First Melissa, and now Toby. As Pretty Little Liars filming comes to an end on the show’s final season, the cast is slowly but surely saying goodbye to the sets, the crew, the characters, and the actors who made Rosewood complete.
With only one day left on the shooting schedule, Keegan Allen is the latest main cast member to wrap. Allen has played Toby since the very beginning of the series, back when Toby was nothing more than that creepy guy who was Jenna’s step-brother. But now, he’s evolved into a good friend, a good cop, and of course, one half of the beloved Spoby relationship.
Allen, along with co-stars Troian Bellisario, Ian Harding, and Ashley Benson and series creator I. Marlene King, took to social media to say farewell to the show that has been homebase for seven years.
As I reflect on these years together in my dressing room on stage 6 on the WB lot (apparently James Dean once climbed above it and hid in the rafters) it is silent. I am unable to find the words to equate how tremendously emotional I feel. It is unlike anything I could ever explain. I will think about this often, and look back fondly on what we all shared together. I can't even believe it. So grateful for the support of our fans and friends. I will miss this family so very much.
There are not words that I can write (here) that could express the gratitude I have for walking next to this man for 7 years. @keeoone you know how I feel about you. You know what this part of my life means to me, you know all of the darkness and the light that we have shared over these years, the insane pants pissing laughter and now the heaving and hiccuping sobs that will live in my heart forever. Even if Spencer and Toby only exist in Rosewood you will always have me. Love you friend. Thank you.
This isn't a good photo, but it's an important one. I snapped it quickly from across a subway platform several years ago. Keegan and I were both working in the city, but managed to catch up one afternoon. We walked and talked for hours, waxing poetic and picking apart the little moments of our lives. It's a habit he and I continue to this day. Of the many blessings this show has bestowed upon me, meeting and befriending this fellow counts as one of the most important. Much love and happy wrap my friend. @keeoone
Allen’s farewell comes a few days after he posted a personal farewell message to Bellisario on Instagram:
In these last hours embodying our characters, I want to reflect on a great love I have for you. Last night, I was very present and took the time to really look at you as you are now. I have grown up with you and learned so much from you. I'm a better person because of you. I will continue to look up to you as an actor, because you care so deeply for our craft, and bring the greatest truth to everything you do. I absolutely love you Troian Bellisario. And as our characters drift off into space and away from our control, I remain grateful I could inhabit their existence with you right there to ground and protect me. I will miss these subtle moments and quick, brief glimpses of you and this whole surreal experience.
Pretty Little Liars returns to Freeform in April 2017.