One Tree Hill Series Finale Review: There Is Only One...

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Even after the 45 minutes of interviews and clips highlighting the best moments of all nine seasons, the aptly titled "One Tree Hill" took us all down memory lane once again with callbacks to moments, locations, and characters of the past in last-ever episode of this classic drama.

Everything wrapped up in a tight little bow in the series finale of One Tree Hill, and I'm perfectly fine with that. It is certainly better than the adverse, where the audience is left in the balance, not having any idea what is going to happen to the characters it fell in love with.

That definitely wasn't the case with this ending, as we know exactly what Brooke, Nathan, Haley, Mouth, and the rest of the gang will be up to for the rest of their adult lives.  They will be living out the happy and the sad moments in this town... this place that they still look at ever so fondly.

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Things have come full circle on One Tree Hill. It all began with a majority of these characters living in this town as kids. Those that have stuck around are now grown, and have kids of their own. The difference – and one of the best takeaways from the series in general – is that they have all learned from not only their own mistakes, but the mistakes of their parents.

They weren't all as terrible as Dan Scott, but most of the adult figures in these characters' lives had their issues. Highlighted by Nathan's speech to Jamie about being able to live his life however he wants to, THESE parents are going to be different. This generation of Tree Hill moms and dads is going to be loving. They're going to be inspiring.

The whole thing might have been a little too over-the-top happily ever after, but it seemed like that was their plan after wrapping up the dark and twisted kidnapping story line a few weeks ago. I mean, there had to be one major life-threatening event that took the town by storm before they all could enjoy themselves for the rest of time. It wouldn't be OTH otherwise.

Are we supposed to believe it is all roses and chocolates from here on out for these people, though? I can't imagine why. After all, a lot of tragedy does occur in this town. The ever so present happy ending, however, does give off that feeling that even when the lumps come at these people, they will take it in stride, and overcome.  That's what nine seasons has proven to us.

While the macro side of "One Tree Hill" was more about celebrating and moving forward, the micro was still about wrapping up the final chapter for each of these characters.

As should be the case, given what these two have meant to the show over the years, Nathan and Haley were given one of the best send offs. They called back to their first moment, as Nathan once again gave Haley a bracelet out of a Cracker Jacks box and the two engaged in one final romp in the rain before skipping ahead some years to Jamie's basketball game.

Brooke, maybe the heart and soul of this series, was given a similarly fantastic ending. Her parents are finally there for her, she is getting to run her own company again, this time set up right across the street from Karen's Cafe instead of in it, and her man gave her a dream home. Sure, it was her old childhood home, but it answered everyone's dream that Brooke remain "the girl behind the red door" forever.

Clay and Quinn getting married and adopting Logan, Chris Keller signing with Red Bedroom Records, and Chase becoming owner of Tric, were all nice stories, but didn't carry nearly the amount of weight as the first two did, and rightfully so. Those characters weren't nearly as important to the series as Nathan, Haley, and Brooke.

The one send off that seemed like it was supposed to be carrying a good amount of weight, however, was Mouth inheriting the $500,000 from Dan Scott. I loved the call back to Jimmy, Keith, and that moment in the high school hallway that changed the landscape of the series forever, but I really couldn't connect with the story at all.  Mouth creating that scholarship was a nice idea, but it didn't hit me emotionally, which is probably because Jimmy was never a character they any of us got to know, including the rest of the characters on the show.

Last, but not least, the series finale did a great job of saying goodbye to Tric. Centering the hour around its 10th anniversary was a nice send off to the club that allowed One Tree Hill to do in its last ever episode what it did for so many years before... allow music to enhance emotions.

Just as slow ballads made the sad moments even more depressing, or pumped up bangers made the basketball scenes that much more exciting, the many performances in this finale allowed the viewers to feel the emotion that was in the air. It wasn't just the emotion of the characters.  It was the emotion of the actors, especially when Gavin DeGraw broke out "I Don't Want To Be" and the entire cast started singing along. That song – and music in general – was a major cog in what made this show successful. This played as a fantastic tribute to that.

After last week's penultimate episode, I worried that the series finale was going to be too narrowly focused on the making of Julian's show within the show. I worried for nothing, though, as that was just a minor detail in the conclusion of One Tree Hill.

Julian was making a tv show about these characters' high school lives week in and week out, but the ending of this series was about the fact that these characters that the audience has gotten to know over the years - some for nine, others for less - are going to be living out the rest of their adult lives in this town... this place that they still look at ever so fondly.

What did you all think of the last ever episode of One Tree Hill? Did it live up to your lofty expectations or was it an utter disappointment? How long will it take you to get over the fact that the show will never be on again?

