Some of our Pretty Little Liars questions were answered in the Season 3 finale (Toby didn’t “betray” Spencer afterall!), but as this show has demonstrated to us time and again, with more answers come even more questions. That’s why we’re eagerly anticipating Season 4 (mere weeks away), and gathering up as many clues as we can to help us survive through the home stretch. Here is a spoiler roundup of what we know so far about Season 4:
Episode titles. We’re awash in episode titles! The Season 4 opener will be titled “‘A’ is for A-L-I-V-E.” After that comes: “Turn of the Shoe,” “Cat’s Cradle,” “Face Time,” “Gamma Zeta Die,” “Under the Gun,” and “Crash and Burn, Girl.” Our most recent title reveal is for Season 4, Episode 8, which will be awesomely entitled “The Guilty Girl’s Handbook.”
It’s going to be “killer.” At least that’s what Marlene King tweeted in February. We’re not sure yet if this means the death count will rise in Rosewood next season (Marlene said at least one character will die this season), if one of our characters will be revealed to be a killer, or if it is a reference to the PLL book, Killer. Regardless, it is quite ominous.
Toby’s mom. We also know that we are going to see Toby’s mother in the Season 4 premiere. As Marion Cavannaugh is dead (or so we think...we’re never 100 percent sure about anyone’s death on this show), we will most likely be seeing Marion in flashback form. Maybe we’ll finally learn something more about Toby’s questionable motives!
Returning characters. Although we’re relatively certain that our four main protagonists will remain safe, we’re never certain about the supporting characters on the show. Luckily, we’ve gotten confirmation that both Sasha Pieterse (Ali) and Janel Parrish (Mona) will be around next season. Not to mention we’re apparently seeing more of Sasha this season. Does this mean Ali is alive after all?
A Hitchcock homage. We’ve already seen many a Hitchcock film referenced in PLL, but next season we will get a homage to the avian horror, The Birds. We’re not positive how this will manifest, but if it’s anything like the source material, it will be terrifying. PLL has done such a good job with the Hitchcock references so far. We can’t wait to see this one!
No Christmas special. This isn’t so much a spoiler, as a dashed hope. Marlene has said there will be no Christmas special for Season 4, though she hasn’t ruled it out for future seasons. So maybe a postponed hope, then?
One cop, two cop. Rosewood will be getting not one, but two new cops in the department. Sean Faris will be playing officer Gabriel Holbrook and Roma Maffia will be officer Linda Tanner. The Rosewood PD has never been the Liars’ best friend. Will that change with the news cops in town?
More dolls, more drama. Marlene King teased that dolls will come into play in Season 4, Episode 1. Will the girls be visiting the doll shop again? We hope not! That place gave us the creeps.
The return of Mike Montgomery. That’s right! Aria’s baby brother will be back! We’ve speculated about possible storylines, but we’re still not yet sure what Mike’s return will look like. We also know he will be around for not one, but at least three episodes!
Veronica Hastings: character extraordinaire. According to writer Bryan Holdman, Veronica Hastings (Spence’s mom) will “have her hands full” this season. We’re not sure if that means in her capacity as mother, lawyer, or both, but we’re all for more Veronica!
Pam Fields is desperate. Veronica isn’t the only Rosewood parental that will be getting a juicy Season 4 storyline. Nia Peeples (Pam Fields) tweeted that we can “expect desperation” from Pam in Season 4. She also confirmed that she will be in three of the first four episodes of the season.
We will hate Ashley Marin. Also in the mom camp, we are apparently going to be none too pleased with Hanna’s mom in Season 4. This coming straight from the mouth of Ashley Benson (Hanna), who would probably know best. What could she do to turn us against her?!
