Things were not looking so good for George (Scott Porter), last we left him on Hart of Dixie. After calling off his wedding to Lemon (Jaime King) (for good?), he ended up on Zoe’s (Rachel Bilson) doorstep…a few minutes after she slept with Wade (Wilson Bethel). What the heck, man? Everyone’s betraying the “golden boy” of Bluebell!
“Zoe is unable to keep a very strong poker face, so it comes out pretty rapidly– the events of everything– so you’re definitely going to see George and Wade’s relationship become strained. Even though they are such good friends, and they want to put the awkward situation aside, they’re going to come to blows literally and figuratively, and their friendship is going to take a little bit of a beating,” Porter previewed the second season premiere when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him at the TCAs in Los Angeles.
George may have some moments of solitude coming up– as he goes off and tries to figure out who he is as a single man– but they are ones of wallowing or “woe is me,” per Porter.
“He’s going to be a bit of an underdog, which is a nice place to play from,” Porter admitted.
“He’s not going to stop living because of this, but at the same time, he is going to take a step back and just kind of survey the land and say ‘What is it I need to do now? I’ve already gone to New York; I’ve done everything I’ve needed to do.’ And he did it trying to impress his dad or trying to impress whoever, but he’s going to keep working. He has a really big heart, and he’s going to keep trying to help people even though he’s been hurt.”
That being said, Porter admitted it’s hard to make such a nice guy character “pivotal” on a show, but since he has lost the “shackles” of his relationship to Lemon, season two opens George up in a lot of new, fun ways not unlike how we saw him let loose in the New Orleans episode of season one.
“We’re going to see different sides of George this year. We’re going to see him find out things he likes about himself and things he doesn’t like about himself because when you’re single and alone, that’s when you find all that out. That’s going to be George, at least for the first half of the season,” Porter said.
“George’s fault is that he’s too selfless, almost. He never wants to hurt anybody, so he lets things fester, and he lets it ride until it blows up almost like it did in the finale. That’s his fault. That wedding is ultimately his fault.”
Season two starts with George ultimately looking to move on from all of the events that have recently transpired, and Porter admitted he goes a little crazy in his attempt to “purge” all of the negative things from his life.
“His reputation is going to be a little bit tarnished, and he’s going to have to fight back,” Porter previewed. “But George is going to get a new place to live, which is really exciting…I think we’ll see it premiere in episode three. That’s George letting his life spiral out of control a little bit. He gets out of Bluebell for a little bit; he doesn’t want to have anything to do with it.”
And with a new bachelor pad that Porter called “scrumpy” and “messy,” does that mean a new slew of women to bring back to said pad? Porter said that it hasn’t been on the script page yet, but it has to be coming soon, right? New season, new complications!
“I believe that we’ll probably see George get involved with somebody outside of who we’ve already seen. That’s my hope anyway!”
Hart of Dixie returns to The CW on October 2nd 2012 at 8 p.m.
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