In the newly released promo photos from Season 4, Episode 22, Aria is looking pretty cozy with a mystery man played by Jane By Design’s Nick Roux. In the pic, the two are sitting on a dock, all smiles with their hands entwined. We have to admit: we didn’t think we’d see Aria looking so light again for a while after Ezra’s ultimate betrayal. What did executive producer Marlene King have to say about this non-Ezria development?
“Word to Ezria shippers. A picture tells a thousand words and also asks a thousand questions. You should have more faith in Aria…” Marlene tweeted on February 14, delivering a Valentine’s Day present to all Ezria shippers, or at least we see it that way.
She seems to be implying that Aria’s relationship with the man in the photo will not threaten the one between Aria and Ezra. Is this because it will be brief? Or, perhaps, because it is strictly platonic? We’ve seen Nick Roux play bestie before on Jane By Design, and he does it well. Whatever the explanation for this photo, we have to admit it’s nice to see Aria smiling so brightly again. We’re not ready to give up on Ezria yet, but we care most about Aria’s happiness!
What do you think is going on in the photo? Will Aria start dating someone else? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
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