"I saw a teacher interviewing today with the principal. He was quite sexy. High school boys are gross. College boys are only looking for one thing, but older men now they know what they want and take it all. He looks kind of bookish, but in a cute way. I will get to know him eventually and to have a teacher on my side..”
Ali saw a teacher interviewing sometime before she disappeared. When Ezra meets Aria, she asked if he went to Hollis. Ezra replies that he just graduated. This is a year after Ali went missing. Ezra would have entered his final year at Hollis right after Ali went missing (Labor Day weekend). Idk if he would have been out applying for teaching jobs a year before completing his degree, but if not…
The page also says she’s not interested in college boys…makes me think of someone older, rather than a fresh outta Hollis boy. And check out that comparison picture! Byron looks waaay more bookish than Ezra.
Okay, this is totally my biggest hope.
Lolita is about a young girl and a middle aged English teacher. Like, quite older than Ezra.
We know Byron had a thing for younger girls (Meredith was his student). And okay, I get that she’s not as young as Ali, but given the chance to cheat on his wife with a hot young blonde? Well, he’s done it before.
Ali was super invested in Byron’s affair with Meredith. That blackmail would be way more impressive if she was blackmailing him with their affair. Also a bit more believable when the person involved makes the call to the wife.
Remember when she trashed the office? It could’ve been Ali’s earrings in the couch. Ali could’ve also been pissed that Byron was sleeping with a different girl, so she wanted to ruin that girls relationship with Byron. I mean, she kinda also wanted to ruin his relationship with Ella. Ali sounds like she has a reason to want to eliminate these girls from Byron’s life.
We’ve seen a flashback to Ali in Byron’s office, alone. So she could’ve visited him there other times.
Byron’s sabbatical in Iceland has always made me think this guy was hiding something big. Nice timing, Byron!
And my favorite: “you know why I picked you, right?” Crackpot theory: Ali wanted a reason to be around Byron so she befriends his weird daughter! (No hate, aria. They’ve just mentioned that you don’t really fit with the group ohhhh a hundred times.)
What do you think? Let me know if you have more evidence or theories about Byron!
Thanks for the huge response! In a reply to some of the other theories going around:
I get that it’s totally possible that Ezra was interviewing early, but she specifically states that she doesn’t like college boys! Ezra is clearly young enough to fall into that category. She is talking about an older man in this instance.
Yes, Byron was teaching at Hollis. Maybe he wanted to switch jobs?
Also, I’m not claiming Byron is board shorts. I totally think that’s Wren. And I’m sorry for throwing another guy into the mix but dear lord this girl can’t keep it in her pants. Or as Emily put it: she liked to collect love from people.