Since finding out in Season 4's Summer Finale that there’s a distinct possibility Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) may be “A,” we’ve been going over his Pretty Little Liars history with a fine-tooth comb. Were there any clues to Ezra’s potential dark side? Here are eleven times Ezra acted super shady.
1. His drawer o’ money
Nine times out of ten, you follow the money, you’ll catch the culprit - and Ezra sure did have a lot of money in his dresser drawer in Season 3, Episode 5. Aria finds a whole mess of cash in Ezra’s apartment at a time when Ezra is unemployed and supposedly struggling for money. Hidden bundles of large denomination bills? Super shady.
2. His college nickname
Super shadiness doesn’t occur out of context, which is why Ezra’s college nickname might not seem too suspicious to the casual observer. In Season 1, Episode 5, we find out from Troian’s real life boyfriend, Patrick J. Adams, that Ezra went by “Z” during his undergrad years. Normally? Not super shady. With a single letter antagonist running around Rosewood? Super shady.
3. Changing the mark on Noel’s paper
In Season 1, Noel Kahn discovers Ezria’s relationship and uses it to blackmail Ezra into giving him an “A” on a recent test. Shortly after, Noel is framed for having test answers in his locker. At the time, it seemed like an “A”-fueled good break for Ezra. Now, we’re thinking the timing of the entire thing was more than a bit suspicious.
4. His possible involvement in smashing Connor’s car
Speaking of suspicious timing, we’re looking at the Season 4 smashing of Connor’s car in a whole new light. After Connor spreads lies about hooking up with Aria, his car is found smashed outside of The Brew. The principal thinks it is Mike, Aria’s little brother, but he denies having done it (and we actually believe him). We’ve always considered Ezra a suspect given his feeling for Aria, but after the potential “A” reveal, he’s looking very responsible. Especially given that he overheard Connor and the other high school boys bullying Aria.
5. Ezra attended Ali’s funeral
We suppose Ezra could have been attending Ali’s funeral to support the student community, but it was really strange that he was there - considering he wasn’t supposed to have known the known the teenage girl. Wedding crashing is fun; funeral crashing is just shady.
6. His easy acceptance of “the Jenna thing”
Aria finally spills the beans to Ezra about “the Jenna Thing” near the end of Season 1. And Ezra? Barely bats an eyelash. It was an impressive underreaction — even for a supportive boyfriend totally in love with Aria. It was almost as if he already knew the story.
7. His “job interview” on Halloween
Who has a job interview on Halloween?! We know it’s not Thanksgiving or Christmas or anything, but when Ezra told Aria that he couldn’t go on the Halloween train in Season 3 because he had to meet someone about a ghost writing position, we immediately thought it was a lie. And don’t get us started on how weird it was that he happened to pop up just as the hysteria was dying down. This totally had a Clark Kent/Superman feel to it.
8. His penchant for younger girls
We get as sucked into the Ezria romance as the next PLL fan, but — when we give ourselves some narrative distance — we are a little critical of the fact Ezra falls in love with one of his high school students. If it turns out Ezra was the “Board Shorts” Ali was in a relationship the summer before she disappeared, we’re going to be seriously creeped out.
9. Yelling at Emily
Yelling at Emily is not cool, Ezra! She’s had a really tough season (which, you should know, if you are “A”). In Season 4, Episode 11, Ezra totally loses his temper with Em when she is asking about a letter of recommendation. Sure, he was under a lot of emotional stress considering he had just found out Malcolm isn’t his biological son, but it gave us a peek into his angry side.
10. Storming into the lair
And, of course, the award for super shadiest of behaviors goes to Ezra’s storming into the lair at the end of the summer finale! It’s going to be hard to erase the image of Ezra angrily surveying his lair, dressed in black cap and sweatshirt. We’re going to be watching Ezra like a hawk come Season 4B for any more super shady shenanigans!
11. The entirety of the Halloween episode
Halloween is always creepy, but Ezra really kicked it up a notch. He called Aria while lurking just a few feet away in a graveyard, then probably punctured Spencer's tire so that he could save the day when he just happened to stumble upon the girls after not hearing from Aria. And then there was the moment when he snuck up on them right when they got the chance to talk to Ali for the first time. Sure, Aria left her cell, but it didn't make us any less freaked out to see him again.
Can you think of any other instances of Ezra’s super shadiness? Sound off in the comments below!