1. Ezra doesn't give a crap about Aria and is just using her to get closer to Ali. He truly is evil and is really 'in love' with Ali, cause he is possibly the beach hottie.
2. They actually are in a relationship, but Aria is also in on it. I mean there are some theories about her being invovled with the A team or being Red coat. Why did she just have the 'A' in the 8 ball????
I think Ezra really does love Aria. However, I don't think he meant to. I think he started out using Aria to get closer to Alison or to stay in the loop, thinking that he would know what was going on with the liars. I don't think he meant to love Aria, but he does.
I think there are two sides to Ezra, one that does love aria, but his 'endgame' isn't necessarily to be with her. If you rewatch fights that him and aria have had over the seasons, you can see a sort of coldness to him, an evil look in his eye. I think he will try to get aria on board with his plan if he already hasn't, and this could make for interesting shows to come
I do believe that Ezra has been manipulating Aria. And I honestly do not think he loves her. I know everyone wants them to be endgame and for them to be in love forever, but there are so many reasons why it shouldn't happen. I still believe my original theory that Ezra got Ali pregnant and that he loved her, or was infactuated with her. And, I believe Ezra has a split personality, possibly, or maybe he really is just that evil!
I think he actually does lover her. But, I think that love is very inconvenient. It's genuine but its not what he intended. It goes against somebody's plan. I dont think I necessarily believe that he was in love with Ali either. I think he knew Ali. And I think that he likely knew she was alive all along. in 3 x 16, during Aria's "Dream" visit from Ali, as Ali's leaving, she says "you know why i picked you right?" I think that's Ali saying she chose her for Ezra. She talks in that sequence about "when the chips were down with Ezra's mom..." She could certainly be referring to Aria's run in with Mrs. Fitzgerald, or her own. So maybe she was the girl that his mom paid off... but I dont necessarily think he knew that. Or knew that she was/ thought she was/ lied that she was pregnant. I think Ali, through either direct or indirect means threw Ezra into Aria's path that day at the bar. Maybe because she knows Aria can survive him, but more likely because she knows Aria well enough to know that he is exactly who she would go for. I think that is something Ali has done with nearly all the couples. It's much easier to keep your eye on all interesting parties, if you can assure they'll be together. I'm sure you've seen the theory that everyone has an A. Mona for Hanna, Ezra for Aria, Toby for Spencer, and in my oppionion, Paige for Emily. I think that everyone of these relationships was engineered (including helping Mona make her "extreme makeover' happen), no matter how real the feelings are between them. And wether she's playing games or keeping her enemies close, I think its very likely Ali is the engineer.
I agree totally with the above post....that is exactly how I would have put it. I do believe Ali has ensured that certain things have happened and also their relationships. She knows the girls very well, and either she or someone working for her, has paid very close attention to everthing going on in Rosewood. The part I am unsure of is Paige. I dont doubt it, but we havnt seen enough evidence pointing in that direction. I wouldnt be surprised if we find out that Maya was originally who Ali wanted to be Emily's A, but then that crazy guy stepped in and messed up Ali's plan when he killed Maya (and that is for those who believe Maya is dead, which I do believe.)
I also agree that the diary Hannah has is a huge key and will give us our best clues at the beginning of 4B. I want Ali and Ezra to have had a relationship, and for Ali to be the one that Ezra's mom paid off. I hope that SL plays out...we will see.