The Neon Signs Went Unnoticed 'til Now

Now that we know A's identity on Pretty Little Liars — the show has assured us it's for real — there are so many things we should have seen.

Aria and Ezra in Pretty Little Liars

After watching Pretty Little Liars for four seasons, we should have known. Obviously, A couldn't be a recently-introduced character and everyone else had already been accused, except for the liars themselves.

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Still, Ezra seemed too quaint and quiet to ever have such a temper. Now, looking back on it, there were definitely some red flags. Here are the most notable: 

1. Ezra writes his As on the blackboard just like A does

In fact, the blackboard itself serves as quite the model for clues. In one scene, the words behind Ezra say, "But I was A." In another episode, Ezra stands in front of the blackboard and blocks the letters so it spells, "the A."

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2. Ezra was really the only recurring character who hadn't been accused

Think about it, Jenna had been accused. Mona had been accused. Even Ashley was accused. Aside from the liars themselves, Ezra was the only one who had somehow never made it onto the suspect list.

3. Nothing really bad ever happened to Aria

Emily (Shay Mitchell) had a car smash through her living room. Hanna (Ashley Benson) ended up in the hospital after being hit by a car back in Season 1, and her mom was accused of murder. Spencer (Troian Bellisario) goes crazy and ends up at Radley. She also has to deal with all that drama with her sister. Aria's been in some stressful situations, but she's oddly protected from the worst of it.

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4. Ezra attends Alison's funeral even though he isn't supposed to know her

Sure, he could have played it off like he was just there to support the others, but he really had no business attending. Could he have been looking for Alison at her own funeral?

5. Marlene King said "Everything will be revealed in 3B"

When she said this during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, it was assumed she meant Season 3, but 3B is actually Ezra's apartment number.

Ezra has an A mug in Pretty Little Liars

6. Ezra has an A mug in Season 4 Episode 11

See the image above for the details. (The mug is right next to Aria's right ear.) It's just sitting right in frame. Why would Ezra have an A mug? It make no sense with any of his initials. Except if he was A, of course.

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7. Ezra's typewriter

A is known for the typewriter notes. This whole time, Ezra has mysteriously had a typewriter in his apartment. Sure, he's artsy like that. Most of us didn't even think twice about it being there. Now we know it's all in the details.

8. A wanted the liars to destroy Jackie

As soon as Jackie started getting into Ezra's business again, he sent the liars to destroy her. Why would A care about Jackie unless it was someone close to him?

9. Ezra freaked out on Emily

He started to feel the heat a few episodes ago. When Emily went to talk to him about her letter of recommendation, he snapped on her. It was the first glimpse of Ezra's true colors we saw. Boy's got a temper.

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10. The Great Gatsby references

There have been too many to detail from images of the eyes to Aria (Lucy Hale) dressing up like Daisy. The real clue in the book is the author's name: F. Scott Fitzgerald. The reference to Ezra's name links him more tightly to the series in a way that should have been recognized.

11. All the whiskey

Ezra likes to drink whiskey and A has been seen multiple times with the drink. The liars, Jenna and Mona, aren't old enough to buy it. It's easy enough to brush off the presence of alcohol. Someone else could have purchased it. But, looking back, the repeated bottles of whiskey were a dead giveaway.

12. Everything started when Ezra began teaching in Rosewood

He arrived in town just when everything started to happen with A. Of course, it was the pilot episode so we didn't think anything of it. Now we know we should have put two and two together.

Photo credit: ABC Family


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Comments on "Pretty Little Liars : 12 Clues we should've seen"

abrianna deherrera March 31, 2014 | 8:03 AM

He seems so nice and everything but he is the back stabber....... but when Allison died is when he came to rosewood so how could he be A

Rose March 24, 2014 | 3:06 PM

The A messages started before Ezra came and before Alison "died". They were first sent to Alison before Ezra moved to Rosewood. Mona, Jenna, maybe Toby, Jason and Garett could have been A because they were all out to get Alison and her friends.

Tash March 20, 2014 | 1:44 AM

What if Ezra just has an obsession with Allison

A March 19, 2014 | 12:52 PM

Ezra just didn't quite make the cut, -------, but Ali's got all it takes to be part of the team. Kisses -A

A March 05, 2014 | 12:44 PM

Actually someone tried to kill Aria in a halloween episode..

Brittney February 26, 2014 | 12:53 PM

Where does it say that A and the person that tried to kill Alison are the same person? If I'm correct I don't think that they are. And people keep pegging them together.

