The S6A Premiere Preview
This promo makes me so excited for multiple reasons, mostly because some of the things I've been hearing about the sixth season, at least for the first half. Obviously I think the girls are going to make their escape from this dollhouse prison within the first two episodes if not the premiere itself, but what happens to them, what "Charles" puts them through, is going to be so traumatic that it leaves emotional and psychological scars. From the looks of it, they're being punished for attempting to escape, and then later being forced to become their former selves before Alison disappeared. I mean, Aria is wearing those red streaks in her hair again. And Mona may be separated from the group, it seems, perhaps placed in isolation for breaking her "role" and helping the girls. And goodness knows how long it would be since they were placed in there. Days? A week or two? It really depends on the time frame of which things are occurring for the girls and the investigation back in Rosewood to find them.
Basically, I'm intrigued with what this season is going to bring us. While the show does tend to give us more questions than answers and it does go through spells of rough patches with dull storylines that have nothing to do with the main plot, the way the mystery is laid out in front of us, especially from last season with not just Alison's trial but seeing the girls captured in this dollhouse of hell, makes for something fascinating. The game has been upped tenfold because whoever this "Charles" is, essentially has the textbook characteristics of a psychopath. This promo really is setting up that creepy vibe, which I really liked in the finale, so I'm all in with this.
Theories: "Charles" and "A" Possible Identities
Plenty of fan theories have been circulating about who "A" has been since the beginning of the show, and it has shifted and changed as the seasons have progressed based on what has been revealed. One of my favorites so far has been Lucas being Über "A" (thanks to tellshannon815 for bringing that link to my attention), which even though any theory can be convincing enough to make anyone suspect, this one is highly plausible.
Now, the fifth season finale didn't give us the identity of who captured the girls, but we did get some new information to decipher the clues from. And here are my possible theories on who this "Charles" may be.
Theory #01: In the home video Jessica DiLaurentis is holding a newborn baby girl, and talking to two young boys (of the same age) to kiss their baby sister. While the fandom assumption is that the baby is Alison and Jason is one of the boys (thus indicating that "Charles" is the other one), I actually think that the baby girl is Bethany Young, and the two boys are her brothers. There have been plenty of clues about Jessica having a shady past, considering that Bethany was in Radley and she kept visiting her there, never mind that young!Alison found two boxes with identical dresses that her mother explicitly told her to lie that she only found one, never mind that Bethany had a hatred for Jessica and possibly even Alison herself. Maybe Jessica was involved with another man, that perhaps like how Jason is Alison's half-brother, Bethany could've been her half-sister or something along those lines, or Jessica was supposed to care for these children somehow but got sidetracked with her own family. Bethany being at Radley does raise questions, perhaps Jessica wanted to keep her secret, giving reason to feeling betrayed with having a lot of pent up anger, or perhaps Bethany was there because something happened (like the Halloween story Alison told in "The First Secret") and she remained there while thinking that Jessica loved her until she found out the truth. Also, if this was true, where did those two brothers go? Also at Radley or another psychiatric hospital? It would explain why "Charles" has a childlike vengeance with things, just look at their lair and the contraption of creating a lifesize dollhouse prison to sadistically play with the girls.
So I do think that "Charles" is in relation to Bethany Young somehow, and it's been mentioned that we've met them before (so they're not just some random psychopath) and that they have a fascination with Alison and her friends. Whether it's hatred and jealousy or something else entirely, I don't know, but I'm definitely curious to find out. Also with Andrew Campbell, because the home video and the location of these security cameras are shown to be at his family ranch, he definitely plays a part. Perhaps he was childhood friends with them and after certain events he is helping out, being their other pair of eyes and ears and getting close to the girls.
(This one is my strongest theory at the moment, because there are subtle clues throughout the show that indicate there is more connection with Radley, Bethany, and Jessica DiLaurentis that may tie everything together on why Alison and the girls are being targeted.)
Theory #02: The reason why I place quotation marks around "Charles" is because we have no confirmation that that is their name. It could be a middle name, nickname or a codename or something, similar to the whole "Varjak" situation in those couple of episodes. If this is true, then they could be anyone of any gender. Using "Charles" was intentional for the girls to figure out. It's all part of the game in solving the puzzle, and they want the girls to do that. It's all about messing with their heads. But regardless, it could be a number of people: Wren, Noel, Cece, Ezra...someone who isn't their age but older, and someone with an axe to grind against them. Take, for example, the staged prom that is placed in the finale. It obviously holds some significance, it's a time and place where something happened. But what? And why?
Theory #03: Bethany Young is still alive and is playing the role of "Charles". It's interesting to me that we've seen nothing of her appearance on the show, not in a flashback or even a photograph, and only have heard her voice on the recordings from Radley. And we know that accurately identifying deaths isn't exactly a competent quality in Rosewood, especially when DNA can be transferred and planted. Bethany has plenty of reason to want to get her revenge, she may have killed Jessica, she may be viciously playing the girls. It's a longshot theory, but it's one I can get behind.
Regardless of these theories though, I'm excited for the new season to start.