'One Tree Hill's' James Lafferty on Dan Scott's return: 'Dan is no longer a danger'

oth-lafferty-johansson.pngWhen "One Tree Hill" last saw Dan Scott ( Paul Johansson), he was a successful TV "motivational speaker"... who divorced his wife and gave all his money to charity when he had a personal epiphany.

Apparently, being broke hasn't treated him too well. When "OTH's" King Psycho appears in Tuesday's (Nov. 30) episode, he's working a gas station convenience store grill outside of town. Quinn, plagued by the woman who shot her and Clay and nearly killed them, is looking to get closure... and maybe some revenge, so she goes to talk to Dan about a topic he's too familiar with: murder.

The real question is whether or not Dan will see his son, Nathan ( James Lafferty), again.

"I think there's a certain amount of closure that Nathan has with Dan," Lafferty tells Zap2it. "That closure came a lot through Jamie and finally allowing Jamie to spend time with Dan."

Longtime fans of the show remember that Dan Scott shot and killed his brother Keith, blaming it on a troubled teenager who brought a gun to school. Nathan has understandably never been able to forgive his father, but he's come to terms with their past.

"He's never going to forgive Dan for what he's done, but at the same time he knows that Dan has repented a certain amount, and he recognizes that Dan is no longer a danger," Lafferty explains. The clip below affirms his sentiment -- it's hard to believe that the disheveled, forlorn man we see here was once the murderous mayor of Tree Hill.

Despite the closure, don't expect Dan to be invited to any Scott family dinners any time this century. "There's always going to be that distance," says Lafferty. "They're never going to be a happy family, obviously."



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