Though One Tree Hill‘s ninth, and final, season will feature the return of some old favorites — Dan Scott, Chris Keller, etc. — it was officially announced Aug. 4 at the Critics Television Association’s summer tour that Nathan (James Lafferty) will only be around for “multiple” episodes. How do YOU think they’ll explain his absence? Let the wild speculation begins!
Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) has been M.I.A. from One Tree Hill ever since he and new-bride Peyton (Hilarie Burton) decided to take a spontaneous road trip into the great beyond with their infant daughter strapped dangerously into the backseat. But Chad tells E!’s Ted Casablanca he’d gladly pay the show a visit — if they ever decide to ask him.
Many CW viewers breathed a sigh of relief April 26 when the network announced the renewal of five hit series — but the news wasn’t quite as hopeful for One Tree Hill fans, whose favorite show remains very much on the bubble. As a longtime fan myself, I have to say I’d be pretty bummed if these next three episodes also turn out to be the last. I’m not ready to say goodbye to the group of madcap southerners who taught me so much about life. And actually made me care about basketball.