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Pretty Little Liars Burning Question: Why Did Toby Tell Emily, “I Owe You One”?

Now that we’ve had a couple of days to process the big “A” reveal on Pretty Little Liars (Season 3, Episode 12: “The Lady Killer”), we’ve been going over everything Toby (Keegan Allen) said. But for now, we’re focused on his final words to the Little Liars: “Emily [Shay Mitchell], I owe you one.” What exactly did he mean by that?

Seconds later, the Liars saw Garrett (Yani Gellman) for the first time since he’d been released from police custody. Since the police discovered that Nate (aka Lyndon Jones) was Maya’s (Bianca Lawson) killer, that meant Garrett was free to go. Was this the reason Toby and Mona (Janel Parrish) would thank Emily?

We’re also very curious about why Mona told Toby that they had a “change of plan.” Before that moment, it seems that the “A” team was going to frame Paige (Lindsey Shaw) as Maya’s killer (based on Mona’s comment at the end of the episode about planting Maya’s phone in Paige’s bag). We can also guess that the “A” team planted Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) earring as well.

But why the phrase, “I owe you one”? Does this mean the “A” team is going to take it easier on Emily in the future? Before Season 3, “A” was always particularly harsh to Emily, coming close enough to massage her bare skin, trapping her in the greenhouse, and nearly killing her in a gas-filled barn.

Will Emily be spared now? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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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