You might’ve forgotten about One Tree Hill, as the CW drama won’t be returning to the airwaves til January 2012, but One Tree Hill has not forgotten about you. The CW recently released this promo of season 9, the show’s swan song, and it’s clear that creator Mark Schwan is bringing out the big guns.
As with all series enders, at least one major character is going to die. And though this show has long put its players in near-deadly car crashes and in the path of gun- and axe-wielding stalkers, the last big death was Keith. (And Quentin, if you count him as more than a plot device.) So let’s make some guesses as to who’s next!
Haley: I’ve long been convinced that Tutor Girl would bite the dust, especially after an alleged spoilerclaiming that she perishes in a car crash, but it turns out she’s the one to identify the body in this promo. So unless Mark Schwan plans to kill two characters, it’s not as likely.
Nathan: I’ve got some money riding on Nathan. With Lucas gone, he’s taken the mantle of tortured Scott boy; and who else could get Haley to cry that hard? Sure, we see a reaction shot from him, but not him breaking down crying. The one conflicting element is that he was already in a dangerous car crash, so…
Jamie: Not even the creators are that cruel to get rid of the kid (annoying as he is). Although it should be pointed out that while there are shots of everyone else crying, we only see a shot of him smiling.
Clay/Quinn: These two had that plotline where they got shot by his stalker and were swimming about in limbo for at least one episode. I can’t imagine the creators would risk redundancy and have them be near-death victims again.
Brooke: I have to think that Brooke is untouchable. In the last few seasons she’s really become the heart of the show.
Julian: Then again, breaking Brooke Davis’ heart isn’t out of the question. Julian’s too damn nice! I can see the writers killing him off.
Chris Keller: If I were watching this season 9 preview right, Tyler Hilton‘s character is back, and he’s helping Dan attack someone? Plus, Haley’s always had some affection for him; she’d be sad to see him die.
Mouth/Millie: I haven’t seen enough of last season to know how these guys are doing as a couple, but I could see either dying. Perhaps even more so than Brooke, Mouth was a character beloved by all of the viewers. By contrast, Millie is the one of the show’s many cautionary tales; the shot of her breaking down could be right before she does something drastic that costs her her life.
Lucas: Would the writers bring him back after several seasons, only to kill him off? Maybe.
Dan: Yes. Can this please happen? Series finales are all about turning the show on its ear; Dan is a human cockroach, so it would be so fitting for him to finally, finally die.
Bear in mind, I have no insider info, so these are all just educated guesses from my years of being a OTH fan. So now it’s your turn, in the poll and the comments, to trade conspiracy theories about who’s a goner.
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