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We just can’t.” Initially hurt, Aria comes to understand his perspective.

After bonding over the pub’s music selection and their shared love of English, Ezra assumes Aria’s in college, which she lets him believe to be true.Soon enough, they’re making out atop the sinks in the pub bathroom.“I think we’re supposed to be rooting for Aria and Mr.Fitz, and that kind of gives me the creeps: I can’t get behind a romance that, if consummated, would be statutory rape,” wrote Margaret Lyons in Entertainment Weekly.“Oddly enough, in the state of Pennsylvania, [where the story is set] it's only against the law for a 16 year-old to be with someone over 21 years-old if they're a teacher.

It's a weird law, but once [Ezra] goes to Hollis College, it's not illegal anymore,” King told Zap2It.In the first episode of Pretty Little Liars, Aria stops by a bar to pick up a cheeseburger and also winds up picking up someone in the process.Within seconds of locking eyes with the bar’s only other patron, Aria learns the good-looking man is Ezra, a recent college graduate who is about to start his first teaching job.“In terms of the physical and adult emotional part of the relationship they’re moving at a snail's pace—I think they’re only feeling each other up—and I think ultimately they’re soulmates and people are realizing that. I was in New York, in a restaurant, and a [girl who was] very obviously a teenager came up to me and gave me her number and I was like: No! They’re assuming I'm this person in real life.”In real life, in fact, Harding is only two years older than Lucy Hale, the actress who plays Aria, which is far from the seven-year gap between their characters.But the fact that Aria and Ezra have yet to see any consequences of their relationship is problematic.Hanna went from bland, blond homecoming king Sean to geeky suitor Lucas, who kissed her while she was unconscious, to bad boy beanie-enthusiast, Caleb; overachiever Spencer could add hitting on her older sister’s boyfriends to her extensive resume; and Emily’s newly-revealed lesbianism led to a dumped jock of a boyfriend and a few doomed-to-a-dead-end female admirers.