The last time Hart of Dixie fans saw George Tucker (Scott Porter) things were looking a little bleak. He was heading out of town on tour with a band which should be guaranteed to be a good time, but really all he was really doing was distracting himself from the fact that he was so unlucky in love. We wish we could report some happy news for you, but when we caught up with Porter in Los Angeles, he confirmed that things are still not looking so good for George when the third season opens.
(Unless you mean literally because with slightly longer hair and a mildly scruffy face, the new George we’d all see in the third season premiere on The CW looked good, but it all stemmed from him having a tough time.)
“He’s a little bit bummed out about Bluebell, pretty much in general, so it’s kind of like ‘the search for George Tucker’ in the first episode [back]. Nobody knows where he is; he hasn’t come back off the road; [the tour] is over, but George hasn’t returned,” Porter said.
“He’s still single and [now] angsty…The town needs him back, but they don’t know where the hell he is. You kind of find George holed up somewhere in between bitter and depressed.”
If things have gotten so bad for George, some might say why go back to Bluebell at all. That is the place where these problems started and stemmed, so why not stay on the road or return to New York? Porter pointed out that part of why George is such a mess in the season three premiere is actually because he has been away from Bluebell for so long.
“You’ll see at the end of the episode of season three just exactly why he keeps on coming back: it’s the people; they depend on him, but really at the end of the day, he needs them, too. You see after months and months of not being around them, you see he’s just fallen apart. So he said it in the pilot, and it still rings true, there’s just something there about it; that’s where he’s rooted. And he wants to do good so often and fight for the little guy, and Bluebell is the little guy,” Porter said.
Plus it helps that George has so much history in Bluebell. Even though things went south with Lemon (Jaime King) around their wedding, their relationship is so long-running, it means a lot to George to have her around in his life. But that isn’t to say fans should expect a rekindling or anything in the coming episodes.
“They know each other better than they know anybody else, and just because their relationship didn’t work out doesn’t mean they can’t have a relationship going forward,” Porter said.
“There are things that Lemon can do to motivate George that no one else can do, and there are things that George can do to calm Lemon down and talk sense into her that nobody else can do, and that’s just the way with people trying to figure out how to be friends after 5 years of a relationship.”
On the flip side, though, George is not feeling so nostalgia and happy about things with Zoe (Rachel Bilson).
“He’s still very upset with her, and he’s almost just upset with himself for letting himself get drawn into her craziness again and again,” Porter said.
“She comes back way more stable [in season three], and George comes back very unstable, so it’s interesting to see the flip, and we’ll see how it shakes out this year.”
One way Porter sadly confirmed it will not be shaking out is through much song, though. Despite the fact that he has rocked the mic on Hart of Dixie before (and in many recent movies, most recently the summer hit The To Do List), Porter shared that the show is going to “refocus George a little bit” which means less singing, even those an angsty George may seem to beg for it.
Should things change, though, Porter admitted he’s always up for more singing, and Bluebell certainly has a number of town events coming down the line in the season that might be able to work that in.
Hart of Dixie returns to The CW on October 7 2013 at 8 p.m.
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