pretty little liars season 4 ian harding 'Pretty Little Liars' producer 'confirms' Ezra is 'A'   nope, not buyin' itIn light of our recent piece about why Ezra Fitz is not “A” on “Pretty Little Liars,” after the summer finale implied that he might be, several industrious readers have sent us the TV Line article wherein producer Oliver Goldstick “confirms” that Ezra is “A” (the readers’ words, not ours).

But we don’t think that’s what Goldstick is saying at all. In fact, it reads more to us like Goldstick kind of confirms that Ezra is NOT “A.”

First off, Goldstick says, “I assure you that there is something going on here with Ezra. There is something very real going on here.”

Well, sure. Obviously there is something going on with him, since he’s in Ravenswood looking like a total sketchball. Even Ian Harding told Zap2it that Ezra is “somehow involved in some shady dealings in Rosewood and Ravenswood.”

Fine. That doesn’t mean he’s “A.” Lots of people on this show have been involved in shady dealings — pretty much everyone, in fact.

Goldstick is then asked if he can confirm this is not a “red herring” and he says, “Yes,” meaning this is not a red herring.

However, there’s red herring and there’s PLL red herring. The cast and producers have also in the past said, “Mona is A” and “Toby is on the A-Team” and “Spencer has definitely joined the A Team.”

But none of things really turned out to be true, not with any permanency. We might believe them about Ezra if Mona had been the big bad “A” or if Toby and/or Spencer had permanently switched sides, but none of those things came to pass.

Goldstick’s whole quote in response to the red herring question is, “There is something that is about to be exposed and revealed in 4B. I guess what I’m saying is that this is going to escalate and be more explosive and mind-blowing.”

That … could mean anything. Explosive, mind-blowing things happen left and right on this show.

Finally, in response to “should we have come away from the finale with the idea that Ezra is ‘A’ or is on Team ‘A’?”, Goldstick says, “I can’t give that away, I will just say you’re really in hot territory and very close.”

So, not only is that NOT an “A” confirmation, but it’s actually kind of a confirmation that Ezra is not “A.”

Sure, he’s up to something. He was not just in Ravenswood to follow Aria and then became enraged when he found out that someone is still tracking her and her friends. There’s obviously more to it than that.

But he’s not “A.”

You can argue clues all you want, but in the end, do you really think the show would reveal “A” at least 36 episodes removed from the series finale? They would blow their wad that early?

Nope. Not buyin’ it. We are not on the “Ezra is A” train until we see him and Alison doing the cha-cha on the hood of the powder blue Mustang.

“Pretty Little Liars” returns for its annual Halloween special Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."