Hilarieburton We know Hilarie Burton will not return to "One Tree Hill" as a series regular next season, but is it possible Peyton may pop back up on the show again?

Burton's answer: "Never say never."

In an interview with EW.com's Michael Ausiello, Hilarie makes it clear that reports of behind-the-scenes turmoil and contract negotiation drama were greatly exaggerated and that she leaves the show feeling very lucky to have been a part of it.

Burton even stated that "everyone was kind of agreeable about the situation" and because — spoiler alert — the writers didn't kill Lucas or Peyton off, an occasional guest appearance is still a possibility.

She also mentioned that she's keeping her business down in North Carolina — where the show shoots — so she'll be in the neighborhood.

So, you know, I'd say the return of Peyton at some point next year is more than possible.

Having met Hilarie Burton a couple times and seeing first hand how much she cares about "OTH," I'd say Peyton stopping by Tree Hill again is probable. But that's just my prediction…

What do you think?

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