Let’s review the details! Holden and his family moved to Portugual for a year before returning to Rosewood — a scenario similar to the year abroad Aria [Lucy Hale] and her family spent at the beginning of the series. Because Holden and Aria were friends when they were kids, their parents decided they should spend time together again. Next thing you know, the two were being set up on what amounted to teen playdates.
At the time, Aria wasn’t allowed to see Ezra (Ian Harding), so she turned her Holden time into much-needed Ezria time. Holden was cool with that since he had his own idea of how best to while away those hours — fighting in an underground Korean martial arts club near Philadelphia. Then Aria discovered his heart pills (due to a childhood condition) and confronted him — which seemed to help him realize he was abusing his body for no good reason, though we don’t really know for sure.
Also, if Holden was Aria’s childhood friend, it makes sense that he could have been any of the Little Liars’ friends, including Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse). What about the theory that Holden is someone from Ali’s past? Share your theories in the comments below!
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Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter@MollyFriedman.