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One Tree Hill Season 9 – Chad Murray and Hilarie Burton Back in the Fold?

Now that it only has one season left and all the current cast signed on The CW is looking to lure back ex-cast members Chad Murray and Hilarie Burton for one last hurrah. The duo played the couple Lucas and Peyton and were last seen riding off into the sunset with a newborn baby girl. They left the show after its sixth season, and since then have become very busy. Burton is going to be a regular on the show White Collar and Murray has been working on feature films. TV Line suggested that because this will be the shows last season, and as long as the scheduling can be worked out, it seems like a foregone conclusion the two will return for at least one episode.

“[New CW boss] Mark Pedowitz is going to talk with them,” the network’s outgoing preisdent Dawn Ostroff told TVLine. “I don’t think anything has been done yet, but now that everybody knows that this is the final 13 episodes… that makes it more possible as far as cast members coming back,””

Fans of the show are always hoping to have these two very important characters return one last time. With all the time jumps the show tends to do, more time ends up passing on the show than in real life. There’s a lot of catching up to do in the three years (in show time) they’ve been gone for. Characters occasionally mentioned them as the series went on, but not much has been said of what they’re up to. Then again, with all the drama in this show, there might not be time for chit chat about they’re lives.

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  1. stella

    May 23, 2011 at 1:40 am

    it’s their not they’re… spellcheck

    • Brody Gibson

      May 23, 2011 at 2:01 am

      I appreciate your concern. It won’t happen again.

      • Corrine

        May 23, 2011 at 10:47 pm

        Actually stella, it is they’re. As in “of what they ARE up to.”

        • Brody Gibson

          May 24, 2011 at 1:07 am

          No Stella is right.
          “Then again, with all the drama in this show, there might not be time for chit chat about they’re lives.”
          They are lives is incorrect.

        • nacho

          August 22, 2011 at 5:44 am

          chat about they are lives? twat :P


  2. Sam

    May 23, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    If haley dies like mentioned in previous spoilers, I think this show can go back to its old roots: Having everything back up in the air. The fan base is intense. We want more intriguing storylines. We love this show. Please spice things up, we want controversy!

    • Matt

      May 24, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      I think something should have happened to Nathan in the finale (ex. a car accident) because James Lafferty hasn’t signed a contract for season 9 yet. So if he doesn’t, then Nathan could have died. And this would have brought all of the characters together and gave a reason for Lucas and Peyton to return. This would have also helped the show add more spice and more emotion.

      • sarah

        June 3, 2011 at 5:06 am

        they have had lots of reasons to come back but never have, infact they dont even get mentioned anymore after Brooke said to Hayley shes the one that has always been there for her. Lucas and Payton have no room to come back anymore

        • adel

          August 16, 2011 at 1:00 am

          Unless they come back, and their reason for not coming back is that the baby’s had Leukemia or something.

    • Melissa

      August 2, 2011 at 8:39 pm

      It really sucks that there is only one season left.. with the fan base so large they need to keep the seasons coming!!!

  3. magasin abercrombie

    May 24, 2011 at 1:53 am

    yes.i love them.

  4. Debbie

    May 27, 2011 at 1:14 am

    So there is a chance that Chad and Hilarie might come back for the last season!! Well heres what i want to see, if they come back that’ll be Great, but i would like the show go back to the root, where it all started, That means bring back some old faces like Tim and Bevin, Jake, Rachel, Deb, Karen and hell even whitey. Just to show that Tree Hill is still their home, and to show that even through all the hard times everyone in Tree Hill still keeps in touch. I think they should show the dedicated loyal fans that have watched from the begining that they haven’t forgot about all the early Tree hillers.

    • claire

      May 31, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      i totally agree with you debbie i would love to see all them again especially lucas and peyton. its not the same with them. i miss leyton but i also like to see bevin and tim, they were funny and also jake with jenny and karen with lily so they can see how haley is getting on in new opening of jkaren’s cafe :)

      • Maranda

        July 6, 2011 at 2:57 pm

        I totally agree. I have all the seasons on dvd because I couldn’t keep up with them on tv. But I have watched every single episode and I miss all the characters. If this is the last season they need everybody and they need to make it good. They can include the new people with the old people.

