‘Pretty Little Liars’ Fans Are Mad At Aria — Here’s Why They Shouldn’t Be
There have been a lot of villains in Rosewood over the years, but one new one isn’t making fans very happy with Pretty Little Liars: Dark Aria.
“Dark Aria” is the name given to Miss Montgomery’s storyline where it seems she’s betraying the other Liars to remove herself from the crazy game.
And fans are taking it out on Lucy Hale.
Let’s backtrack to how this all started.
“A.D.” — or a hooded figure we thought was “A.D.” at the time — singled out Aria from the rest of the group by FaceTiming her and showing her that he or she had a copy of her file from Aunt Carol’s house, and said the contents would destroy her relationship with Ezra.
Turns out, when Aria secretly met with “Uber A” in the back of a limo to make a deal, it was minion Sydney Driscoll.
Sydney then tried to sway Aria over to the “A” team when Aria said she wanted out of the game.
“There is no ‘out,’ but you could change sides, come over to the winning team,” Sydney says.
“Leaving Ali and coming here was an important step toward earning ‘A.D.’s trust, but you still have a long way to go and a decision to make.”
After leaving Sydney, Aria lies to the rest of the girls and doesn’t tell them what happened. Then, when it was supposed to be Aria’s turn at the game, it instead skipped back to Hanna, leaving fans to wonder what Aria may have agreed to.
Our worries heightened when the synopsis for Season 7, Episode 15, said this: “After being blackmailed by A.D., one of the Liars begins to supply info to the dark side in order to protect those closest to her.”
Those closest to her being Ezra?
Lucy Hale, for her part, is so on board with this Dark Aria storyline.
“It was fun to play a totally different side of her,” the actress told TVLine. “You’ve really never seen this kind of behavior from her before.”
A lot of fans totally disagree, but Lucy responded to that, too.
“I’m reading a lot of tweets from people who are not happy with me,” she said, but she noted that she anticipated that fans wouldn’t be happy with Aria’s behavior.
However, as with many things Pretty Little Liars, Dark Aria may be a ruse in the long run.
Lucy hinted to fans that they should “wait, watch, and keep the faith.”
This wouldn’t be the first time a “good” character has pretended to go dark to get more information on the “A” team — and frankly it seems like a pretty good plan.
Sydney seemed ready and willing to spill information about “A.D.” to Aria in the limo, so maybe Aria was just pushing her to see how much she would reveal.
Let’s go back to that scary line in the synopsis: “After being blackmailed by A.D., one of the Liars begins to supply info to the dark side in order to protect those closest to her.”
Maybe those closest to her are the Liars, not Ezra. Maybe she’s playing along with Sydney and the dark side to help out the Liars, get information, and figure out how to beat the game.
As fans of Pretty Little Liars, we should all be giving Aria the benefit of the doubt — after all, she is small but she is mighty.
Pretty Little Liars airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on Freeform.