I was lucky enough to spend my night in L.A. at “An Evening with One Tree Hill” watching the season 9 premiere with some of the cast. As Bethany Joy Galeotti and Paul Johansson took their seats behind me, I tried to remain calm. I also tried not to stare at the beautifulness that is Sophia Bush all night, but no one’s perfect. Anyway, there were tears, there were laughs, but most of all, there was excitement in the room. It’s certainly gearing up to be the most gut-wrenching season EVER. The first minute of the premiere will literally BLOW YOUR MIND. Get ready.
Stay tuned tomorrow for my full recap of the night (complete with more Q&A answers!), but for now, here are 10 things to expect this season!
WARNING: THERE MAY BE SPOILERS!
OK, THERE’S DEFINITELY SPOILERS.
SO STOP READING IF YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW.
1. Tons of nakedness!
Specifically from Chase and Alex. Sorry, Nathan fans. I know we’re used to seeing James Lafferty shirtless in every episode, but we get Alex in panties and Chase in tighty-whities. That’s a fair trade, right? Oh, and lots of sex talk. Lots.
2. Chris Keller in TOTAL creep mode (just the way we like him).
Chris Keller is back, ladies. And he’s on the prowl as usual. When I talked with Tyler last month, he told me that Chris definitely gets laid this season. And despite some MAJOR one-sided flirting with Haley in the first episode back, my suspicions are true. Looks like his eyes are set on another fellow musician… a taken one.
3. Tyler and Chase bromance.
It’s funny that these unlikely two become friends this season considering Chris is after his girl and all. Tyler told me that he spent A LOT of time with Stephen Colletti while filming, so expect some pretty crazy hi-jinks. Mark Schwahn says that it basically “turned into an episode of Porky’s” with these two.
4. Clay and Quinn hit a rough patch.
We’re introduced to a sleepwalking Clay in the premiere, which doesn’t seem like much of a big deal. For him. Quinn, on the other hand, is really worried and stays up all night keeping an eye on her man. It’s all good for now, but sh*t is sure to hit the fan sooner or later. The first minute of the premiere features a major fight between the two. MAJOR.
5. Lots of very dark stuff.
Shantel VanSanten calls season 9 “a complete rollercoaster.” Mark says it’s “very much a One Tree Hill season,” while Sophia adds that it’s just “darker and more naked.” And we’re totally OK with that. Bring on the dark and naked!
6. Fat Mouth.
No, that’s not a rapper’s nickname. When I talked to Lee Norris a while back, he hinted at a MAJOR change in his character and I speculated a lot of things, but not this. Turns out Mouth has “gained nearly 60 pounds.” I wonder what Millie will think. Rob Buckley tells us what really happened though — “Mouth ate Skillz.” Oh, Rob.
7. Brooke’s dad is back
I was a little annoyed that Brooke’s father missed her wedding and basically forgot she existed for most of her life just to come back and expect things to be OK. But after watching the premiere, I’m intrigued by his return. And the comedic chemistry with ex-wife Victoria promises to be a good time.
8. Lots of love.
Yes, this season will be very dark. And intense. Very. But, Mark assures us that these last 13 episodes are chock-full of “relationship-driven stuff.” And that definitely rings true in the premiere (except for Naley who unfortunately never share the screen). Brooke and Julian are very much in parent-mode, but still have time to make out. And stuff.
9. Dan Scott.
Need we say more? An unlucky turn of events (or a deliberately-lit match?) lands Dan homeless and broke. While Nathan is on the road, he turns to his daughter-in-law for help. And what do ya know? Haley musters up enough forgiveness to open her doors to him. That’s right. Dan is staying in the Naley household, people. That can’t be good. Especially because…
10. Someone dies.
OK, so no one dies in the actual premiere (that would be uber lame), but there are some mysterious things happening around Haley. It looks like they may be setting up the storyline for Nathan’s kidnapping. But who dies? Don’t worry. “It’s not Chad,” Paul Johansson says.
Thanks for that.
How excited are you for the premiere?