By James Hibberd
Updated August 29, 2011 at 05:59 PM EDT
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It’s official: Chad Michael Murray is returning to One Tree Hill.

He will make a guest appearance in the show’s final season, as has long been expected. Murray’s character Lucas was last seen driving off into the sunset with his wife Peyton (Hilarie Burton) and their new baby, Sawyer. Lucas returns to Tree Hill after Haley (Bethany Joy Galeotti) reaches out to him for help.

Production on the show was temporarily disrupted last week due to the hurricane. The show’s final season has lined up a slew of guest stars and returning favorites for its send-off, like Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane and vets Paul Johansson and Tyler Hilton. The show has even cast somebody to play a hitman.