[Warning: The following contains spoilers from Tuesday's episode of Pretty Little Liars. Read at your own risk]
Once again, it comes down to a red jacket.
Pretty Little Liars kicked off Season 7 on Tuesday by throwing Alison DiLaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) under the bus for Charlotte's (Vanessa Ray) murder. The group was given 24 hours to hand over Charlotte's "real killer" to A.D. (formerly known as Uber-A) and Ali became their favorite suspect with only minutes left on the clock.
It turns out that Aria (Lucy Hale) saw someone — someone they're all sure is Alison — entering the clock tower wearing a red jacket on the night Charlotte was killed. Emily (Shay Mitchell) was then put in charge of going to talk to Alison at Webly Sanitarium and getting her to confess to killing her older sister. Instead, Alison asked God for forgiveness for an unknown crime while Emily watched at her bedside. A mid-sleep confession from someone under psychiatric sedation is totally something to rely on, you know?
Luckily, Emily doesn't go back to the group right away. She decides to visit Alison's house where she finds the infamous red jacket in a box of goodwill donations. Alison's "confession" along with the red jacket are enough to convince the group — especially a jumpy Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) — that Alison should be turned over to A.D. in exchange for Hanna's life. If they're wrong, Alison is safe at Webly with her husband Elliott (Huw Collins) — who just happens to be working with Mary Drake (Andrea Parker) to avenge Charlotte's death. Uh-oh!
All in all, the Liars are leaning very hard into this theory with very flimsy evidence. Alison DiLaurentis has a lot to ask God's forgiveness for considering she once let all of her friends and family think she was dead for two years. It's a big leap to think that her ramblings were a confession of murder. Secondly, Alison has always been a fan of red jackets. The red jacket she wore during her Vivian Darkbloom days haunted the Liars in the early seasons and eventually lead the them to discover that Alison wasn't dead. There's nothing to suggest that the new discovery is as ominous though — just that Alison still thinks red is her color.
All the Liars know is that Alison was at the clock tower the night that Charlotte died — but so was Aria. They didn't even test the red jacket for Charlotte's blood before deciding that Alison was guilty. The Liars are starting off the season doing some very sloppy detective work and they'll need to step up their game if they want to get the best of A.D. — who already is proving to be smarter than any of their previous foes.
Pretty Little Liars continues Tuesdays at 8/7c on Freeform.