Pretty Little Liars dropped some major plot bombs in last night’s episode — Season 4, Episode 15 (“Love ShAck, Baby”) — not least of which was the diary-fueled reveal that Hanna (Ashley Benson) hooked up with Aria’s little brother, Mike (Cody Allen Christian), a few years ago. Was this a throwaway plot, or will this connection come back up now that Haleb is dunzo? Basically, should Hanna and Mike actually get together?
We have wondered about the possibility of Hanna and Mike for awhile, if only because their counterpart characters in the book series shared something special. (Also, because Mike has grown up into a total hottie.) But, the book characters do not dictate the lives of our television characters and, so far, there had been nothing to suggest that these two had anything in common — until now. We kind of dug the idea that Mike had a crush on Hanna before she became cool. Like he could see past all of the stupid markers that tend to define people in high school to how amazing Hanna really is. Because of that fact, we could get behind something more happening between these two now.
Of course, at the moment, we still haven’t seen these two interact. Not even in flashback. It’d be pretty weird to see them get together without any lead up, especially given that Hanna has totally been sharing romantic chemistry with Travis, the gas station hottie and tow truck-wielding nice guy. If Mike and Hanna do get together, we want it to feel gradual and not forced, taking into account all of the heartbreak Hanna is obviously feeling about her breakup with Caleb. Could Hanna be the “new friend” Aria is upset about Mike making in the Season 4, Episode 17 synopsis? It doesn’t seem to completely fit given that Aria said she wasn’t upset that Hanna hooked up with her brother, but perhaps she hasn’t correctly predicted her own reaction.
On the other hand, this could be a really bad idea. Do we really want to get Mike offered up as a sacrifice to the epic Haleb romance? Sure, Hanna and Caleb may have called it quits for now, but how long is that really going to last? Hanna is going to make a crossover trip to Ravenswood in just a few weeks. We’ve seen what happens to people who come in-between the epic couples on this show — or, more accurately, we’re about to see what happens to Jake. Basically: it never ends well for the third wheel. As grouchy as Mike has been in the past, he’s still Aria’s brother who loves and looks out for her. We don’t want to see his heart broken, too.
Do you think Hanna and Mike should get together? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars Season 4 on Tuesday, January 21, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.