Caroline February 25, 2014 | 10:01 PM

All of y'all saying its not following the book are idiots because if you would have watched from the beginning of the show , it directly says the show will be similar to the books ,but will have changes , twist , and lots of new character and maybe even dramatic reveals and huge plot twist !

- T February 22, 2014 | 2:58 PM

Alison is alive and Marlene said that Ezra's not A, he's just a Pretty Little Liars, or maybe she's lying.. correct me if i'm wrong..

patita February 18, 2014 | 6:41 PM

no ,Ezrais not A because Alison died before Ezra came in Rosewood.

A-trouble Maker February 16, 2014 | 11:59 AM

He is not even A.

mouda February 13, 2014 | 10:29 AM

If Ali has a twin sister.. isnt she the one who is dead and buried?

Toni February 07, 2014 | 8:37 AM

I think that EzrA is A. I only think this because of the AriA And him thing going on. I remember when he found out that someone knew about him and AriA And then he went to go join the A teAm becAuse he didnt wAnt Anyone to find out. I think he is getting blAckmAiled himself! I hope im Right. Another opinion i have is that its someone right inf ront of us. Someone that we wouldnt expect like Ali's mom. She deffinatly knows that Ali is alive. WHO WOULD ELSE WOULD CHANGE A DEAD PERSONS SHEETS. I understand dushing but really!!! Changing the sheets.

Kristina January 30, 2014 | 11:39 AM

I agree with some of these statements.. but if you think about it also.... why would they show ezra so fast and still have another season of the series, and at the end of everyone of the episodes they show A and never show his face just him doing something for a clue to the next part of it. I think that ali has some type of blackmail on him and he is also trying to keep the secret and he has to track the girls just like the others because of it. Also, in past episodes they found out ali was prego and lost the baby and she was also seeing ezra. he could have got her pregnant and the truth is trying to come out, there is more to it because so much with alis mom and spencers dad is going on... I mean what are they hiding in all this?? who knows they might b A.... never know the parents could b doing this all. also the lady from ravenswood said that one of the liars had been touched by the man ali feared the most. that could b aria or spencer if you think about it. ezra and spencers dad.... also what happened to Jason?? said he was in rehab?? there was also pics of ezra and aria on the wall in As lair?? so I don't think ezra is A... to soon to show that... hes working for him or knows a lot more about ali then lead on... everyone does. there was also a rumor that black veil.. at the funeral was twin of spencers.. think about it.. Jason ended up being spencers brother.. maybe she got a twin that's why ali cant trust them just a thought

grace January 27, 2014 | 12:01 AM

if u dont know... A - Alison T - Toby E - Ezra A - Aria M - Mona i think that this is correct

Miriam Davison January 18, 2014 | 2:46 PM

I still don't think it's Ezra, I think he is writing a book about what is happening and following them for content

Not sure January 17, 2014 | 7:34 PM

I also agree with Jill, A could be blackmailing Ezra to do everything, but I've got a hunch that A is Aria. At the end of the theme song it's Aria who does the "shh" thing. All the A business started happening once Aria got back from Iceland, so I don't think that's a coincidence. If you look at the cover photo of Season 2, you'll see a spade under the table with the handle pointing at Aria, and wasn't a spade a weapon at some point? Then if you look on the table, you'll notice green grapes and red grapes. Then green ones are next to Hanna, Emily, and Spencer, but the red ones are by Aria. And again she's the one doing the "shh" thing. In episode 2, season 2, Mona calls after Aria in the school hallway but calls her "Big A". Season 3 episode 7, when Mona says “Miss Aria, Your A Killer Not Erza’s Wife”, it's initials are “M.A.Y.A.K.N.E.W". At one point in the show, Aria says "There are just certain situations where you have to lie to your friends". And at one point Emily says to Aria "When did it become so easy to lie to your friends?".

har2011 January 16, 2014 | 3:13 PM

iv seen every episode, when is season 5 coming out?

Amanda January 08, 2014 | 12:01 PM

I think the "Practically Sisters" is referring to Spencer. I also can see many reasons as to why Ezra is A... but they've done that with other characters that ended up having an innocent explanation. If there's a whole new season coming up why would we get to know who A is now?!

Elisa January 07, 2014 | 11:00 PM

Also, Allie was getting A notes before Ezra started teaching at Rosewood, so there are still a lot of things that don't add up.

Elisa January 07, 2014 | 10:52 PM

I see why these things are huge clues as to why Ezra could be A, but if we're going off of a reoccurring character, Caleb hasn't been accused either. Think of all the technical stuff that goes along with being A. Ezra's into the artsy stuff,such as the typewriter. There is a huge part of me that doesn't want Ezra to be A. However, I think he could play a part on the A team.

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