Hills extended fourth season (its last?) is about “tying up relationships of the past”

The fourth season of The Hills returns sometime in March with some additional episodes, and based upon the trailer that aired after last night’s The City, those episodes will apparently focus on Lauren and Heidi’s reconciliation, and drama with Heidi and Spencer, who punches someone in a bar. And those episodes could signal the end of the show.

At one point, the trailer mentions cast members having “one last chance”: could this be the end of the series? Cast members said the show was renewed for a fifth season, but that may have just referred to these episodes, which MTV insists are part of the fourth season, which ended back in December.

The Los Angeles Times runs down this season’s plot lines, which won’t let actual reality get in their way. The paper notes that “Lauren’s real-life beau, actor Kyle Howard (TBS’ “My Boys”), will not be scripted in, ahem, featured, in the series” because, “according to ‘Hills’ executive producer Liz Gateley, you won’t see Howard because he’s not essential to the season’s narrative.”

That narrative, Gateley said, is a “focus on tying up relationships of the past,” and the paper asks if that “sound[s] omnious,” “[l]ike we might even possibly be heading toward a series finale?”

One added bonus of watching the trailer: Considering how little content and dialogue there is on the actual series, this is probably the majority of the extended season’s content in just over two minutes:

‘The Hills': Exclusive trailer, series returns in late March [Los Angeles Times]

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