Well it finally happened after 187 episodes and nine years, the series finale of One Tree Hill aired this week and it was a great ending to one of my favourite shows.
We saw Brooke, Haley, Nathan and the gang reflecting on the last ten years of their lives, there were flashbacks and flash forwards and everyone ended up in their rightful place.
Written by the shows creator, Mark Schwahn, the final episode, much like the show, was all about growing-up and moving on. We revisited the River Court, where Jamie was practising his jump-shot so he could beat his dad’s scoring record. Nathan, although proud that his son was hoping to follow in his footsteps, sweetly told him the words his dad never said to him: it doesn’t matter what you do as long as you enjoy it.
Brooke and Julian explored the set of his new TV show and we were taken back to the halls of Tree Hill High and Peyton’s bedroom (complete with boyfriend wishlists on the back of the closet door and everything!) where Brooke reminisced about the time spent there. She and her parents opened a new Baker Man store across the street from Karen’s Café and once again she became ‘The Girl Behind The Red Door’ as Julian bought her childhood home so they could give it the family it deserved.
Haley passed her and Lucas’ box of predictions on to Jamie for him to hide his own hopes and dreams for the future. We were also treated to her and Nathan dancing in the rain (Naley forever!).
Mouth was given $500,000 in Dan Scott’s will, with a note ‘what you do matters’. After much soul searching, he decided to use the money to create a scholarship in Jimmy Edwards and Keith’s name - turning the tragedy into something good.
Quinn and Clay had the shortest engagement ever, becoming husband and wife and parents to the Cutest Kid Ever Logan all in one afternoon.
And we also got to say goodbye to TRIC with a final concert celebrating the clubs tenth anniversary, with performances from Chris Keller and a great final rendition of ‘I don’t wanna be’ by Gavin DeGraw
In the final few moments the show flashed forward and everyone was heading to the high school for a basketball game - Jamie’s basketball game. A jersey on the wall told us that his first prediction came true: he beat his dad’s scoring record. Everyone was out in support, Millie was pregnant and (possibly the best news of all) Skills and Bevan were back together (I knew they belonged together!). And life in Tree Hill went on..
One Tree Hill has been a big part of my life, through high school and university. I think Brooke said it best when she said “we did a lot of growing up in here, wishing and dreaming, figuring out who we were going to be”. Thanks for the memories Tree Hill, it’s been great.
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