Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Could Ezra Still Be “A”?
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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Could Ezra Still Be “A”?

Pretty Little Liars has certainly changed its tune. After a few months of trying to convince us that Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) is the mysterious “A,” the English teacher is now claiming that his shady behavior can all be attributed to his writing of a true crime novel surrounding the events of Alison’s disappearance. But can we believe him? Could Ezra still be “A”?

Yes, the two aren’t mutually exclusive.

Here’s the thing: Ezra writing a true crime novel doesn’t disqualify him from also being “A.” In fact, the two pursuits actually work quite well together. By watching the Liars, Ezra can find out more about the details of Ali’s world and the people in it. And, by blackmailing and coercing the Liars to do things, he is not only documenting the narrative, but playing an active part in creating it. We can see how that might appeal to a writer, whose craft allows him to have complete control over the narrative world he creates. Was that fictional control not enough? Did he begin to influence the subjects of his novel not only in the pages of his book, but in real life, as well? We wouldn’t put it past him, given the fact that he has kept so much from Aria so far. If he’s lied about this about knowing Ali, and keeping tabs on Rosewood residents for his book then he could be lying about more. And though the Pretty Little Liars Powers That Be claim Ezra is not “A,” they also claimed this wasn’t another fake out not months ago. We’re not blaming them we like to be surprised we’re just not totally trusting them, either.

No, the show has already moved on.

On the other hand, we’re not sure what purpose having Ezra be “A” would serve. If Ezria is endgame, then we’re not sure how he could be “A” without Aria herself being on Team “A.” (This isn’t completely out of the question, but it is a bit of a leap.) Furthermore, this isn’t the first time the show has thrown our suspicions on a Liars’ loved one, only to pull the old fake out. The same thing happened with Toby, and the show has since moved on. There is no sign that Toby was lying when he finally told the truth to Spencer about his “A” game involvement, and we think Ezra’s reveal will follow the same pattern. This also the fact that the show has at least one more season following this one. At the very least, it will be wrapping this mystery up more than a season from now. We doubt we would be this onto “A” so far from the big, series-ending reveal. Otherwise, the next season-and-a-bit would presumably be extremely slow-moving. No, we think there’s a good chance the show hasn’t pointed its finger at the real “A” -- though, it’s got to be someone we already know and love, right?

Do you think Ezra could still be “A”? If not, who might it be? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!