One Tree Hill Creator Previews New Season: Love Triangles, Realism Ahead

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The new season of One Tree Hill will focus on the names and faces long-time viewers have focused on since the beginning.

So promises creator Mark Schwan, who spoke to TV Guide this week about the series - whose eighth season kicks off tonight! - and previewed events and development ahead. Warning: spoilers to come...

Good news for Brooke and Julian fans: "Last year we threw a wrench into that [relationship], but they overcame that and I want to respect the fact that they did. So whatever obstacles befall Brooke in Season 8... [she'll] face those with Julian by her side."

Julian and Brooke Photo

A love triangle for Alex: "She took an interest in Chase at the end of the year... "The Chase-Alex-Mia situation is front and center at the beginning of the season," Schwan says.

Realism on One Tree Hill?!? Believe it. "We have a very 20-something audience, and when you look at [their] world, it's a bit of a struggle economically." For example, regarding the addition of Sharon Lawrence as Julian's mom: "A girl who has a potential in-law she has to meet and hopefully get along with right away? That made a lot of sense to me. It's something that's relatable and that's where we'd like it to live as opposed to her coming to town and kidnapping someone."

Schwan also won't rule out a return from Lucas and Peyton. Remember: TV Fanatic will cover every episode of this show in depth, complete with the latest One Tree Hill quotes, music and more!

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One Tree Hill Quotes

Remember tonight, for it is the beginning of always. A promise, like a reward for persisting through life so long alone. A belief in each other and the possibility of love. A decision to ignore simply rise above the pain in the past. A covenant, which at once binds two souls and yet severs prior ties. The celebration of the chance taken and the challenge that lies ahead. For two will always be stronger than one. Like a team braced against the tempests of the world. And love will always be the guiding force in our lives. For tonight is mere formality. Only an announcement to the world of feelings long held, promises made long ago in the sacred space in our hearts.


Lucas: Peyton! It's you.
Peyton: What?
Lucas: When all my dreams come true, the one I want next to me. It's you. It's you Peyton.