PLL showrunner Marlene King tweeted that we “will see Toby’s mom in a Season 4 premiere flashback.”
You may remember Marion Cavanaugh’s name from when Spencer vandalized her tomb in Season 3, Episode 18: “Dead to Me.” Sorry, Mar! Try not to take it too personally. Spence is going through a lot right now.
Marion died sometime before the series started, and Toby’s father married Jenna’s (Tammin Sursok) mother. Toby obviously still thinks of her, as he leaves hydrangeas at her tomb. We wonder if her death could help explain Toby’s motives for being on Team “A”? Perhaps Marion’s death is related to “A”?
We can’t help worry about Toby. Marlene teased Marion’s flashback appearance in response to a fan asking if Toby would be the character to die in Season 3. Now, we’re hoping that is just a coincidence, but we haven’t seen Toby for a while. And as much as Spence is going through right now, at least she has her friends. Who does Toby have to keep him grounded? Mona?
We’re going to try to stay positive and just focus on the connection between Spence keying Marion’s tombstone and a flashback to Toby’s dearly departed mother. Perhaps this means those two crazy kids will finally talk about Toby’s betrayal. At the very least, it probably means we’ll get to see Keegan’s handsome face in Season 4. And that gives us hope!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.