The PLL camera has always been a little too obsessed with Ezra’s typewriter. Lingering close-ups made us suspicious of the contraption long ago, considering we know it is also “A”’s modus operandi. Still, we explained the typewriter away as just another quirk of Ezra’s character, but now we know the truth! That typewriter isn’t just around to prove Ezra’s emo artist street cred. It also has more nefarious uses...
“A” is For “Alcoholic”
“A” might not have a drinking problem per se, but alcohol (whiskey in particular) has been a recurring theme for our formerly mysterious antagonist. Now, we are seeing Ezra’s penchant for whiskey in a whole new light. In Season 2, Episode 7: “Surface Tension,” Byron compliments Ezra’s choice of scotch he brings to an academic party. More than a season later, in Season 3, Episode 18: “Dead to Me,” we see “A” buying a bottle of that same liquor. Other cameos from the whiskey? For “A”’s own personal game of spin the bottle to choose his next Liar target. And, the “prank” pulled on Jason involving countless whiskey bottles left on his porch. English teachers do so love their themes!
Drawer o’ Money
Speaking of Jason, remember when he paid someone $50,000 buckaroos in reward money for finding Ali’s body? Very shortly after, Aria found a whole mess of cash in Ezra’s dresser drawer at a time when Ezra has precisely zero jobs. How did Teach get all of the moolah? At the time, we didn’t want to believe it could have been from the reward, but - in retrospect - it’s kind of obvious. A bigger question: Why was Jason not suspicious of Ezra’s information? And why did he not warn Aria that her boyfriend is a potential creeper?
His Timely Arrival on the Halloween Train
Breezing right by Ezra’s claim that he couldn’t attend the Halloween train party with Aria because he had an interview...on Halloween night, we focus on the fact that Ezra totally pulled a Clark Kent, appearing at the scene of the crime right after the drama went down. He tells Aria, “I drove along the tracks until I found you.” Come on! Not only would Ezra not have any way of knowing Aria had been in danger, but - even if he had - there’s no way he could have gotten there so quickly...Unless he had been on the train all along as “A”!
The Tarot Cards
Though Mona was “A” in Season 1, there’s always been an Uber “A” out there somewhere — someone who can call the shots while the rest of the tormentors are busy doing their homework, or sitting in group therapy. Back in Season 1, Episode 6, as fans pointed out, a tarot card reader revealed two cards: Lovers and Judgement, saying that one of Spencer’s friends was in danger because of her relationship. “It is a bad match because the man is filled with darkness and revenge,” she said at the time. Though we had our suspicions about who was being referenced, could the fortune teller have predicted Ezra’s dark turn?
Gas Mask Fashion
At the end of Season 4’s Summer Finale, someone in an old timey uniform was revealed to be breathing in a gas mask, in preparation for the Ravenswood Founders Day Celebration that night. As we’ve seen from Season 4B pictures, Ezra is definitely seen sporting the khaki duds. Though he’s not the only one, he looks pretty comfortable in the woolen itchy suit — one just like what was seen in “A”’s lair.
Timing is Everything
After Ali died, Aria was gone for a year. But lo and behold, she shows up right before Mr. Fitz becomes a teacher at Rosewood High. He says he had no idea how old she was and that the bar was the first time they met, but he was a student at the college while Aria’s dad was a professor there. So, it would be easy to pretend that he didn’t know who she was, or even to not know how old she was, but it’s harder to buy that he didn’t notice her before, considering how observant Ezra is.
It’s not cheap being “A.” We saw the expense report, with thousands of dollars spent like it’s nothing — and some on a platinum card, to boot. Plus, with the rent on the lair (lairs don’t come cheap, ya know), a super-high tech set-up of computers with a security system even Caleb can’t crack (by phone, that is), and expenses like private plane rides and an unlimited data plan, it has to be noted that “A” has bank — and we’re not talking about one in a sock drawer.
Can you think of any other clues that Ezra has been “A” for the past few seasons? Sound of in the comments below!