[Warning: The following contains spoilers for Tuesday's episode of Pretty Little Liars. Read at your own risk!]
There's still a lot to be revealed in next week's Pretty Little Liars summer finale, but the season's penultimate episode did uncover one specific gem -- what happened between Aria (Lucy Hale) and Jason DiLaurentis (Drew Van Acker) during the five-year time jump.
It turns out their secretive conversations and coded allusions to "what happened between us" was in fact a cryptic way of talking about a secret affair. Aria and Jason were involved in a passionate fling shortly after she graduated college. Flashbacks revealed Aria waking up in Jason's bed years prior and the older DiLaurentis asking her to join him on a philanthropy trip to Ethiopia.
Why didn't Aria make the trip to Africa to help impoverished villagers and rack up more bedroom hours with her chiseled and rugged high school crush? Part of her, even back then, was still in love with Ezra (Ian Harding). Aria took the editorial assistant job at the publishing company that put out Ezra's first book. She explained to Jason that it was just to get her foot in the door, but back in the present she re-explained to Jason that she must have secretly hoped the job would lead her back to Ezra's arms.
That means that things are still on track for "Ezria" -- the couple that die-hard fans have been shipping since the pilot episode of Pretty Little Liars. Aria's adventures with Jason this episode only helped to clarify that Ezra is the man she wants to be with. It seems like the universe agrees, because Ezra confirmed in the closing moments of the episode that his ex-girlfriend Nicole did not in fact survive being attacked by pirates during a Habitat for Humanity trip in Colombia.
That means there's no one left to stand in the way of Aria and Ezra's happy ending, you know, except for A.D., who won't be revealed until the end of Season 7.
Pretty Little Liars' summer season ends Tuesday, Aug. 30 at 8/7c on Freeform.