'90210' returns Tuesday with departure rumors, a Dylan imposter & a couple dying relationships

Dustinmilligan "90210" finally returns tonight after a seven week break and since the West Bev population has been MIA for so long, I figured we should talk about what's coming up. Your questions, my answers...

Korbi, Is it true about Ethan leaving "90210"? -Caterina
Though the network and studio aren't confirming anything, it seems Dustin Milligan will indeed be stripped of his series regular status come next season. I recently spoke with him on set and he said that Ethan's sort of searching right now, becoming more introspective. I got the feeling that Ethan's quest for meaning may be what ultimately takes him out of the picture. Perhaps Beverly Hills isn't the best place to grow and gain character?

I don't understand why Dustin Milligan would want to leave "90210" now. Does he have another show lined up? -Alice
I don't think leaving the show was really Dustin's decision. Word is, he was not thrilled to get his walking papers from new exec producer Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair.

Are Annie and Ethan done now? -Steph
Not yet. They start tonight's episode as a couple... that's not really talking. But by the end of the hour, Annie will be laying on the hood of a car up at make out point with some other dude.

Mattlanter So this kid Liam is supposed to be the new Dylan McKay? I don't see it. Dylan is Dylan. The guy would have to be pretty special to be compared to the great McKay -Christa
Shenae Grimes (Annie), who is the only regular cast member that knows the original "90210" well, was skeptical about this Liam is the new Dylan business too. She told me she wasn't buying it at first, but after seeing Matt Lanter work, she changed her mind. Me? After seeing this evening's hour, I'm still not convinced, but I'll give it some time. He doesn't have to be Dylan reincarnated, I just need him to be interesting, worthy of our attention, you know?

I remember you saying that Liam is going to have relationships with both Naomi and Annie. Is that still the plan? -Kate
Naomi will fall hard for this dude right from the start. And though he completely blows her off tonight and doesn't seem at all interested, she will win him over. I think he may even be taking her to the prom in May. His relationship with Annie, however, will build slowly. Shenae said Liam sort of challenges Annie. He doesn't believe that she's really as nice and sweet as she tries to come off. I guess he antagonizes her a bit and it sounds like the whole dynamic just reeks of sexual tension.

Korbi, Can you just tell us which long running "90210" couple will break up for good by next season? It's gotta be Silver and Dixon, but not knowing for sure is driving me crazy. -Deanna
All I can say is Silver and Dixon are definitely in for more difficult times. As I first told you back in January, Silver is about to suffer a mental breakdown and her issues with Dixon will set off a major episode tonight. I'll speak plainly, the girl done lost her mind.

Michaelsteger Any news on my favorite "90210" character Navid? -Penn
I don't think he appears in this evening's new episode, actually. If he does, it's briefly. But he'll be back in a big way soon, don't worry. Like I said before, he and Adrianna are not done.

I am, however, done talking "90210" for today... unless you guys want to get a discussion going in the comments section. Anyone?