'One Tree Hill' Star Shantel VanSanten Excited For Chad Michael Murray's Return: 'It'll Be Cool!'

Thu, September 8, 2011 11:43am EDT by 16 Comments

Plus, Shantel confirms Hilarie Burton probably won’t be joining him. Are you bummed?

One Tree Hill fans, Shantel VanSanten is just as excited as we are for the show’s upcoming final season, which she promises will have “lots of mystery and lots of drama.” HollywoodLife.com caught up with Ms. Quinn James at the BCBG Spring 2012 show Sept. 8 during New York Fashion Week for the scoop on season nine!

Ready? OK, here’s everything Shantel told us:

On Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton:

“[Chad] comes back for an episode, and I actually get to work with him. I think it’ll be cool because then I’ll get to say I’ve worked with almost everybody, with Tyler [Hilton] coming back and a bunch of other people. Except Hilarie [Burton], I don’t think Hilarie will be coming back.”

On what fans can expect from season nine:

“A lot of mystery and a lot of drama! But I hope [it ends happily.] That’s obviously an ultimate dream of mine, but you never know with Mark [Schwahn]. I think everybody has a lot of drama and a lot of stuff going on in their lives. I’m so involved in everybody’s story lines, not like in other years. … It’s been interesting.”

On the secrecy surrounding the season’s biggest story lines:

“They’re not telling us anything this year. I find things out episode by episode when I get the script, which is really cool because it’s like a mystery novel. It makes me anticipate the scripts even more. I feel like Mark’s giving it everything and the fans are not going to be disappointed.”

On the set’s vibe, while filming the final season:

“It’s like coming back after Christmas break senior year. Everybody’s happy and excited, and just grateful to be finishing it off like this.”

On Brooke and Julian’s twins:

“They’re so cute! There are so many kids on set. We’re all going to be awesome parents after this season, because we all have to work with babies.”

— Reporting by Katrina Mitzeliotis, written by Andy Swift

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