Days after One Tree Hill fans unexpectedly found themselves saying goodbye to Quentin, TVGuide.com caught up with Robbie Jones to find out that, yes, the head case turned good guy may be gone, but he shall not be forgotten. — Matt Mitovich
TVGuide.com: How did you learn that Q would be killed off?
Robbie Jones: I was talking to [OTH creator] Mark [Schwahn] probably four or five months ago, and he told me what was going to happen. Of course it was a shocker, but I understood where he was coming from. I always respect his vision.
TVGuide.com: Did he tell you why he was doing this?
Jones: It was something he thought would have a big effect on the viewers and on each character on the show. It would be unexpected and give everyone a strong storyline, as the result of something so impactful and tragic.
TVGuide.com: Did you enjoy Q’s journey?
Jones: Of course. To start off as such an arrogant type who nobody liked then turn the corner to where he’s Jamie’s best friend, Nathan’s inspiration, Haley’s “mission” student… that was great.
TVGuide.com: The readers of our recap blog were pretty devastated.
Jones: Yeah, I’ve been getting a whole lot of responses and comments…. It’s crazy to see the outpouring of support.
TVGuide.com: Then again, the episode sort of telegraphed Q’s death, short of giving him the nickname “Dead Meat.”
Jones: Right, you could see it coming. Rumors were out there, and when you saw the storyline developing, you’re like, “Oh my gosh, it’s coming.” [Laughs]
TVGuide.com: But we have not seen the last of Q, I understand.
Jones: We will be seeing some more of Quentin in the future, yes.
TVGuide.com: Will it be in some ghostly capacity…?
Jones: Actually, I really don’t even know. There are things I am not necessarily privy to. I would just say to stay tuned. There’s going to be a lot of cool stuff happening.
TVGuide.com: Who were your best buds on the cast?
Jones: I hang out with Antwon [Tanner] a lot, James [Lafferty], Sophia [Bush] sometimes…. It’s a big family and they’ve been together for so long, so I didn’t know what to expect [when I joined OTH], but they all embraced me with open arms, man. From Paul Johansson all the way to Mark Schwahn.
Jones can also be seen in the December film Hurricane Season, starring Forest Whitaker and Isaiah Washington.