Goodnight One Tree Hill. Because parting with this show was probably one of the hardest goodbyes I ever had to say. There are 6 billion people in the world and sometimes all you need is one. The show didn’t just create characters they created relationships. Relationships that made you believe in love and pain. They made the small moments into big moments that helped shape our lives. Lucas Scott had it dead on when he said, “Tree Hill is just a place in the world, maybe its a lot like your world. Maybe its nothing like your world. But if you look closer you might just see someone like you.” Yet the one hour OTH documentary seemed to be much more appetizing than the series finale. Although it was a good one, it was just missing something, especially compared to the season 8 finale where Jaime took on the role of Uncle Lucas.
All things must come to an end. Thankfully, for the characters in One Tree Hill it came to a good ending. We revisited monumental places, we revisited the music and we revisited scenes (namely the rain scene and the cracker jack scene). Brooke finally found “home” as Julian gave the house with the red door a proper family. She got her clothing business up and running and although Clothes over Hoes is no longer in service she is now the proud owner of BakerMan, which is right across the street from Karen’s Cafe. We were able to experience the father-son feel on the River Court one last time. Those who felt the magic and power of the river court will never find a place like it. It was a marking place for growing up, not just for the characters but for us. Mouth’s character got the recognition he deserved as he realized his dreams as a sports announcer and gave tribute to the people that motivated him to get there: Jimmy Edwards, Keith Scott and Dan Scott.
A lot of the episode focused on showing us how the kids of Tree Hill grew up to have kids of their own. While they grew up, we grew up with them. The scene after the party at Tric brought tears to my eyes as the characters we have come to love were surrounded by a new generation that was going to take Tree Hill by storm and create their own memories. The writers even brought out the predictions and Haley passed down the tradition she shared with Lucas to her son. Little Jaime Scott wrote in his predictions that he would beat Nathan’s scoring title and you know, those wishes always come true.
Although Quinn and Clay have not been in our lives since season 1 they have kind of grown to be the new Peyton and Lucas. Their love story might have been a little less believable at times, but the ending was definitely worth it. As Logan called Quinn mom, they adopted him as their legal son and got married out of pure love. As the shortest wedding on Tree Hill it was probably one filled with the most happiness. And hell, who would have thought that Bevin Price would be a part of it. The scenes with Chuck and Chris Keller seemed to be a little out of place as they did not have that “series finale” feel to them but I guess the whole point of that was to show that Chris Keller never really changed but in spite of all of that he was accepted by Haley, signed to her label, and became a permanent friend in the Tree Hill gang. Chris and Nathan even developed a sort of bond as Nathan bought back Chris the guitar that he lost playing poker that one time on the road trip. The only presence that was missing was Alex Duprey and Mia. They were pretty vital to the last couple of seasons and they definitely should have gotten their good-byes.
“I don’t wanna be anything other than what I’ve been trying to be lately,” are lyrics that every OTH fan has memorized by now. The beginning notes automatically signal that OTH is about to begin. So what better way to end the show than with a song that began everything? As Tric rocked out to Gavin Degraw, it was literally karaoke time for every cast member, character and fan. We grew up with these characters and we related to them. And although invisible, it was a moment that bonded those characters we love with all of us. If anything, that was one of the most powerful ways to say goodbye.
Unfortunately, the writers made it a little hazy and at first I could not tell if we had fast forwarded in time and by how much on the last scene. As Mark Schwahn brought us back to where it all began, a new generation of cheerleaders and b-ball players was heading out to the first game. Just as Karen and Keith had closed up to go see Lucas play, Haley and Nathan closed Karen’s Cafe and went to watch Jaimie play. This time the bleachers were filled with a lot more people that loved and supported Jaimie rather than just the evil Dan Scott that was out to get Nathan. We saw the Bevin and Skills got back together again (remember when she notebooked him) and Millie was like 8 months pregnant with Mouth. Logan and Lidia were sitting on the sidelines cheering Jaimie on. It was in that moment that I realized after all the chaos and the drama, everything turned out ok for all of them. And as the last moment of One Tree Hill faded out we saw a now full grown Jaimie following in the footsteps of his father, sans the blonde hair, dark locks and all. Every ending has a new beginning the say.
