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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 reconcile multiple times, until he starts persuing Annie Wilson, a girl he met and kissed her two summers before. But, he doesn't become Annie's boyfriend until There Is No Place Like Homecoming. 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
In "By Accident" he is involved in a car accident. 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. 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 his good boy image. 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, but promises to keep it a secret.

In "Zero Tolerance" it is hinted that Ethan may have feelings for Silver. In the season finale Dixon started to notice Ethan's interest to Silver and later confronts him about it. Dixon forces Ethan to reveal that he does like Silver front of her, Ethan left the couple alone after his confession. Silver, later, runs and catches up to him and questioned him about his revelation. She told Ethan that he was one of her best friends, and that was them, just friends. Ethan responded 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. 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.[1] 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 ditch Silver.

Romances

Jen Clark

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, but promises to keep it a secret.

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 met Annie two summers before the pilot. Ethan's grandmother is friend's with Annie's grandmother Tabitha. He doesn't become Annie's boyfriend until There Is No Place Like Homecoming. In "By Accident" he is involved in a car accident. 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.They broke up when they realized that all their relationship has become is a constant fight.

Erin 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

  • 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 was not in a relationship, in his last scene he kisses Silver, while she was still 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 the emotional feelings for her.

Photos

Ethan Ward/Gallery

Notes and references

  1. To New Beginnings!

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