THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR “ONE TREE HILL,” THE SERIES FINALE EPISODE OF “ONE TREE HILL.”
The time has come. We’ve all anticipated it while openly dreading it. Nine years of the lives of some have been dedicated to this.
It’s only a TV show.
But yet, it’s not. We grew and matured with the characters. Their trials helped us get through some of our own. Last night, it all ended.
It was clear yesterday that One Tree Hill fans all around the world were very aware and anxious about the upcoming series finale. Around 1-2 p.m. EDT, three One Tree Hill-related topics were trending worldwide on Twitter: We Love One Tree Hill; Tree Hill is Home, and; Thank You Mark [Schwahn, the creator of One Tree Hill].
Thank you, Mark. Thank you for the wonderful television series you’ve given us. Thank you for the stories that paralleled ours. Thank you for giving us characters to love and with whom to grow.
Thank you to the cast, as well. Your dedication to the show has really shined this whole time.
The two-hour series finale started with a tribute and look back on the past nine seasons, perfect for making fans cry as if they weren’t already struggling enough with the goodbye.
The actual episode started around 8:50 and featured around the 10th anniversary of Tric. Haley’s opening lines were to the crowd at Tric, but felt as though they were a message from the cast and crew to all the fans around the world, with a thanks for support and saying that without the crowd [audience], they wouldn’t have made it this far, and that the time that they at Tric and the crowd [cast and crew and audience] had spent together was amazing.
The series finale was everything anyone could have hoped it would be. Clay and Quinn officially adopted Logan. Their conversation about it was simply adorable. Clay asked Logan if he wanted Clay to be his dad again, and Logan responded “But you’re already my dad, Dad!” When Clay and Quinn went to sign the adoption papers for Logan, they met a women who said that the person they needed to speak with would be back in an hour. That woman was the surprising One Tree Hill veteran Bevin, who casually mentioned that she was married once, but she hated her husband, so they got divorced. Clay and Quinn then tried to find something to do for an hour, and while Clay and Logan walked away, Quinn stood back to call Haley to discuss wedding plans. While Quinn was on the phone, Logan turned around and said “Mom, are you coming?” I have to say, Logan calling Quinn “Mom” stole the thunder from Clay getting called Dad–probably because Clay was his real dad, and Quinn was just going to legally be his stepmom (or adoptive mom, I guess)–though his biological mother died when he was a baby, so he didn’t really have a “real” mom that he knew. During that hour, Quinn and Clay got married as well. When Clay asked if she was sure she didn’t want a big wedding, she just said that she wanted to be his wife before they adopted their son.
Mouth received $500, 000 from Dan Scott’s will with a cryptic note: What you do matters. Mouth used this money to open the Edwards Scott memorial fund for Jimmy Edwards and Keith Scott.
Brooke opened a store, Bakerman, across the street from Karen’s Cafe (where Tree Hill Cafe had been located most of the season). Her parents finally loved and cared about her for who she was, not for her money. Julian started production for his show based on Lucas’s book–basically, a show about One Tree Hill.
Haley revealed to Jamie the secret predictions she and Lucas had kept on the roof of the Cafe, and told Jamie it was his secret now, and to only make predictions that he knew had a good chance of coming true. He said, “I’m gonna beat Dad’s scoring record.” Even though he and Nathan had a discussion in the beginning of the episode during which Nathan told Jamie he needed to play sports for himself, not for anyone else, it seemed that is what Jamie wanted. So he began to write.
The show spent most of the time between the 10th anniversary of Tric and flashbacks throughout the time surrounding the Tric event.
After Gavin DeGraw performed “I Don’t Want To Be” as the final song at Tric, during which all the cast members sang along, it showed Haley rushing out of Karen’s Cafe, to Nathan who told her to hurry up. “I’m nervous,” she said. “Why am I nervous?” “Because you’re always nervous,” Nathan replied. They closed up the shop, and saw Brooke and Julian closing Bakerman at the same time. “We’ll see you there,” they said to each other.
The next shot showed the gang filing into the bleachers, all looking happy and excited. They waved at some children at the other end of the bleachers. Millicent stepped onto the bleachers with a very pregnant belly–the first real indication that this wasn’t in the same time as Tric’s 10th anniversary. Bevin and Skills looked a bit cozy together–just like old times. The camera panned to the wall. A jersey. No. 23. All-time leading scorer, Nathan Scott. Next to it, a jersey. No. 12. All-time leading scorer, Jamie Scott. Ravens cheerleaders cheered, as the basketball team ran out of the locker room. Despite the silence, the cast mouthed their cheers. “Whooo!” “Go Jamie!” The basketball team left the locker room, one by one, running onto the court. The camera panned to follow them out instead of watch them enter. The last boy. A tall, blonde boy. A name on the Jersey.