If you tuned in to season 5 of One Tree Hill you probably had your fill of the love rectangle between Lucas, Brooke, Peyton and Lindsey. Much of the season was devoted to Lucas attempting to decide between married life with Lindsey or rekindling his past with Peyton (Hilarie Burton), but Brooke’s baby mama drama also had an impact on him in the last few episodes. The season ended with Lucas calling one member of the trio and inviting her to Las Vegas for a quickie wedding. Who he called remains a mystery, but I think most fans assume that it probably wasn’t Lindsey. After all, actress Michaela McManus is but a guest star.
Much to the dismay of those of us who are a bit tired of the love square, creator Mark Schwahn recently confirmed in an interview with The CW Source that Lindsey is sticking around for season 6. Could she be the one who received the fateful phone call from Lucas?
When asked about Lindsey’s involvement in the future of the series, Schwahn said, “The truth is, we do know some things about season 6, and chances are good that she ain’t going anywhere. I can’t tell you in what capacity. That could be one episode, it could be more than one episode. But I have a feeling that Lindsey is pretty interwoven into this whole love triangle, now a love rectangle basically. The thing is, Michaela is such an awesome person, and she’s doing such a great job that we’d be silly to part ways.”
Though Schwahn teases that the character could be returning for only one episode, his affection for McManus makes it seem like she’ll stick around much longer. I personally feel that Lindsey’s character stopped having a purpose the instant she ran out on Lucas (Chad Michael Murray) at the wedding, so what could she possibly add to season 6 of the series? The only way I can see to keep her involved in the antics of the Tree Hill gang is to have her marry Lucas. This would allow Schwahn and his writers to prolong the love square indefinitely, which I think is a terrible idea.
Schwahn also had some thoughts on the burgeoning relationship between Lucas and Brooke (Sophia Bush). “Now that the kids are in their twenties, it’s not necessarily just ‘Are they gonna date? Are they gonna hook up? Who’s romantically involved?’ There’s more to it than that,” he pointed out. “I think if you look at the Brooke/Lucas story line that we’ve done in the last six episodes there’s a lot more going on than just ‘Are they gonna kiss? Are they gonna be together?’ I think that’s what’s great about when you’ve been friends with someone for a really long time, when you genuinely love them, whether it’s romantic or not, you can impact their lives in so many ways.”
If I were to read between the lines of Schwahn’s statement, I would think he was telling Brucas fans that a romance between the two isn’t in the cards. It sounds like they’ll continue to have a positive influence in each other’s lives, but that may not lead to love and marriage. Of course, I could be completely wrong. Maybe Schwahn is leading us toward plenty of sexy Brucas shenanigans in season 6 and is just trying to throw us off.
Fans will find out who Lucas called when One Tree Hill returns for its sixth season in the fall. Until then, all we can do is hope that it wasn’t Lindsey.
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: The CW Source
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