Tyler Blackburn and Julian Morris
After a poorly timed romance with Spencer (Troian Bellisario) for two seasons, it looks like Wren (Julian Morris) might have developed feelings for another one of the other Pretty Little Liars. This season, the majority of the hot doc's scenes have included some serious bonding with none other than Spencer's BFF Hanna (Ashley Benson). And now that Caleb's out of the picture, we're left to wonder if Wren will take his place in Hanna's heart — or if we even want him to.
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Caleb
There's no denying that Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn) is a sweetheart. Never afraid to speak his mind, Caleb has given half of Rosewood whiplash with his quick wit and biting one-liners. But there's more to this hacker-turned-heartthrob than just attitude. In a town where treachery seems as common as kooky accessories (which are, undoubtedly, everywhere), Caleb actually appears to be a decent guy. He's shown to be a great friend to Lucas (before he goes all psycho, of course) and an amazingly understanding boyfriend to Hanna. In fact, the main reason Hanna and Caleb fight so often is because he just wants to protect her (swoon!).
With that perfect mix of sass and sentiment, Caleb has what it takes to go head-to-head with any member of the fibby foursome (and their various enemies), while always knowing when to simply step back and be a shoulder for Hanna to cry on. Plus, he's a regular Grandmother Willow. As Sensei Rivers once said, "Knowing the right questions is better than having all the right answers." That's pretty deep for a high school senior, if you ask me. In summation: Caleb's perfect — or nearly so.
Caleb's inability to handle Hanna's secret life is, sadly, his biggest flaw — not to mention what eventually tears the couple apart. Fed up with being shut out, Caleb took matters into his own hands and visited Mona (Janel Parrish) with a clear message to back off Hanna. Of course, in typical Liars fashion, his plan backfired. As retaliation for meddling, "A" went after Caleb's mom, an act that scared Hanna out of finally telling him the truth and sealed the deal on their breakup.
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Weighing the Pros and Cons of Wren
I can't say I wasn't just as surprised as Hanna was when she ran into Wren volunteering at Radley Sanitarium (the same hospital in which Mona's currently incarcerated), but his reappearance in the series and newfound bond with Hanna has created a whole new, controversial couple to 'ship: Wrenna!
While I won't pretend to be immune to Wren's charm, sometimes I worry that his British wiles mask what would otherwise be obviously nefarious traits. Even Jenna, queen of the damned, has noted his morally distracting allure, admitting, "I bet even a lie would sound good in that accent" — and we don't doubt it. The question then is: How much of what Wren said were lies?
I know I sound a little paranoid, but there are reasons behind my suspicion. For one, he cheated on Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) with Spencer — his fiancée's younger sister. That is the ultimate warning sign, flashing arrows and all, not to trust this guy. Plus, his attraction to both Spencer and Hanna is a little disturbing. What 20-something wants to spend all his time with a bunch of high school girls (besides Ezra [Ian Harding], that is)? But in Ezra's defense, he didn't know Aria (Lucy Hale) was in high school until it was too late; Wren has no such excuse.
At the same time, Wren has shown a very different — and sweet — side of his personality throughout his friendship with Hanna. From agreeing to keep her trips to see Mona secret to his constant encouragement and even breaking the rules to extend visiting hours at Radley, Wren has repeatedly proven that he's someone Hanna can count on.
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While Hanna seems unable to open up to Caleb, she doesn't seem to have much trouble doing so with Wren. He's the one — not her boyfriend — Hanna turns to about how confused she is by the Mona situation. And it's Wren who's able to give Hanna some degree of closure by explaining that she's experiencing "ambiguous loss," something he also went through when his own father was institutionalized.
On Tuesday's episode, Wren sees Hanna for the first time since she and Caleb split, and once again, the pair are shown to be quite the confidants. Watch the full clip below:
Though Wren has yet to make a move, there's no denying the pair have chemistry. Plus, things don't always happen so quickly on PLL. It's been three seasons and we're nowhere closer to finding out the truth about Ali's murder. It'll probably take more than a measly few episodes for Wren to work up the courage to plant a big one on Hanna's over-glossed lips.
But after the disturbing sight of her in sweatpants a few weeks ago, I'm ready for Hanna to put on her sassiest stilettos and get back in the dating game. She and Caleb have some serious issues to work through and until they're ready for that, I don't see anything wrong with her seeking some solace in the arms of Wren. Just like the classic saying goes: Sometimes you have to kiss a few devilishly handsome British frogs before you find your beanie-wearing prince.
Who do you want Hanna to be with: Caleb or Wren?