'One Tree Hill' Season 9 exclusive: James Lafferty returns for series finale

james-lafferty-oth.jpg"One Tree Hill" has had plenty of comings and goings over the years -- as is to be expected for a show that lasts nine seasons. This year, series veteran James Lafferty's role in the show was reduced, leaving it up in the air as to whether he'd appear in the series finale.

Zap2it can now exclusively report that Lafferty has reached a deal with the studio and will be returning to North Carolina to be part of the final episode of the series.

YAY! Ahem.

Due to Lafferty's reduced role this year, his scenes for the entire season were pre-written. He was able to shoot all of his scenes in a four-week block over the summer to free up time for other projects and commitments.

At that time, he did not film any scenes for the series finale, leaving us hanging as to whether or not we would even see Nathan in the last episode of the series. As long-time fans of the show, we're thrilled (and, frankly, relieved) that Nathan, Haley, Brooke, and the rest of the gang will be together one last time before we say goodbye. The finale will shoot in early November.

Though his character will be MIA for a portion of the season, Nathan remains an integral part of the storyline, and we're hearing that fans of Nathan and Haley's relationship can look forward to plenty of shared scenes between Lafferty and Bethany Joy Galeotti.

"One Tree Hill" is expected to return to The CW in January, 2012 for an emotional 13-episode final season.


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