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The big betrAyal on the Pretty Little Liars Season 3 summer finale (Season 3, Episode 12: “The Lady Killer”) was certainly as shocking as promised. Honestly, even though we speculated about it, we didn't really think Toby (Keegan Allen) could be on the "A" team.
Of course, the betrAyal raises a lot of question, not the least of which is: Does Toby really love Spencer (Troian Bellisario), or is that all an act to get closer to the Liars?
A fan asked PLL writer Bryan Holdman, "Help my Spoby heart. The other day you tweeted about how much they love each other. Was that a lie?"
Bryan's reply is very interesting. "Nope," he tweeted. "But this certainly complicates things, doesn't it? ;0)"
No kidding! Obviously, Spencer loves Toby (or at least the person she thinks Toby is), but Bryan's answer implies that Toby loves her back, despite his "A" team status. How could that be?
We have two theories. One is that Toby has been part of the "A" team since the beginning of the series, or he joined at some point in Season 1. If that's true, then we suspect he originally started dating Spencer for nefarious purposes, but ended up falling genuinely in love. Maybe that's even why Mona (Janel Parrish) tried to recruit her to the "A" team during the Season 2 finale earlier this year.
The other theory is that Toby joined the "A" team as a double agent after he fell for Spencer, in an attempt to help her (and himself) by taking them down from the inside.
If our first theory is correct, the question becomes whether Toby will ultimately chose his original allegiance to the "A" team, or his newer love for Spencer, and if Spencer will take him back after she learns the truth (if she learns the truth, that is). If our second theory is correct, the question is whether or not Spencer will forgive him for whatever bad things he has done as a double agent (and we'd also wonder how he managed to convince the "A" team to trust him.)
Do you belive Toby is really in love with Spencer? When and why do you think he joined the "A" team? Is there any hope for Spoby? Let us know in the comments below.
Catch the PLL Halloween special on Tuesday, October 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.
Rebecca Martin is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @BeccaMartin47.
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