Ryan meets Amber Holt, Zeek's granddaughter, and the two strike up a friendship. The two are instantly attracted to each, which the rest of the Braverman family notices. Eventually, Amber and Ryan begin dating and are happy. Amber notices that he can be a little violent and impulsive, but she ignores those who say that Ryan is troubled from his time in war. However, near the end of Season 4, Ryan is called back to his base, and he and Amber say goodbye.
In the Season 5 premiere, Ryan comes home to Amber and, upon seeing her, decides to spontaneously propose. She accepts, and the two begin planning their wedding. They reveal the news to Amber's mother, Sarah Braverman, who doesn't like the idea at first, but warms up to it gradually. Initially, Ryan suggests that they just get married at a courthouse, but they ultimately decide that they will get married in front of Amber's family by the lake.
When Amber and Sarah question why Ryan's family won't be attending the wedding, he lies and says that they won't be able to make it. However, it is later discovered that his relationship with his mother is strained, and his father is dead.
After Amber begins working at the Luncheonette with the band, Ashes of Rome, she spends more time there than with Ryan. He feels that she is very distant and not really with him anymore. He decides to re-enlist in the army, and tells Amber, breaking their engagement.
At the end of Season 5, Ryan gets into a car crash while drunk driving. Amber and his mother visit him, and Amber realizes that Ryan never told his mother about their former engagement. Amber and Ryan sleep together before Amber departs.
Ryan is now living in Wyoming with his mother since he has been medically discharged from the army. His house is very small and messy, and it can be assumed that he doesn't do much each day. Amber visits him one day to reveal that she is pregnant with their child. He is thrilled and promises that he will be there for their baby. Amber is tempted to stay in Wyoming and take care of Ryan, but she decides that it is not best for the baby.
In the series finale's flash forward scene, Ryan is seen coming into Amber and Amber's husband's house. Ryan is bringing their son, Zeek Holt, home, while he and Amber are on friendly terms.
- Lauria is one of the nine "Friday Night Lights" cast members to star on "Parenthood." The eight others are Michael B. Jordan (Alex), Minka Kelly (Gaby), Scott Porter (Peter), Derek Phillips (Billy), Sam Jaeger (Joel Graham), Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Heather), Jeff Rosick (student), and Angela Rawana (therapist).
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