Who Is Holden on Pretty Little Liars?

Here's a recap of everything you need to know about him.


The PLL 7B Premiere reintroduced us to a familiar face we hadn't seen in a pretty long time.

Holden Strauss, one of Aria's childhood friends, turned up when the bride-to-be was checking out a wedding venue. While Aria was pleasantly surprised to see Holden, we can understand if some of you may have been struggling to remember exactly who he was -- we last saw him in Season 3 after all! So to help you out, we've put together this handy reminder of what we know about Holden so far. Read on, then you can get on with theorizing what exactly his return means!

We first met Holden way back in Season 2!

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Aria and her parents bumped into Holden and his dad and we learned that his family had just recently returned from living in Portugal. We also found out that he and Aria were friends when they were just little kids.

Soon after their reintroduction, Holden asked Aria out.

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Aria accepted, but only as a way for her to see Ezra. Her parents were keeping her away from him after finding out about their relationship, so Aria planned to go to a theatre show with Holden that she knew Ezra would be at.

But Holden noticed how Aria was looking at Ezra at the show.

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He was super sweet and understanding about it because he had stuff he wanted to keep secret from him parents too, so they arranged to keep dating to act as each other's cover.

And even though they weren't actually dating, they got on really well.

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Remember when Holden gave Aria the bag of gummy bears because she used to sneak them into their play dates when they were little? And their arcade hang out looked like so much fun!

But Aria started to get suspicious of what he was covering up after she spotted this huge bruise!

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When she asked about it he brushed it off saying it was just from football and made her promise not to say anything about it. Aria didn't believe him, but she kept quiet.

She got even more suspicious after she saw a bag of pills fall out of his bag.

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Holden was really defensive when Aria questioned him about them, so she told him she couldn't keep covering for him if he was doing something to hurt himself.

Eventually, Holden gave in and told her that he was doing martial arts.

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His parents didn't approve of him competing which is why he had to keep it secret -- and the pills he had were just pain killers. He also told Aria that he had a big match coming up and was able to convince her to cover for him again so he could take part.

But Ella told Aria that the real reason why Holden's parents were so strict and what the pills were actually for.

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Which made Aria seriously worried about him.

So she decided to confront him about it.

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He told her that he had an abdominal aortic aneurysm, but he didn't want to let it stand in the way of him having a proper life. Aria didn't approve, but she ended up staying to watch his match and at the end admitted that she understood why he was doing it.

After that, we didn't see Holden again until Season 3.

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Emily bumped into him at the Church's volunteer party and noticed a tattoo on his wrist that looked like the one she saw in a flashback from the night she ended up at Ali's grave. When she asked him about it he told her that it's actually a stamp from a party which changes location regularly and that he used to see Maya at it. When he left, she had another flashback from that night of what looked like the back of Holden's head.

And that was the last we saw of Holden until his return in the 7B Premiere.

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He is now working as a chef for the wedding venue his sister owns. He and Aria hit it off again instantly and he offered to show her around the venue. So, does this mean we'll be seeing more of Holden in Season 7B? The childhood friends got on so well in the past so perhaps they'll reconnect again. After all, with Ezra back in New York to see Nicole, Aria could really do with the support of her friends.

What do you think of Holden? And what do you think his return in Season 7B could mean?!

Watch the Pretty Little Liars 7B Premiere again, here on Freeform!

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