All the WTF Fan Theories That’ll Make You Freak Out About One Tree Hill

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One Tree Hill will probably go down as one of the most unrealistic teen television dramas of all time. Not only was it full of bad lessons — like getting married in high school is a great idea and if you cheat on your boyfriend/girlfriend, everyone will get over it shortly after — it was totally bizarre. (Remember when Dan’s new heart was taken… by a dog?! ’cause, yeah, that happened.)

Nevertheless, we can’t help but look at it (particularly Nathan Scott) with fondness. That’s why we went on a mission to find out all the fan theories surrounding the WB-turned-CW TV series. And, boy, are they really… somethin’:

1. Season 9 = Hell. Like, literal HELL. “There was an ominous undercurrent to everything that happened,” said one TV critic after the S9 premiere. “The opening montage of tragedies, the open doors, the constant references to devils and sleep, the isolation of the characters, it all created a mood of foreboding.”

This, to him, begged the questions, “What if the final season of One Tree Hill isn’t entirely real? What if the show is literally in Hell, as Nathan’s opening narration suggested, or just some strange metaphysical limbo akin to Lost‘s final season’s flash-sideways?” Whoa.

2. Dan Scott had another illegitimate child: Chris Keller. There’s a Reddit user who believes that Lucas isn’t Dan’s only child born out of wedlock. “Chris pursued Haley to mess with Nathan and slept with Brooke to do the same to Lucas,” the user pointed out. “But maybe finally meeting Dan made him decide to stop (playing with the half-brothers). ”

“Also when [Chris] met Dan,” the user continued. “Dan said he reminded him of himself and made a joke asking if he knew his mother.” Hmm…

3. Jamie is Lucas’ kid, not Nathan’s. Even Chad Michael Murray couldn’t look past the likenesses between Jackson Brundage and himself! He said during an interview, “I have always said, ‘Dude, that’s my kid. Where the hell was I 10 years ago?'” Haley, working her way through the Scott brothers.

The One Tree Hill gang is far from innocent. Here are at least six characters who cheated on their significant other:


One of the best greatest TV love triangles of all time was the Peyton-Lucas-Brooke triangle of the early to mid-'00s.

Basically, Lucas wanted Peyton, but Peyton was scared of being with Lucas, so, instead, Lucas started dating her best friend, Brooke. However, that doesn't stop Peyton & Lucas' feelings for each other... so they totally hooked up, regardless of his relationship status. Then Brooke found out and hated both of them, yadda yadda.

Fast forward a little bit, and Brooke gives Lucas another chance. Things were going well until, lo and behold, he kisses Peyton again. Sure, she was on the verge of dying, but he was still taken, so no bueno.

And don't think that being engaged would change the game for Lucas. When he's in a full-blown, nearly-married relationship with Lindsey, he cheats on her, too, with — you guessed it — Peyton. It's a good thing Lucas & Peyton end up married 'cause he'd prob just keep cheating on people with her anyway.

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There were plenty of close calls in Nathan's relationship with Haley. He was this close to hooking up with her sister, Taylor, but came to his senses before doing the deed, and was blindsided by a kiss from Nanny Carrie. (Crazy b*tch.)

When it came to Nathan's relationship with Peyton, however, there was more than enough evidence of his cheating ways — and that's not even including the sex tape he made with Brooke, 'cause he and Peyton had just broken up right before that happened. If you think back to Season 1, Dan once caught Nathan in the bathroom with a rando chick who was certainly NOT his GF during his pierced-nipple stage.

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We don't know WTF Haley was thinking, nearly sabotaging her marriage. Chris Keller was NOTHING compared to Nathan. Like, we get that she wanted to make music and tour, but she could've invited her hot husband along for the ride rather than kiss whatshisface. We're so glad she finally came to her senses.

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Nathan's mama did plenty of questionable things, including bidding on Tim at the annual BoyToy Auction... but at least they didn't hook up. She did, however, hook up with Keith, who just so happened to be estranged husband Dan's brother. Yikes!

Dan eventually got his revenge, murdering Keith in the school hallway.

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Brooke's relationship with Nick was doomed from the start, with her lying to him about her age, following Rachel's lead and saying she's 23. (He finds out the truth when he shows up at her school... as the new English teacher!)

Their secret relationship was going well in Brooke's head... until she caught him with one of her models.

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Guess Chris Keller got what was coming to him, considering he got Haley to cheat on Nathan, 'cause his girlfriend, Tara, totally cheated on him! Though she was officially dating Chris, she couldn't help hooking up Chase.

FUN FACT: The actors who portrayed Tara and Chase, Chelsea Kane and Stephen Colletti, respectively, dated for 2 years!

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