Though we were never totally convinced that Ezra (Ian Harding) was Pretty Little Liars’ masked terrorizer “A,” there are still a few unexplained moments of super shady behavior that go beyond the obsessed writer descriptor — i.e. the gas-masked shenanigans pulled in this season’s Halloween special. How did executive producer Marlene King explain the destructive behavior to E! Online?
"I think there were two gas masks that night," Marlene explained, implying that the gas-masked figure who attacked Spencer and locked Hanna inside of a creepy phone booth was someone other than Ezra (and Ravenswood’s Luke, who was also dressed as a World War I soldier). So, they all just happened to show up to the party in the same costume? Awkward! More likely, “A” knew what Ezra and/or Luke was planning to wear, and planned accordingly. Was it his/her scheme all along to frame Ezra as “A,” or was that just an intuitive leap Spencer and co. made themselves given that Ezra was so obviously hiding something?
Marlene’s explanation may clear Ezra of assault charges, but why was he in Ravenswood for the Halloween special at all? Marlene said: "I think he followed the trail of Ali, I think Ali went to Ravenswood first and Ezra was following her trail.” That is an awful lot of coincidence happening in the Halloween special. Or maybe Alison is just getting sloppy? She is the connecting factor here, and she does seem to be getting increasingly desperate as her stint as a fake-dead, runaway teen continues.
So, there you have it: Ezra was not the gas-masked villain in the Halloween special. He was the gas-masked creep. Even though Ezra may be cleared of “A” charges, this character still has a long way to redemption in our book.
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