Credit: Eric McCandless/ ABC Family Photo: Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Finale: Aria and Ezra in the Hall

For Ezria fans, Monday night's Season 3 finale of Pretty Little Liars  ("A dAngerous gAme") was probably a little hard to watch, but with Red Coat out for blood, the stakes have never been higher for the Liars. 

 

Things between Aria and Ezra just haven't been the same since the discovery that he had a seven-year-old son. Now that Ezra is a dad, his first priority is Malcolm. Meanwhile, Aria is a constant target for the "A" team, and as we found out in "I'm Your Puppet," anyone close to her is a target too. She can't put Ezra's son in danger. 

 

We know it's a hard pill to swallow, Ezria fans, so we talked to Executive Producer Oliver Goldstick about the heartbreaking split. 

 

We knew that Aria and Ezra were going to breakup, but that didn't make it hurt any less. 

Obviously, there are so many audience members who are going to come after us for breaking those two up, but the tension is so high. And the collateral damage with last week and going into this week seems even higher. Like is it worth it? Can you imagine if that child had been harmed in some way? It's not worth it. It is absolutely not worth it to risk it. And I think what's happening with the girls. They all seem to start recognizing that they have to exorcise A from their lives before they can have these relationships. It's ongoing for them. Aria's came in a big way last week where it's like, what if something had happened to the kid? Because Ezra's not somebody who knows about “A.” He does obviously because of Mona, but not about what's happened last season at all. He was pretty much kept in the dark about the body being buried and exhumed and all that. The major thing here was until A is vanquished, there can be no real relationships.

But I also love how it's not entirely selfless. Aria is finding that this adult situation is maybe a lot more than she can handle. 

Good. That's something else we were going for. That’s why we brought Maggie in. The idea was that there are certain life rites – as romantic as all this is –and things that are just beyond the pale for us. When you're in high school, you can't deal with the fact that somebody has the responsibility of a child. She can't be questioning that in his life. Who comes first? Me or your child? One of the reasons we wanted to do this whole story line last season was to give them a challenge that wasn't just “A” related, but hopefully one that showed the disparity of where they are in their lives.

 

Do you agree with Oliver? Can there be no real relationships on PLL until "A" is under control? Sound off in the comments!

 

Pretty Little Liars Season 4 premieres Tuesday, June 11 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.