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Chad Michael Murray Officially Returning To 'One Tree Hill' Next Season — Without Hilarie Burton :(

Mon, August 29, 2011 2:48pm EDT by Andy Swift 16 Comments

Are you excited to see Lucas back in Tree Hill, sans Peyton? I’m clearly not, hence my second-ever emoticon in a headline.

One Tree Hill fans finally got their wish granted! Well, half of their wish, anyway. Our sister site, TVLine, revealed today that Chad Michael Murray will reprise his role as Lucas Eugene Scott on the show’s ninth, and final, season. But there’s a catch; he’ll be making the trek alone! Hilarie Burton was reportedly not asked to join him. Join me as I throw a friggin’ fit!

Seriously, getting Lucas without Peyton is like getting peanut butter without jelly. It’s tasty and satisfying, but it lacks that ever-important sweetness. … Did that make sense? This mix of mind-blowing news and post-hurricane hysteria has rendered me generally brainless.

According to TVLine, Lucas will return to his hometown when Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) reaches out to him for help. And if my puzzle-piecing skills are as good as I think they are, it’s fair to assume she’ll call him when — spoiler alert — Nathan (James Lafferty) gets kidnapped!

It really sucks that Peyton won’t be back in Tree Hill, but hey, I guess someone’s gotta stay home with the baby will Lucas goes all Criminal Minds on his half-bro’s kidnapper.

— Andy Swift

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