'90210' finale: Scoop on the shocking cliffhanger!
Last night’s 90210 finale ended with — what else? — a shocking twist, but what’s even more shocking are the changes coming to West Bev next season. (SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen the episode, do not read on!)
After a season of marijuana addictions (Ivy), Fatal Attraction-style cousins (Annie), and messy affairs (Navid, Silver, and Adrianna), season 3 of 90210 closed with Naomi’s shocking revelation to Max that she’s pregnant. For actress AnnaLynne McCord, who plays the spoiled Queen Bee, getting the season-clinching scene is something she’s used to. “Naomi’s always the last scene of the finale!” she says. “She’s always crying or there’s something traumatic and crazy happening to her.” But even knowing Naomi’s penchant for cliffhanger-making drama, McCord had no idea a baby was in the cards. “I’m like, ‘Really guys? Really? Pregnant? Didn’t we already do this? I’m going to kill you!'” she jokes. “I did not see that coming. I said, ‘I’m not wearing a big baby suit next year!'”
But what happens next year, once all of the show’s major characters move to college, is up for debate now that new showrunners Patti Carr and Lara Olsen now have been hired. One of the changes the cast does know about? Not all of them are coming back. “That’s something we’ve been told,” McCord says. Though she has gotten unofficial word that she’ll be back — what would 90210 be without Naomi Clark? — the fate of her co-stars is less certain. “I think their reasoning for thinking they might slim down the cast is because it might be too much going with having people in different places,” she says. “Obviously, we’re all like a family now. That’s the part that sucks. You’re wondering which one of your sisters or brothers might not be there.” A spokesperson for the show tells EW, “With the recent addition of showrunners Carr and Olsen on the show, it is still too early to determine storylines for next season.”
As for the seemingly safe McCord, the actress sounds conflicted about coming back for another season. “Honestly, after about three years on a show, you’re like, ‘Thank you very much for giving me a step up. Now can I go do movies?'” McCord explains. “We love our job and we love our fans especially, but you’re always ready for that moment when you can break free. I don’t know who’s going to be lucky, the ones who stay or go. We haven’t decided yet.” While McCord enjoys the stability of being a series regular, she does worry about missed opportunities. “Being on a show is awesome. You have guaranteed work, it’s wonderful and the money is great, but at the same time you miss out on projects. There have been several movies I couldn’t do, and I really loved the script and wanted to be a part of them, and it just didn’t happen because I was working on the show. There’s always the ying and yang of it. Am I gonna miss it when it’s gone or do I want to get out because I want to get in? I don’t think any of us have decided which way we prefer it. It’s kind of 50-50.”
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