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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: How Long Has Toby Been on the “A” Team?

On the Pretty Little Liars Season 3 summer finale (Season 3, Episode 12: “The Lady Killer”), we finally found out who the betrAyer is: Toby (Keegan Allen). Once we got over our initial shock, we had one big question stuck in our heads: How long has Toby been on the “A” team?

Let’s take a look back at some of the signs Toby has been on the “A” team from the very beginning.

Alison always hated Toby. Even before “the Jenna (Tammin Sursok) thing,” Alison (Sasha Pieterse) didn’t like Toby at all. Early on, she suspected him of spying on her and the Liars from his treehouse. Blinding Jenna started as a prank to scare Toby with firecrackers (unless you theorize that Alison was targeting Jenna all along), so the Liars were against him from the very start of the show.

Toby made a mix CD for Emily. In Season 1, Toby started out as Emily’s (Shay Mitchell) semi-secret friend. In Season 1, Episode 4: “Can You Hear Me Now?”, Toby makes a stalker-y mix CD for Emily, complete with a drawing of her on the cover. Looking back, that may have been the second sign (after the spying) that Toby was a stalker-in-training.

Toby’s tattoo. We’ve all come to believe Toby’s story about his tattoo, “9/01 Free at Last.” He claims that it’s the day he ended his incestuous relationship with younger step-sister Jenna. But it also happens to be the day that Alison disappeared. Now that we know Toby isn’t trustworthy, his tattoo might really signify the day he killed Alison, and felt free from her bullying ways for the first time.


Ali blackmailed Toby. In Season 1, Episode 6: “There’s No Place Like Homecoming,” Hanna (Ashley Benson) gets Toby’s file from a psychiatrist, which reveals that Ali had tortured Toby by blackmailing him. She said that if he ever told anyone she and the Liars were responsible for blinding Jenna, she would release evidence that he was involved with Jenna sexually.

The bloody sweater. Remember that sweater? The Liars (and later the police) realize that Alison was wearing Toby’s bloody sweater on the night she died, based on the final video of Ali. He claimed that he’d first met Alison that night and given her the sweater because she was cold, but how can we believe him now?

Toby was publicly shamed because of the Liars. After the sweater and video were used to put Toby in police custody, he spent the rest of the year as a recluse, made fun of and abused by the entire town of Rosewood. It seems perfectly natural for him to blame the Liars.

The hockey stick. In Season 2, Episode 7: “Surface Tension,” Toby is the one who “finds” the broken hockey stick buried in the Hastings’s yard. Could this have been an early diversion tactic on Toby’s part? To point the blame for Alison’s murder away from him and the “A” team?

His sudden ability to find Dr. Sullivan. In the Season 2 finale (Season 2, Episode 25: “UnmAsked”), Toby finally materialized and brought the missing Dr. Sullivan with him to Mona’s crash site. How did he find her so easily, unless he’d been part of the team who kidnapped her in the first place?

Tell us in the comments if you think Toby has been working with Mona all along, and therefore, has been plotting against and torturing the Liars every step of the way.

Catch the PLL Halloween special on Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.

Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.

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