Spoby: the same, but different. Bryan Holdman has graced us with this riddle concerning Spoby: “Season 4 Spoby is like Season 3 Spoby...but different.” We know from Keegan Allen that Spoby will start the season off strong. Perhaps Bryan’s riddle refers to the fact that instead of Toby acting as Spencer’s rock this season, it will be Spence’s turn to play the emotionally stable one in the relationship. Apparently, Spence is going to help Toby deal with his troubled past this season.
Ezria Breakup Aftermath. It seems Ezra is going it alone this season (or, more accurately, without Aria). Not only does he have an Aria-less scene in Season 4, Episode 2, but he is in for some “shocking developments” this season. Aria, on the other hand, has a new love interest in the form of Jake, resident martial arts instructor. Here are some sneak peeks at their various interactions in early Season 4: an awkward Bre meet-up; Mr. Fitz teaching a Liar-filled class; and an angsty stairwell scene from Season 4, Episode 6.
New character pairings! Bromance! We were excited to hear that characters who have never before interacted on PLL will be getting screen time together in Season 4. Among our suggestions: Toby/Caleb, Mona/Paige, and Jenna/Wilden. We know we will at least the first will be happening in the Toby/Caleb bromance set for Season 4, Episode 7. Huzzah!
More Sasha. Marlene King asked if we were ready to see a lot more of Sasha Pieterse (Ali) this season, and the answer is a resounding “yes!” Marlene is less forthcoming as to whether we will be seeing Sasha in flashbacks or not...
Script spoilers. Marlene has been forthcoming with sneak peeks at the script for Season 4, Episode 1. Check out our roundup of the seven lines of dialogue she’s tweeted thus far, and help us speculate what they could mean. Our favorite: "Are you really so sure about everything you're so sure about?"
Ravenswood crossovers. The PLL spin-off, Ravenswood, will get a few mentions this season. Spencer and Toby will take a trip to Ravenswood in Season 4, Episode 6 on the trail of a clue. There, they will meet Mrs. Grunwald, who will be a recurring character on Ravenswood. We will meet three main characters from the series in the PLL Halloween special, which will segway into the Ravenswood premiere, taking Caleb with it.
Haleb Love. Speaking of Caleb’s imminent departure, it sounds like we will be getting lots of lovely Haleb beforehand (we can’t decide it this makes it worse). Apparently, Caleb is Hanna’s “rock” over the summer. Season 4, Episode 3 will feature a “very powerful Haleb scene.” And, apparently, Caleb’s departure features a “beautiful Casablanca moment” for Haleb.
The lighter will come back into play. Remember that North by Northwest-inspired lighter planted on Toby at the end of the Season 3 finale? Well, according to Keegan, there is more to that lighter than meets the eye. He says it will affect Toby in Season 4.
Sneak peeks! We finally have scene-age from the first episode. What have we learned from the three sneak peeks? Well, Mrd. Dilaurentis is back in town (and claiming Jason is “down South”), Spencer and Toby are super sleuths, the Liars disposed of Wilden’s vehicle (again), and Hanna is pretending to be Mona’s BFF. Drama gold.
Toby and Ali used to be friends. Speaking of friends turned enemies, it turns out Toby and Ali used to actually be friends. We will see the two exchanging friendship bracelets (or, you know, just talking) in Toby’s very own flashback in the season premiere.
Another season, another funeral. The Liars will be attending yet another funeral in the Season 4 premiere. Words not out yet on who bit the bullet, but there is a mysterious Woman in Black in attendance at said funeral (And a hunky new piece of eye candy on Jenna’s arm. We wonder where Shana is...)
Premiere picks up “moments later.” As in, we get to find out what was in that blasted trunk sooner rather than later. And thank the gods for that! With all this talk that it’s “more disturbing” than the creepy dolls from Season 2 and “pretty close to your worst nightmare,” our imaginations have gotten away with us!
Season 4 premiers on June 11. Until then, we’re poised and ready for more glimpses at what the new season will look like. If it is going to be anything like the first three, we can’t wait!
Catch the next episode of Pretty Little Liars on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.