The truth about Ezra had hit Aria really hard and in S4E22, she still wasn't dealing with it. That was until she crossed paths with Riley while in Syracuse, a super cute hook up who actually turned out to be just what she needed. Let's take a moment to appreciate Riley and everything he did to help Aria during their brief but very sweet encounter:
Aria hooked up with Riley while at a frat party in Syracuse.
And he was totally gorgeous!
The next day he met up with her to go on a tour of the university but they bailed.
Pancakes, yes please? Comfort food and some chill out time is ideal post-breakup.
He was a bit of a joker.
Aria needed someone fun like that to be around. We loved him already.
Oh, and he played the guitar.
Music is great way to heal a broken heart. And the fact that he didn't have his shirt on was just an added bonus...
And most importantly, he clearly really liked Aria.
Their chemistry was undeniable!
They were able to talk to each other about the issues they were dealing with.
Aria revealed her heartache, while Riley told her that he really wanted to go to study music but his parents didn't approve.
He gave Aria some pretty good advice.
Wise as well as beautiful. He had it all.
They had a lovely, bittersweet goodbye.
They liked each other but they knew what they had was temporary. However, they really appreciated it as it just what they both needed at the time.
And he left Aria with the best parting gift.
To remind her of the brave, strong person she is.
What a guy! Did you love Riley too?
Tell us in the comments.