Among the many bombs dropped on the most recent episode of Pretty Little Liars, “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” a new character was introduced that has raised several eyebrows.
Emily (Shay Mitchell) found the missing character, Toby’s (Keegan Allen) truck; however, Toby wasn’t the one driving it. Instead it was a “friend” of his that he gave his truck to. Fans are speculating whether Toby’s friend may actually be a secret brother of Toby’s that was never revealed. The new addition to the PLL cast shocked the audience when he slipped up and called Emily by her name, which she had never told him. How did this stranger already know Emily?
The stranger’s name was never revealed on the episode; however, according to the IMDB database the actor Riccardo Lebron, who plays the stranger on PLL, is actually listed as “Chris.” This may seem trivial to viewers because Chris is a pretty common name, but die-hard PLL fans have a different theory.
On Season 2 Episode 16 of Pretty Little Liars, “Let The Water Hold Me Down,” Spencer steals a guest-book from the blind rehabilitation center Jenna was attending to see who was visiting her in Philadelphia. The guest-book revealed that Garrett Reynolds had ties to Jenna, which was a major show-stopper back in Season 2, and if you look closely at the guest-book right above Jenna’s name, written extremely clearly is the name, “Chris Cavanaugh.”
Could the Chris Cavanaugh that was visiting Jenna in Philadelphia be the same Chris we met on “Out of Sight, Out of Mind?” If Toby does have a brother, it would make sense that he visited Jenna, seeing as how she is Toby’s step-sister, that would also make her Chris’s step-sister as well. It also wouldn’t be far-fetched that he knew Emily’s name, after all, she has lived next door to the Cavanaughs her whole life. Perhaps, they played together when they were children, and she doesn’t remember him. He appears to be older than Toby and the Liars, so if she was a toddler and he was older, that would explain how he remembered her, but she didn’t remember him.
But if speculations are correct and Chris is indeed the same Chris Cavanaugh from the guest-book, then why the secrecy? Toby was extremely close to Emily and Spencer, why would he never mention or reveal that he had a brother? If Chris is related to Toby, does that mean he is also a member of the A Team?
Marlene King has revealed a few teasers for Season 4, and among those teasers she hints that there will be flashbacks of Toby’s deceased mother. Some fans believe that Toby’s resentment toward the Liars is fueled by his mother’s death and that he somehow blames the Liars or one of their parents for her departure.
If Chris is Toby’s brother, that would also give him motive to be involved on the A Team, and his sudden introduction could be foreshadowing for the big reveal about Toby’s mother in Season 4. Regardless of his involvement or last name, Riccardo Lebron is a great addition to the PLL cast, and hopefully we will be seeing more of him in episodes to come.