Credit: Eric McCandless/ ABC Family Photo: Pretty Little Liars Season 3, Episode 17: Spencer in the Mirror

The day has finally come, Pretty Little Liars fans, for Spencer (Troian Bellisario) to learn about Toby’s (Keegan Allen) betr’A’yal and yes, it’s going to get ugly. Or in creator Marlene King’s words, “gut-wrenching,”
 
However, this isn’t going to end with Spencer storming away in anger, In fact, Marlene told TV Line Spencer will go through “the stages of grief: First, it’s denial, then anger, then sadness and, in her odd way, acceptance, too.”

“Her original thought is to say, ‘Please, Toby, tell me there’s more to the story’ — and we leave you hanging with that for awhile,” she added. “But she’ll [initially] keep it a secret. That’s her journey through the first half of Season 3B, because she doesn’t want the girls to know — especially when she’s still trying to process and make sense of it.”

Of course, Spencer (being the super sleuth that she is) will use this secret to turn the situation into a dangerous “cat-and-mouse game” between her and Toby. However, the emotional weight of this secret might tear Spencer — and ultimately, Spoby — apart.

It’s the unraveling of Spencer Hastings,” fellow PLL boss Oliver Goldstick told TV Line.

To be honest, we’re not sure if we have enough tissues for this.

Source: TV Line

Catch the episode on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.