    • leyton

      August 15, 2011 at 5:18 am

      if only uncle kieth could come back from the dead

  5. Ty

    May 30, 2011 at 3:57 am

    If Chad and Hilarie re-enter the show that will be exciting. Also, dont kill anybody, it should have a happy ending please!

  6. claire

    May 31, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    bring leyton back please. i love and miss them :)

  7. Brice Tinlin

    June 12, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    I’m happy that cw is at least trying to bring back One Tree hill bringing back Lucas and Peyton back. Thanks

  8. Amanda

    June 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    For the final season I would LOVE to see Lucas and Peyton (along with baby Sawyer). The show is just not the same without them:( It’s still a GREAT show even with the characters but I want to see some of the original ones back…Also, I hope nothing tragic happens to end the series. I like things just the way they are, HAPPY!! With Nathan, Haley, Jamie, and Lydia. Lucas, Peyton, Sawyer, Julian, Brooke, their kids, Mouth and Millie, Skills, Quinn, Clay, AND the rest of the cast members…

  9. love

    June 20, 2011 at 4:14 pm

    i really cant wait to see what happen with chad and hillarie since ever, it will be so beautiful to have them back on track and will need an happy ending to one tree hill.

    • dream

      September 21, 2011 at 6:22 am

      owe they must be come back (lucas and payton) thery are lovely ……

  10. sanzy

    June 23, 2011 at 1:16 am

    i’d really love to see Lucas and Payton return to the show.they have really been missed.but i’ll also like to see the rest of them all,especially whitey,damn i like the guy.please,no sad ending,we really want a happy ending for these people!

  11. Anonymous

    June 27, 2011 at 4:24 am

    i love one tree hill i hope this wll never end untl i die

  12. Shayne

    June 27, 2011 at 4:28 am

    i am super overwhelmed with season 8 of one tree hill please dont change the flow of the story just keep it that way, even though it’s boring, this is really inspiring and please dont mix the love team again since they are all married.. super love otH! It’s part of my growth and life!

  13. Emil

    June 28, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    I really think they should take Chad & Hilarie back, atleast for 2-3 episodes. I saw someone wrote about what Brooke said to Haley about Peyton. But that does not mean that she wouldn’t be overjoyed if Peyton came back. I also think that everybody wants to have in confirmed, that Peyton and Lucas are living well and so on..

  14. Anonymous

    July 3, 2011 at 3:59 am

    I want to see Chad and Hilarie back on OTH. Please do everything possible to bring them back!

  15. Handsykay

    July 3, 2011 at 4:00 am

    I want to see Chad and Hilarie back on OTH. Please do everything possible to bring them back!

  16. aprilc

    July 13, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    I personally would LOVE to see lucas and peyton again. I think haley, brooke and everyone else needs to see baby sawyer! Maybe something big like cancer or brooke’s baby makes lucas and peyton return. PLEASE come back lucas and peyton!!

  17. UD

    July 17, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Oh puleez,i want 2 see lucas nd peyton on dis final season…i think a gud reason wuld b 4 Dan 2 die nd they’l hav 2com 4 his funeral..nd whitey too,nd Andy nd karen…nd den d perfect person 2 keep every1 on their toes…Racheal.:-)

  18. Claire

    July 21, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Lucas and Peyton please come back. pliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiz.

  19. Madison

    July 21, 2011 at 5:43 pm

    I hope Lucas and Peyton come back! I would really love it if Sam (A.K.A Brooke’s foster daughter) came back!!

  20. katelyn

    August 1, 2011 at 4:35 am

    ssso, i think everyone should come back. like not characters like fall out boy, but characters that weren’t in it that much, but made an impact on the show. i think the last episode should just be a reunion for them, that would be the best ending ever.

  21. susan

    August 2, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    i dont think the show should end writers should start seeing how the kids like jamie can get in to there is still a lot to write about I DONT WANT IT TO BE THE LAST.

  22. Bree

    August 8, 2011 at 1:48 am

    I really hate to see this show end. I read the book first and then had to get the DVDs (never had the CW channel in our area). I absolutely love OTH and would really like to see everyone come back. Please don’t end OTH!!

  23. Lana

    August 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    I would like to see Lucas and Peyton with their child of course, Karen,lily,Whitey,Rachel,Bevin,Tim,Deb,sills,and I would like to see Taylor have a closer relationship with her siters and I agree no one should die please have and happy ending.

