kill A Mocking Girl” 

Pros
– Is a terrible human being
– Has attractive eyes (people who interact with A have mentioned his/her/their eyes)
– Is not above blackmailing (he tried to blackmail Ezra for better grades)

Cons
– Has no reason to have a vendetta against the PLLs

Verdict: 100% Douche, probably not A. Possibly an A minion.

 

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Mona Vanderwall

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” 

Pros
– Is knowledgeable about computer hacking
– Was treated poorly by Alison & the other PLLs (motive for revenge)
– Fast texting fingers
– Knows her way around technology
– Comfortable in the woods (as seen during her Glamping party)
– Threw away Caleb’s love letter to Hanna in Season 1

Cons
– Has been victimized by A (but she could be faking it)

Verdict: HIGHLY LIKELY.

 

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Melissa Hastings

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” 

Pros:
– Has motive for revenge (!!!) against Alison, who had been sleeping with Ian (Melissa’s BF)
– Lied about what happened at the Hilton Resort with Ian and Alison
– Was involved with the NAT Club via Ian 

Cons:
– She may have been mad at Alison, but what would she have against Emily, Aria or Hanna? 
– Doesn’t live in Rosewood anymore, which would make it harder to stalk them 

Verdict: Not likely. But possible. Maybe she was the Original A who stalked Ali, and then someone else took over from her after Ali’s death?

 

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Spencer Hastings

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” 

Pros: 
– Ridiculously smart
– Kinda crazy
– Makes sense when you think about it 

Cons:
–  Spencer is a target
– A made her break up with Toby, which broke Spencer’s heart
– All of her BFFs are having their lives ruined by A 

Verdict: Maybe. If Spencer has multiple personalities (which is possible) she could be A but not even know it’s her. This would explain why Spencer, the smartest human in Rosewood, can’t solve the mystery – she’s her own nemesis.

 

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The NAT Club (Ian, Jason, Garrett) 

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” (Ian) / 1×08 (Jason) / 1×19 (Garrett)

Pros:
– Taking secret surveillance videos of young teenage girls is creepy, and so is A’s behaviour
– Clearly hiding something (possibly Alison’s murder?) 

 Cons:
– Ian is dead (and therefore no longer a suspect)
– Jason’s been sweet to both Aria and Spencer 

Verdict: Probably not “A”, but likely had something to do Alison’s murder.

 

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Byron Montgomery (working with Peter Hastings)

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” (Byron) / 1×02 “The Jenna Thing” (Peter)

Pros:
– Both are good at keeping secrets (Byron’s affair, Jason’s adultery)
– May have “stolen” the gun in A Kiss Before Dying to keep suspicion off of themselves 

Cons:
– Why would they torment their own daughters? (*Well, it is Rosewood, after all) 
– If they are involved with A? They are officially the Worst Dads Ever. 

Verdict: Unlikely. But if it’s true? YKYLF had the scoop!

 

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Alison DiLaurentis/Vivian Darkbloom

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” (Alison) / 2×18 “A Kiss Before Lying” (Vivian) 

Pros:
– Name starts with the letter “A”
– Knows all of the PLL’s secrets
– “A” showed up at the same time Alison’s body was discovered (wait, is that a pro or a con?) 

Cons:
– Is dead 

Verdict: 50/50. I wouldn’t be surprised to find out she’s miraculously not dead. Maybe that’s what the missing Page 5 of her autopsy report says? 

 

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Ezra Fitz

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot”

Pros:
– Arrived in Rosewood at the same time the “A” messages started to arrive 
– Owns a typewriter (A has sent typewritten letters) 
– As a teacher, he’d have access to students’ lockers, class schedules, etc. for stalking purposes 
– Aria hasn’t been victimized as the other PLLs 

Cons:
– Can you imagine the outcry from the Ezria-shippers if it turns out their whole relationship was a lie? 

Verdict: 100% unlikely

 

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Maya St. Germain

First Appearance
1×01 “Pilot” 

Pros:
– Mysteriously moved into the DiLaurentis’ old house at the same time that “A” came on the scene
– Living in that house, she would have access to Alison’s old diaries, to get info to use to blackmail the PLLs
– In Over My Dead Body, Hanna noted Maya’s boots, which are similar to the ones we saw “A” ordering online
– A wrecked Emily’s relationship with Samara (because Maya/A was jealous?)
 

 Cons:
– The show’s been very respectful of Emily’s coming-out storyline, and making her first girlfriend a psycho stalker would kinda wreck that 

Verdict: Unlikely. She’s just a moody hippie.

 

What do you guys think? Is A one person, or a team? Who do you think is “A”?