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Pretty Little Liars: Why would Mrs. DiLaurentis bury her own daughter?

PLL stars Nolan North, Sasha Pieterse, Andrea Parker in NYC on March 18
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Before her (spoiler!) death in the season four finale of Pretty Little Liars, Jessica DiLaurentis was seen burying her daughter alive.

“What have you done?” Mrs. D asked as she shoveled dirt onto her daughter’s lifeless body.

  • She’s protecting someone. Why would a mother try to cover up her own daughter’s death? To protect someone – a child, a sibling. Could Jason be the person who hit Ali with the rock? Could Ali have a twin? Could there be another child we don’t know about or does Mrs. D herself have a twin that she’s trying to protect. Whichever way, we can’t think of another reason to protect someone for hurting your child
  • She’s protecting herself. Mrs. D and Ali had an explosive mother-daughter relationship that we saw many times. From slamming the cover of a piano on her daughters fingers to fighting with her outside at a restaurant, Mrs. D never seemed to be on good terms with Ali. Was she afraid she’d be prime suspect?
  • She’s being forced. Those cries could be interpreted in different ways. One way is that she was upset that someone (see above) did this and now she has to cover it up for them. Another is that she’s being forced. This person is holding something over Mrs. Hastings and is making her bury her own daughter in order to cover up the murder.
  • She made a deal. We know there’s something fishy going on between the Hastings and DiLaurentis family. We saw this when Peter Hastings asked her if they still had an understanding at the Rosewood police station. Did Spencer really hit Alison? Did Melissa? There’s a secret here and we don’t know what it is, but really want to find out.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marlene King, the PLL showrunner, hinted that maybe it wasn't because she was protecting someone.

"I think if you go back and watch that scene, she was just tortured to do it," said King. "You watch her and there was just absolute misery on her face, so there's definitely a lot more to that story that we're going to dive into."

We're not totally sure ourselves why Mrs. D would do that to her own daughter, but we know we'll have to wait until at least June 10 when season five of PLL premieres on our TV screens.