Source: Examiner.com
Date: January 6, 2012

White Collar is known for its end of the season cliffhangers, but that doesn’t mean when it returns this January the episode is without more than its share of tense moments. Though series star Matt Bomer told LA TV Insider Examiner that the season wil end on “the biggest cliffhanger we’ve had so far,” we will have to endure some micro-cliffhangers leading up to it, mainly regarding the push/pull for Neal.

“The thing for Neal this season is really going to be ‘Do I stay or do I go?’ That fight or flight thing. I think for the next six episodes that really comes to a head in terms of our relationship, in terms of what Neal’s going to do,” Bomer shared.

Tim DeKay added that it’s not going to be as simple as Neal deciding to cut ties with Mozzie (Willie Garson) and his old ways completely, nor Peter going over to the dark side, so to speak.

“The game’s never over,” DeKay smiled. “I think if one were to go completely to the other side, it’d be like when Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd got in bed.”

Beau Bridges will return to the series, and though other notable guest stars include Joe Manganiello and Dylan Baker, Brdiges may be the character to most keep your eye on, though, as he “becomes more involved in what Neal’s future is really going to be.”

Aside from Bridges, the biggest new presence felt may be a location the guys visit in the second to last episode– an episode directed by DeKay.

“We were the first production to film inside the new Yankee Stadium,” Bomer announced excitedly. “That for me was a moment of– you know, we’ve always been a part, a tiny part of the artistic community over the past three years, but that was the moment I said ‘Oh wow, we’re really a part of the arts in New York’.”

DeKay perhaps put it best, then, when he simply advised White Collar fans to “buckle up; it’s going to be a bumpy ride” when the show returns to USA on January 17th at 10pm.