'Pretty Little Liars': Analyzing Paige McCullers

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Paige McCullers (Lindsey Shaw) didn't really get off to a good start when she first appeared in "Pretty Little Liars." In fact, she was a bully until she began to crack under the pressure and confessed to Emily (Shay Mitchell) that she's gay. Now, Emily and Paige are dating, but suspicions that Paige might be "A" are coming to the surface. Let's take a closer look at Paige McCullers.

Reasons Paige could be "A"

First and foremost, we can't dismiss the new evidence that came to light in the episode "Single Fright Female." Spencer (Troian Bellisario) and Hanna (Ashley Benson) rifled through Paige's bag and found one of Ali's (Sasha Pieterse) earrings -- the ones Aria (Lucy Hale) had buried with Ali. Taking into account that Ali's grave was recently dug up, and the contents have been appearing all over the place, it's fair to cast serious doubt over Paige. How else would she have gotten the earring if she didn't dig up Ali's body?

Paige has also begun to show an interest in spending more time with Emily's friends. It could be argued that she's just trying to fit in with her girlfriend's best buddies, but considering they all obviously dislike her, she should realize she's fighting a losing battle. However, if Paige is "A," getting closer to the girls would only serve to make her reign of terror more scary. The more she knows, the more she can use against them.

Another reason Paige might be "A" is that, shortly after Spencer called Paige a snake, Spencer got locked inside a dressing room where a nasty looking snake was smuggled in inside a box. Seems like too big of a coincidence for these events not to be connected.

Reasons Paige could have killed Maya

The most obvious reason that Paige could have murdered Maya (Bianca Lawson) is that she was jealous. Paige always had a thing for Emily, and it must have been painful for her to see Em so happy with someone else. She had a very clear motive, which makes her a prime suspect.

We know from past incidents that Paige has no problem doing what needs to be done to get what she wants. She almost drowned Emily in the school pool because her swim team captaincy was under threat. She also gave Ali a nasty kick to the shoulder during a soccer game and showed more signs of aggression after she witnessed Emily kissing Nate (Sterling Sulieman). When Paige isn't happy, she's not afraid to show it, and she certainly isn't anti-violence.

Reasons Paige might be innocent

Regular viewers of "Pretty Little Liars" know that many innocent people have been set up as killers or bullies through the course of the show. Ian Thomas (Ryan Merriman) and Noel Kahn (Brant Daugherty) have been two of the biggest suspects, with everyone genuinely believing they had done something unspeakable. Paige could simply be the next person to be framed for something she hasn't actually done.

When Jenna visited Emily in Season 3, Episode 11, she made it very clear that Emily should be careful who she spends time with. The natural conclusion to jump to is that she meant Paige, but there is another possibility. She may well have meant Nate, who is showing signs of having a nasty temper.

Regarding the "snake" incident, it was clear that someone was listening to Spencer and Emily's conversation, and we were lead to assume it was Paige. But the fact that we didn't actually see her suggests that it could have been someone else. The real "A."

In spite of her occasional psychotic tendencies, Paige seems like a decent girl. When she opens up and lets out her insecurities, you can't help but feel bad for her. It always feels genuine. While it's true that "A" would need to be a great actor to fool the girls, Paige seems so truly emotionally scarred, it's hard to imagine that she would fake it.

Finally, is there a real motive for Paige to be "A"? None of the pretty little liars knew that Ali was feuding with Paige, so by default, they couldn't have been joining in. What would cause Paige to want to hurt Ali's friends if they never did anything to her?

Paige McCullers definitely has huge question marks hanging over her head, but you should never take anything at face value in "Pretty Little Liars." It's never what it seems!

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