The Feb. 18 episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ revealed that Ezra is not the villainous ‘A,’ which creator Marlene King confirmed in a follow-up interview. And while some fans are hailing this as a brilliant plot twist, I’m choosing to call foul.
Let me begin by saying how much I love Pretty Little Liars. I’ve been riding the Rosewood Roller Coaster since day one, and I don’t plan on getting off until the ride comes to a complete stop. But you know what I don’t love? Spending months being told who the show’s villain is, only to have the rug pulled illogically out from under me — and this isn’t the first time that’s happened.
When Ezra (Ian Harding) “came clean” to Aria (Lucy Hale) on last night’s episode, I didn’t buy a word he was saying. Like, we’re supposed to believe he tricked Aria into a relationship for the sake of some “true crime” book, then accidentally fell in love with her for real? This is PLL, not She’s All That.
Yet much to my dismay, creator Marlene King confirms to E! Online that Ezra was telling the truth — or, at the very least, that he’s not the villain we were literally told he was.
Ezra Is NOT ‘A,’ Marlene King Confirms
“Ezra is not A, but he is a pretty little liar,” Marlene tells the site. “So now it’s going to be about what his true intentions were. Was he doing this for greed? Did this turn into something else? Was he helping the girls ultimately? You know, time will tell but I think that betrayal is betrayal.”
Coincidentally, “betrayal” is also a word I associate with last night’s episode from a fan’s perspective. I mean, Ian confirmed to HollywoodLife.com that Ezra was “A” after last year’s summer finale, and now he’s just… not? This is Toby (Keegan Allen) all over again, and while I actually enjoyed Toby’s twist as a plot device, this retcon schtick is getting a little old.
Fool me once, shAme on you. Fool me twice, shAme on me.
As much as I still love the show, I’m starting to feel like I can’t trust it anymore, as it’s straight-up lying to our faces. I mean, if Ezra was never “A,” then why has he spent the last eight episodes walking around like that shifty-eyed dog from The Simpsons?
(Credit to Senior Editor Shaunna Murphy for that genius comparison, by the way.)
HollywoodLifers, what’s your take on the Ezra back peddle? Are you relieved that he’s not “A,” or are you mad for being directly lied to for so long? Speak your truth in the comments section below.
— Andy Swift