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Why not? I wanna experience things I've never experienced before. Take a risk for a change
—Ethan Ward[src]
Ethan Ward is a main character in Season 1 of CW teen soap 90210. He is portrayed by Dustin Milligan.

Character

Ethan is a lacrosse star and top athlete of West Beverly Hills High. He has a brother who is autistic. He dates Naomi, although the pair break up several times before ending their relationship permanently. That led to dating Annie behind Naomi's back, which eventually is revealed. He went out with Annie for a while, but after getting into a car crash the two became uninterested in each other and kept arguing. He then moves to live with his dad. He kissed Silver at the last time he was on the show and last day in Beverly Hills.

Series

Ethan is introduced as a lacrosse star and top athlete at West Beverly Hills High. He and Dixon are rivals at first, but eventually become friends. He is dating Naomi Clark, but we quickly learn that he is cheating on her. The pair break up and reconcile multiple times, until Ethan starts pursuing Annie Wilson, whom he met and kissed two summers ago. Ethan and Annie eventually start dating[1], despite the complications it bears for Annie and Naomi's friendship. Ethan seems to carry traits of Dylan McKay from the original series since he dated both Annie and Naomi, just like Dylan, dated both Kelly and Brenda.
Ethan Annie
Ethan is later involved in a car accident.[2] Ethan's self-absorption is revealed when he does not recognize Rhonda, the girl in the other car, even though they are in the same French class. He befriends Rhonda in an attempt to reform. When he overhears Annie presenting Rhonda's painful story as her own, he becomes angry and spends the Valentine's dance with Rhonda.[3] However, when Rhonda attempts to kiss Ethan, he refuses her and clarifies that he is still going out with Annie. Ethan and Annie finally break up after agreeing that all their relationship has become is a constant fight. Even though Ethan confirms to Annie that he believes that he and Rhonda had a connection, he also says that he is not going to date her, instead taking time for himself. Over the past few episodes, Ethan has been developing a friendship with Liam, which has had a negative influence on Ethan's good guy image. Naomi's older sister Jen reveals that Ethan lost his virginity to her and not to Naomi or implying that he dated her before dating Naomi, but promises to keep it a secret.[4]

It is hinted that Ethan may have feelings for Silver.[5] Dixon starts to suspect Ethan's romantic interest in Silver and later confronts him about it. Dixon forces Ethan to reveal that he does like Silver front of her, after which Ethan leaves. Silver runs after him and questions him about his revelation. She tells Ethan that he is one of her best friends, and that is them, just friends. Ethan responds by kissing her and making it clear that he doesn't want to be just friends. After the kiss, Ethan points out that Silver ran after him and not Dixon.[6] Ethan texts Silver from Montana to tell her he didn't regret their kiss and is staying in Montana with his dad but the hardest part was leaving her.[7] Dixon finds out about the text from Teddy Montgomery since Teddy accidentally found Silver's phone on the beach where she dropped it. It is revealed that Ethan and Silver have been texting each other. This upsets Dixon and causes him to end things with Silver. Naomi mentions Ethan in Annie's dream, but only as her boyfriend who cheated on her.[8] Ethan never returns to visit Beverly Hills between Spring 2009 and Spring 2013.

Romances

Naomi Clark

At the start of the show, Ethan was cheating on Naomi, his girlfriend. They break up and reconcile until he decided he didn't want Naomi anymore.

Annie Wilson

Main page: Ethan and Annie

Ethan meet Annie in the summer of 2006 through their grandmothers, who are good friends. They have an instant connection and kiss. When Annie moves to Beverly Hills and meets Ethan again, she's curious about her feelings for the boy she kissed two summers ago, but shocked to find him unhappy and cheating on his girlfriend. Ethan seems to liven up at the reappearance of Annie in his life and clearly has feelings for her, which is complicated by Annie's friendship with Naomi. After Annie's brief fling with Ty, she and Ethan become closer and eventually get together, deciding to tell Naomi of their relationship. Following Ethan's car accident and his increasing closeness with Rhonda, Annie becomes jealous and they start fighthing. They break up once they realize that all their relationship has become is a constant fight, but stay friends afterwards.

Silver

He had a crush on Silver. He kissed her at the after-prom party in One One Party Can Run Your Whole Summer. In To New Beginnings!, Ethan texted Silver from Montana to tell her he didn't regret their kiss and was staying in Montana with family. Sadly, he left the show soon after that.

Trivia

  • At the end of the episode "The Dionysian Debacle", Naomi's older sister Jen reveals that Ethan lost his virginity to her and not to Naomi or implying that he dated her before dating Naomi
  • He has an older brother who has obsessive compulsive disorder.
  • He plays lacrosse.
  • His first and last scenes involved him somehow cheating.
    • He is seen with an unknown girl in the Pilot.
    • Although he is not in a relationship, in his last scene he kisses Silver knowing she is dating Dixon
  • He was the first character to be involved in a car accident.  The second being Adrianna, the third being Liam then Dixon.
  • He was the first person out of his friends to lose his virginity
  • Annie Wilson almost lost her virginity to Ethan, but he decided he did not have feelings for her.

Photos

Ethan Ward/Gallery

Notes and references

  1. There's No Place Like Homecoming
  2. By Accident
  3. Of Heartbreaks and Hotels
  4. The Dionysian Debacle
  5. Zero Tolerance
  6. One Party Can Ruin Your Whole Summer
  7. To New Beginnings!
  8. We're Not Not in Kansas Anymore

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