Just when we thought we had Pretty Little Liars ' Season 6 Charles reveal all figured out, Tuesday night's episode dragged a whole new group of suspects back into the A identity guessing game. Weren't you feeling incredibly content with believing that those Drunkgate "spoilers" could potentially end up being real? Well, that was a short-lived moment of happiness during the infuriatingly named #SummerOfAnswers. On this week's new episode, "O Brother, Where Art Thou," Pretty Little Liars revealed a new Charles home movie that is forcing fans to reexamine our pool of Charles suspects yet again — and of course Bustle's podcast Taking This One To The Grave had to get in on the action. So, who is Freddy on Pretty Little Liars and should we — like Tumblr — really put emphasis on the child's resemblance to a long-deceased PLL detective?
It's obvious that we're supposed to believe — based on the latest home movie that was screened for Ali and Jason on Tuesday — that Freddy is Charles DiLaurentis. But, while the video did finally make some fans feel something for the series' villain, it also gave us more questions to ask. The popular theory that Wren is Charles on PLL might not work anymore based on what we saw in that video and, if you're anything like me, that's probably making you want to rip your hair out. I mean, that kid really looked NOTHING like Wren. Right? Which leads us to a very likely contender — and character that appeared in the Pretty Little Liars pilot way back in 2010 (Wow, has it really be FIVE years of this?) — Detective Darren Wilden. As you'll hear in the podcast below, Wilden is now a top Charles suspect, despite the whole being dead thing.
Of course, there's still a chance that Wren is actually the lost DiLaurentis sibling under the mask — it'd be silly for us to rule the creepy doctor out entirely at this point — but the resemblance between "Freddy" and Wilden is wild. And, like we've been reminded many times before, there are no coincidences in Rosewood. However, Wilden isn't the only suspect that's back on the table. Minor characters like Hanna's (very brief) love interest Travis and Duncan, the pilot who claimed to have flown Ali back from Hilton Head that one summer, are also being called back for questioning online. But there's an even bigger and more intricate theory out there as well
PLL fans are starting to wonder whether or not Jessica DiLaurentis really pulled a major switch-up with her children. A seemingly so-crazy-it-just-might-work theory is that Jason is actually Charles, and Jessica started brainwashing him at an early age after putting the real Jason in Radley, thus making it easier to keep the real parentage of Jason a secret. Does that sound far-fetched to you? Maybe, but Jessica had a lot of secrets and was clearly capable of a lot more than we were led to believe over the past five seasons. The idea of multiple identities seems to be a common thread with the DiLaurentis family (remember when Ali decided she didn't want to be herself anymore and became Vivian or when she pretended to be Cece and vice versa) and I could see Jessica pulling this off if her kids were young enough and if Kenneth was always as oblivious as he is now.
So here we are, three episodes away from another "Big Charles Reveal," with more questions about Charles' identity than we did when Season 6 premiered. To get your theory fix, check out past episodes of Taking This One To The Grave below, and be sure to follow Bustle’s SoundCloud page for even more.
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Intro Music: “A Tense Encounter,” Tom Howe via APMusicProduction: Noel Howard