Matt Lanter gives HollywoodLife.com a preview of the ‘90210’ series finale & teases what would have happened in season six.
After five seasons, two haircuts, and countless forgettable love interests, Liam Court — and the rest of his 90210 pals — will say goodbye during a two-hour event May 13. But even with the end in sight, Matt Lanter tells HollywoodLife.com there are still plenty of surprises to come. And even more we’ll never see.
What We Will See: ‘Lannie’ Fans ‘Will Be Happy’
Matt urges “anyone who’s been a fan of Liam’s romances, especially the Annie saga,” to tune into the final episode. “We end on a good note,” he says. “I’m happy with Liam’s ending, and I think most of the fans will be happy. … There might be a happy ending, a big pay-off for all the strife [Liam has] been put through.”
But while fans cross their fingers for Liam and Annie to reunite, Matt says the whole concept of ‘Lannie’ is basically lost on him and Shenae Grimes.
“Shenae and I are like brother and sister,” he explains. “It’s funny, we don’t feel like we have chemistry, but everybody loves Liam and Annie. We get a laugh out of it.”
Though Matt admits the overall finale feels “a little abrupt,” that’s only because the writers had a short time to turn the episode around after learning the show had been canceled. The original ending for season five looked very different before that.
What We Won’t See: The Five-Year Time Jump
The episode we’ll all see May 13 is not the way season five was supposed to end. Matt tells me the original finale “was a completely different episode,” one that would have set an interesting stage for a potentially shortened sixth season:
It was a cool episode where we actually aged our characters five years, and by act six of the finale, everybody was five years older. Liam was just getting out of jail for the bombing — in this version, I guess he was responsible for it — and Naomi was somewhere across the world. We all wanted to do it because we were hoping we’d get half a season next year and get to be with these characters five years in the future. We’d done the table read and everything. As a matter of fact, I think we even started shooting some of that stuff. But as soon as we got the news, we had to shift dramatically. It was a crazy couple of weeks.
Personally, I would have loved a five-year jump, if for no other than reason than to bypass the rest of the unnecessary college years.
“Liam was always at the college, but he was never in college,” Matt realizes. “There are a lot of things on 90210 you learn not to question.”
Life After ‘90210’: Matt Lanter’s Next Move
90210 may be ending, but fortunately, Matt’s not going anywhere. No, seriously, he’s staying on The CW! The network announced May 9 that it’s picking up Matt’s new series Star-Crossed, in which he plans smolder-y alien Roman, and he tells us to expect an “epic” romance with Aimee Teegarden‘s human character, Emery. (Read more about Star-Crossed here.)
HollywoodLifers, what do you hope to see on the series finale of 90210? Watch the promo below, then drop a comment with your theories and predictions. (Last chance!)
WATCH: ‘90210’ Series Finale Promo, ‘We All Fall Down’
— Andy Swift