It was the twist on The O.C. that was never expected. But true fans of the drama series will never quite etch out the image of Ryan Atwood (played by Ben McKenzie) walking through a fiery backdrop with love interest Marissa Cooper (played by Mischa Barton) in his arms. Unfortunately the show – literally and figuratively – could not recover and ended after four seasons.
The series creator, Josh Schwartz, has admitted that he regrets killing off the character upon speaking with cast member Rachel Bilson in an Instagram live. As one user asked if he had regretted the decision, his answer was quick and sharp: “Yes.” He was then asked to explain “why” by another fan.
“You know, it upset a lot of people in a way that the show was designed to bring pleasure,” Schwartz reflected. “And it was very final in the way that we could never resolve it. It was a decision that was made for a lot of reasons that seemed like informed reasons at the time and then over time you know…”
More revelations and throwback moments will arrive via Bilson’s new podcast, Welcome To The O.C., Bitches. The actress who plays Summer Roberts in the series is joined by Melinda Clarke who plays Julie Cooper within The O.C. The duo will watch back the episodes in chronological order and reflect on the making of it.
The first episode was released this week and looks back on the famed pilot and Schwartz’s inspiration for the character dynamics.
Schwartz is best known for his work on The O.C. as well as Gossip Girl, The Carrie Diaries, Hart of Dixie and Looking For Alaska. He will also serve as the executive producer for the highly-anticipated reboot of Gossip Girl.
This isn’t the first time the producer has revealed on-set secrets. In the past he also admitted that Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf’s steamy romance was not originally in the script.