If I had a nickel for every time I said that Ezra is A or A.D. on Pretty Little Liars, I could probably afford to buy the whole squad new hoodies. Luckily, I’m not alone in thinking that Ezra has been behind all of this from the beginning — Bustle’s Associate TV Editor Martha Sorren thinks so, too, and that’s what she talked about on Taking This One To The Grave: Bustle’s Pretty Little Liars Podcast. Ezra has been suspicious all along, and with only a few episodes left of the series, I’m hoping that our very important opinions will be vindicated.
Ezra has been a problem basically since the beginning of the series. He was literally working on a book about the liars when he “met” them all (aka stalked them), and then Aria found out and gave the world that really weird GIF of her crying. Most recently, though, I found it curious that things were ramping up with A.D. when Ezra was gone looking for Nicole and then helping Nicole’s family out after Nicole returned home. A.D. is good, but A.D. can’t be in two places at once. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither was that big game board. Ezra has always known more than he let on.
Like the great minds of Martha on the podcast and myself, the very involved and devoted Pretty Little Liars fans on Reddit think Ezra is involved in all of this nonsense, too. Tamqueen mentioned that in the June 13 episode, Aria got a message from A.D. telling her that she looked good in her uniform. Mind you, it’s just a hoodie, but who was the only person in Aria’s circle to see her donning that black hoodie? Ezra.
In the June 13 episode, Aria finally admits to Ezra that she filled out a police report saying that he took advantage of her as a teenager. She wrote it after she found out about the book he was writing, but she never turned it in. When Aria tells Ezra, he is all, “I knew the whole time.” Well, of course you did, because you’re A.D. You know everything. Darlinrose16 takes this further, saying that after Aria proved her loyalty to A.D. (Ezra), the game was over. She wins right after she absolves Ezra of his guilt, and then there is a body in her car so she can’t turn herself in. These two can now live happily ever after, and Aria can’t do anything to stop it. Interesting, huh?
Sometimes, things are hidden in plain sight. Remember how Ezra’s last name is actually Fitzgerald? That means that the last letters of his name are A and D. He could have changed it to Fitz to get everyone off his tail. On Reddit, Opp0rtunist points out that there have been more mentions of Ezra’s brother and family (whom I have completely forgotten about) than ever before — is the show refreshing our collective memories so they can tie up the loose ends at the end of the series? Like, hey, remember Ezra’s people? They’re still here?
Ezra is also a master manipulator. Remember how he got Aria, an underage girl and his student, to date him? (I’ll never see their relationship as anything but inappropriate, so don’t @ me.) He also could be controlling Mona, says The_Big_F. This user writes:
“Mona is made to be stuck and addicted by the game again... Why? Only Charlotte could pull that up, right? No. Ezra [can], who has made Mona act as A again… He knows how addicted to the game she is, [and] he was writing a book where she was one of the most important characters.”
All of these theories are great, and I can’t wait to see where Pretty Little Liars leaves us at the finale. In the meantime, listen to the above Taking This One To The Grave episode and come up with some of your own theories.