  24. Sarah Anne

    August 12, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    I loved the highschool seasons of One Tree Hill i always go and watch them over again and again, i really hope in the Last season of One Tree Hill Peyton and Lucas will return, One tree hill isnt the same without them<3

  25. Victoria Mandinyenya

    August 17, 2011 at 4:41 am

    i agree with you sarah. would love to see lucas one more tym. i love that boy

  26. Garrison Pascal

    August 23, 2011 at 3:17 am

    I love one tree hill
    i watch it over and over again from time to time

    but it sucked at season 7 cause there were no peyton and lucas and they’re baby sawyer brooke scott

    but it was still awesome with other new cast members
    so i liked season seven

    i hope there’s gonna be the same cast in season 9 with peyton and lucas and they’re baby

    at least for some episodes.

  27. Beth

    September 6, 2011 at 11:16 am

    I really hope that Hilary Burton and Chad Michael Murray come back because they were really the main people in the story but then they ended up leaving!. It would be great for them to come back because it is the last series but I really think it shouldn’t be. it isnt the same without them in One Tree Hill. I think karen and andy and baby lily should come back aswell to see how Haley and Brooke are doing with re-opening Karens Café. I also think that Brooke misses huer best friend( Peyton) as she looked upset when Peyton couldn’t come to the wedding but she told Haley that she had always been there for her. I really miss Peyton and Lucas, One Tree Hill isn’t the same without them! <3 x

  28. Anna

    September 24, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    I loved HB on the show, but she rocks on White Collar, so even though my fab 2 characters left, I think it was for the best, and I’m glad for one last season of OTH!

  29. chinedu

    September 28, 2011 at 11:49 am

    This movie sucks

    • katelyn

      January 21, 2012 at 12:16 am

      thts why its not a movie?

  30. A Gibson23

    September 29, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Last season? Are the crazy ??? Everyone still loves one tree hill :( please dont take it away

  31. linda

    October 5, 2011 at 8:45 pm


    what is the date tree hill is going back on.? I really hope Lucas and Peyton return

  32. ayomide

    October 12, 2011 at 11:46 am

    am so happy lucas nd peyton are bk i wish dis was nt d last season i so much love one tree hill

  33. peter

    November 25, 2011 at 9:54 am

    i cant wait to see peyton and lucas in this seasoned series.they make me really happy when watching them.cant wait to have them around guyz are the bomb

  34. jessie mathews

    December 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    how could u do this to us we love u and it will not be the same with out u two i will not wacth it any more it the leve .

  35. Rabi

    January 13, 2012 at 6:36 am

    Hello luke n peyton! Kp up d gd wrk…
    N 2 all d cast, u make me proud

  36. Amanda

    January 26, 2012 at 1:25 am

    No offense to Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton, but I actually liked the series better after they left. Not because they weren’t great, but because I really like Quinn, Clay, & Julian. And I love that they were able to put more depth into Mouth’s character because they not had room for it. I’ll be happy to see them again if that’s the case, but I do love the characters they have now. As for Jake and Karen and the rest of them…let them go. They really would have no place in the story line anymore. I would love to see whitey again just for old time’s sake tho, lol :)

  37. ronnie

    February 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    i would lyk 2 see lucas nd peyton back

  38. Kellie

    February 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I can’t believe that thiss the last season, i watched this show since the first season came out and they are just now putting peyton and lucas back in i thought they mad the show them and nathan and haley with their little boy. its a shame its over they should at least make a couple more with them two in it with their little girl.

  39. deby

    February 26, 2012 at 2:41 am

    I wish peyton die and julian 2 so brooke and lucas get back togetjer that would be an excelent endig omg I would totaly loved that

  40. mariam

    March 4, 2012 at 1:25 am

    I love this show i cant wait to see the ending

  41. Anonymous

    March 29, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    No deby that would suck if peyton and julian die. And it wont happen anyway. I think the saddest part on season nine was Dan’s death, and happiest was Clay, Quinn, and Logan camping together as a family :D

  42. viashima nuella

    April 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    lucas and peyton are one tree hill they have to come back. i cannot wait and please do not end one tree hill it keeps me moving.

  43. kamie

    October 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    I want chad and halarie to come back to otH.but I really wish they were together in real life they are so hot together!

  44. kamie

    October 24, 2012 at 11:03 pm

    I want chad and halarie to come back to otH.

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