ALISON IS PUSHING EMILY AWAY TO KEEP HER SAFE
After reading [this], I felt reassured that Alison’s intentions were pure. She hasn’t been manipulating Emily in the same way she used to, she doesn’t want Emily to stay. At least not for now. She needs to keep Emily safe. Then it clicked….
This [theory] by AnalyzingA analyses a few key scenes that proves that Ali had been planning this whole Cyrus thing since 5x05.
During the time, everyone was freaking out about that short moment of hesitation from Alison when Emily asked, “Ali? Are you asleep?”
Carrying on from what Anonymous said from the first link… It wouldn’t make sense for Alison to have kissed Emily that night, if (at the same time) she had been planning the whole Cyrus confession. If she needed to push Emily away in order to keep her safe, why kiss her?
Unless she wanted one last moment to surrender to her feelings, to finally act on how she truly felt about Emily, before having to push her away.
Everyone thought that the hesitation was because she didn’t want to turn around (or something similar to that) but now have I just realised that her face is telling something a lot different.
She knows that she shouldn’t do it. She knows that it would be a lot easier for Emily to pull away if she didn’t turn around, if she let Emily think that she didn’t feel anything for her. It looks like she’s having an internal struggle with herself: to do what must be done (to keep Em safe) or to turn around and explore what she feels for her.
This was the one moment where Alison wasn’t in control, where she let herself succumb to her desire. I think it’s true, Alison is making a huge sacrifice. She wants to be with Emily, but above that, she needs Emily to be safe.
By the Liars abandoning Ali and Ali forming her own team, she gives no reason for -A to target the Liars anymore. Alison will be the only target, therefore the other girls will be safe.