Throughout the episode, Eddie seemed to suspect that Aria (Lucy Hale) was more than just an innocent Radley volunteer, and he ended up setting up a meet with Ezra (Ian Harding) — which he didn't make it to, according to Ezra. So, what happened? Why set up a rendezvous and not show?
Here are four possible explanations for Eddie's MIA status.
He's dead. This is the first place our minds went. We really hope it's not true, because we like Eddie, but this is Rosewood, so it's very possible. Eddie clearly knows Radley secrets — secrets we're pretty sure someone ("A"?) has killed to keep in the past. If Eddie was ready to spill, someone might have decided that simplest course of action was to get rid of him once and for all.
He's been intimidated. On the other hand, it's possible that things didn't get quite that far. Eddie has a strong sense of self preservation and has kept his mouth shut about Radley secrets in the past. He may have merely gotten too scared to go through with the meet, especially if he was threatened by someone who wants to keep Radley's secrets buried.
The meet was a trick. All signs point to Eddie being a nice guy, but we know better than to trust anyone in this town. Maybe he set up the meeting because for some reason he wanted to get inside Ezra's apartment. Maybe he regrets giving Ezra the picture, or wants to get rid of other evidence Ezra might have? This seems less likely to us, but on this show it's important to consider every possibility.
Ezra is lying. Speaking of considering every possibility, we only have Ezra's word to go on about the meet. We're pretty sure the writers are setting Ezra up for a redemption arc, but hey, maybe that's a trick. Maybe he threatened Eddie (or worse). Or, less nefariously, maybe Eddie did meet with him and spilled some info that Ezra's hiding because he thinks it might push Aria to do something dangerous.
What do you think happened to Eddie? Let us know in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars Season 5 on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.