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l loved One Tree Hill lyk no man's buzz lm very hurt it has finally come to an end.lm going to miss Brooke Davis l lykd Brooke so much and was very happy the episode had a happy ending for all the character though the bad part was Lucas and Peyton were not there(l hated Peyton though).Some characters were left handing Alex Duprey went and never came back,Rachel,Mia.Above all One Tree Hill is a must watch l love their intelligent stories and how the truth is finally revealed.Will miss you guys,you were good very very very very good .luv you all

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The series finale was very satisfying. I think having Dan die a couple episodes before really helped make the plotline final and allow the Scott family to move forward. I did wish Lucas and Peyton would be in this episode but honeslty the writing for the cast that was there was superb to the point where their absence was not glaring. I loved the idea of Brooke living in her old house and the Naley rain moments, although it would've been nice to have Nathan acknowledge Haley giving him a chance 9 seasons ago when she tutored him as a final moment to bring it together. Jamie at the end was brilliant. It would've been nice if Deb was there too. The scene with Quinn being called "Mom" by Logan got me so bad and I don't even like Quinn. lol There is a part of me though that hopes for a tv reunion or revival or tv special that brings resolution to Lucas, Peyton, Karen, Jake and Rachel's characters being that they were so important too. Still, given with what and who they had to work with, the series finale was good and I'm sad that I have to say goodbye...OTH Forever!

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...to my kids because I want them to learn from it as I did. R.I.P. OTH. you will be missed! OTH had awesome story lines, great music, and a briliant cast. You will be missed! I will keep hoping for a spin off.

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I have watched this show from beginning. When the show ended I bought the first 3 seasons of One Tree Hill and I'm on season 3 right now, so I will be buying season 4, 5, and 6 soon. I love this show and i will NEVER get over the fact that it is over. I keeping hoping they will do a spin off of some sort about one of the couples...hopefully Haley and Nathan. Their story was my favorite. This show is very special to me and means a lot. One of my friends actually calls me P. Sawyer and I call her B. Davis. I still am going to visit Wilmington, N.C. where the show was filmed and visit some of the landmarks from the show like the river court. The only thing I was very upset about was the fact that we never got to see Lucas, Peyton, and Sawyer as a family. I was happy Chad Michael Murray came back, but Peyton should have come back too. But either way...the show will be missed. When I watch all the episodes for the second time, I will start over and again and again....I will show this series to my kids because I want them to learn stuff from it as I did when I watched it for the first time. I download music by Tyler hilton and Bethany Joy Lenz because they rock. The show had really great music too! R.I.P. OTH. I will keep hoping for a spin off!

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This show was amazing! Every episode moved me on an emotional level. I remember as a kid growing up watching shows like,Family Ties, Little house on the prairie,Highway to Heaven and my favorite The Wonder Years...that is until I subscribed to Netflix and started watching a show called One Tree Hill! This show touched my soul and made my heart smile! It's going to be quite some time before there's anything even remotely as good as this on television! Its funny Lucas was my favorite character for a long time but Nathan is now! I have the biggest crush on Peyton lol Hillary burton is amazing! I'm going to miss this show......:(

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It was the greatest show i 'd ever spot my eyes on . I can 't believe its over because i wouldn 't know what else to watch or do anymore . I wished it never really ended because this show with good episodes dynamic and structured well you won 't ever get tired of watching it . I won 't ever forget this show because i feel i 've connected well and known them for so long . I just wished that Peyton and Lucas were there because they were my 2nd best couple !
In websites , told they would show up in the season finale of One Tree Hill . I didn 't get to spot them there at all ): only Lucas at the airport but it wasn 't really much going on .
Even thought they weren 't there , One Tree Hill is something i 'll learn and cherish .
Always & Forever

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This is the best series i've seen my entire life. I love tree hill and the people. God i'm gonna miss Brooke loadz...Peyton and Lucas leaving wasn't so bad. And gosh all the dudes were hot. I couldn't see a better match than Julian and my goddess Brooke. Hey J-man, is Grandpa Dan still messing with your dates? I love DAN SCOTT. Hey Skills, hows the fresh farm turkey? Hey Clay my love and crazy Alex. God i'm really gonna miss you guys. Haley never say Nathan never got you something. Bye Racheal and Uncle Cooper. Hey Jamie call her Aunty Lily. I love ONE TREE HILL. I don't wanna be anything other than what i've been trying to be lately. Kick their ass Whitey. RAVENS.

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I really miss Lucas and Peyton, I also miss Samantha and Millicent. One tree Hill is my story. I mean the story of Lucas and Nathan, Dan Scott. I sincerely miss Lucas and Peyton, I don't know why they weren't call back. I want to say thumbs up to the Director and the Producer of this wonderful masterpiece. Thanks.

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I started watchin sense the first show,Brook was always my best somthin about them eyes wen she cried boi,Ima miss alll you guys n wish u all the best on ur careers.

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I really enjoyed it and I'm really happy that It ended so happily. One tree hill has always appealed to me because its not just about all of these dramatic things that happen in every tv show but it was about real life things - love and friendship and the future. Like a lot of people have said, It started with the main five, Lucas, Nathan, Brooke, Haley and Peyton and it would have made it perfect to end with all of those five. I hate that Peyton was made out to be the friend Brooke will never see again - very sad!

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 13 Quotes

Dude, Chris Keller's on the lam.

Chris

That tasted like the devil's ass!

Chris

One Tree Hill Season 9 Episode 13 Music

  Song Artist
Blind-pilot-half-moon Half Moon Blind Pilot iTunes
Song Blue Sky Bethany Joy Galeotti
Song Gun Is Loaded Amie Miriello
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