This is something we never thought we’d say! After several seasons of rooting for the relationship of Ezra and Aria to triumph on ‘Pretty Little Liars,’ could it finally be time for the couple to throw in the towel (and for our shipping hearts to throw it in as well)?
The Jan. 27 episode of Pretty Little Liars was full to the brim with couple confrontations, but one in particular has us rethinking a lot. After finally coming clean about stabbing him in the back, Aria (Lucy Hale) and Ezra (Ian Harding) have to look at the facts in the harsh light of day. After all they’ve been through– and all of their drama and secrets– it might be time that the two recognize the toxicity of their relationship and breakup for good.
‘Pretty Little Liars’: Aria & Ezra Should Breakup
On the most recent episode of PLL, “The Bin of Skin,” after two episodes of buildup, Aria fessed up to Ezra about the scathing letter she wrote about him.
The way in which Ezra responded to Aria’s burst of selfish immaturity was all the more proof as to why exactly the two should no longer be together– and why Aria should probably be on her own.
To refresh, in said letter, Aria wrote a desperate admissions letter to Talmadge, essentially blaming Ezra for her shortcomings as a student. She went so far as to credit her relationship with an older guy for essentially ruining her high school career.
So, what happened when Aria finally admitted the awful truth about the letter to Ezra? Was he angry? Did he fire back at her? Um, not quite.
As could probably have been expected, Ezra accepts the misplaced blame and agrees that he is at fault for squandering her high school career. Because of this, Aria can again walk away without taking responsibility for her actions and without having to do some self examination or growing up.
Time For Aria To Grow Up
Aria’s revelation did cause Ezra to step back and realize, “hey, maybe I shouldn’t be dating a girl who isn’t yet in college,” but that’s just the beginning of what must be done.
Aria placing the blame of her academic failures on her relationship with Ezra is so misinformed– not because the relationship didn’t influence her at a vulnerable time in her life, because it totally did. But rather, she refuses to recognize her complicity and desire to be in that relationship. We all make mistakes, particularly when we’re young, but there is a level of self awareness that Aria is lacking when it comes to accepting responsibility for her actions, and it’s proof that, going into college, she needs to be single.
Without the presence of a guy to muck up her decisions, Aria will have only herself and her choices at play in her life and, after all of her time with Ezra, that’s exactly what she needs.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Aria and Ezra call it quits for good? Should Aria be single? Or do you still ship Ezria and that’ll never change?
— Casey Mink