Why Ezra Should Have Been “A” on Pretty Little Liars
In some ways, the reveal that Ezra Fitz (Ian Harding) isn’t “A” on Pretty Little Liars has us disappointed. Don’t get us wrong, we don’t want Aria to be hurt anymore than she already has been by Ezra’s betrayal, but it seems like a waste of a good villain. Here are the reasons Ezra should have been “A.”
He has reasonable motive
While Alison made a fair share of enemies in her time as a teenage mean girl, there’s a difference between the occasional harassment and ruining someone’s life. While we don’t know the whole story about Ezra and Ali, it can’t have ended well for Ezra to be this obsessed with the allegedly dead girl. He pretty much decided to devote his entire life to writing her story, even at the risk of losing the girl he claims to love. That’s intense. Whatever Ali did to Ezra — broke his heart, blackmailed him, etc. — if it’s enough of a motivation for Ezra to dedicate his life to the truth, than it’s probably enough to instigate attempted murder.
The show needs to commit
We love Pretty Little Liars, but every time it enacts a fake out, we lose a little more faith in its promises. The twists and turns it throws at us are interesting when we know they are going to stick longer than a half-season. Otherwise, eventually nothing that happens to these girls will mean anything. The show will becoming boring, and we will lose interest. This hasn’t happened yet, but every time the show pulls the rug out from under us only to put it back under us a few episodes later, it gets a little bit closer.
His character is more interesting when evil
The Ezra of seasons past was sweet, well-mannered, and helpful (if not still creepy for dating his high school student). That was all well and good, but his character has been so much more interesting since he turned villain. We’ve been glued to the screen whenever he’s on it, desperate to work out the double-meanings in everything he says, yelling at Aria to run in the other direction. We’re kind of going to miss that Ezra-focused intensity now that we know he’s more of a sleazebag than he is a mastermind.
Do you think Ezra should have been “A”? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC Family.
Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!