Make a wish and place it in your heart, anything you want, everything you want. Do you have it? Good. Now believe in it with all your heart. That’s what OTH always told its fans. Believe in your dreams and one day you will look back and realize you got them all. Thank you to a show that has always found me when I was lost, allowed me to grow up with the cast and created a safe place for me to run too when life got a little hard. I found friends and family; I found a home. What other show connected with its fans on such a personal level and brought so much emotion? One Tree Hill made its fans feel it all. One minute we were crying and the next minute we were crying from laughter. There is only one Tree Hill and that is home. In the words of Mark Schwahn, “If that one sentence touches someone when they are missing someone, that’s a worthy hour of television.” All 9 season were worthy Mark.
- Lucas Scott: There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. But omitted, and the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves—or lose the ventures before us
- Brooke Davis: The bad guys lie to get in your bed; the good guys lie to get in your heart.
- Peyton Sawyer: Imagine a future moment in your life where all your dreams come true. You know, it’s the greatest moment of your life and you get to experience it with one person. Who’s standing next to you?
- Nathan Scott: Its been said that we just don’t recognize the significant moments of our lives while there happening…we grow up complacent with ideas or things or people and we take them for granted an its usually not until that thing is about to be taken away from you that you realize how wrong you’ve been…that you realize how much you really need it…how much you love it.
- Haley James Scott: I gave you my heart. That’s all I give you. And if that’s not enough for you, I’m not enough for you.
- Mark Schwahn: Its like having a friend or a loved one your not going to see anymore.
- Peyton: Make a wish and place it in your heart. Anything you want. Everything you want.
- Lucas: Do you have it? Good. Now believe it can come true. You never know where the next miracle is going to come from, the next smile. The next wish come true.
- Peyton: But if you believe that it is right around the corner. And you open your heart and mind to the possibility of it. To the certainty of it.
- Brooke: You might just get the thing you’re wishing for.
- Nathan: The world is full of magic. You just have to believe in it. So make your wish. Do you have it?
- Haley: Good. Now believe in it with all your heart.
One Tree Hill: Why Haley and Lucas Were Friendship Goals
There are plenty of relationships fans can “ship” on One Tree Hill.
You can be #TeamBrucas, #TeamLeyton, or #TeamNaley, and they’re all great in their own way.
But there’s undoubtedly one relationship that trumps them all — Laley, aka Lucas and Haley.
As with all friendships, they’ve had a fair share of ups-and-downs.
They grew apart briefly, but despite the rocky road, they’ve always managed to come back to each other and never lose the love.
On One Tree Hill Season 4 Episode 3, Haley asked Lucas to promise her that “matter what happens, you and I will always be friends.” And he kept that promise.
Significant others came and went, but Lucas and Haley remained best friends throughout the entirety of the series.
Even after Lucas and Peyton drove off into the sunset (Chad Michael Murray and Hilarie Burton exited the show on One Tree Hill Season 6), their friendship lived on off-screen.
When it comes to OTH relationships, Haley and Lucas’s was the purest one.
It was the most enduring relationship in the series, having started in childhood.
When we met them on One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 1, they already had an established connection that was built on a foundation of trust and memories.
Their dynamic would have allowed the writers to easily cross the line and give in to the played-out friends-to-lovers trope (and maybe that was even the plan at one point), but the best thing about Lucas and Haley is that they never crossed that line.
The fact that they remained best friends and never pursued each other romantically made them far more interesting than if they would have ever considered dating.
In a small town like Tree Hill, it’s almost unheard of for a guy and girl to be “just friends.”
But Haley and Lucas proved that members of the opposite sex could love each other platonically.
These are some of our favorite things about them:
They Were Protective Over Each Other
We first begin to understand Lucas and Haley’s relationship on One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 1.
They’re the outcasts that always stuck together and had each other’s backs.
When Nathan starts cozying up to Haley after she offers to tutor him, Lucas gets protective and warns her against getting involved with his half-brother because he believes he’s only getting close to her to get back at him.
While Lucas isn’t entirely wrong, he also trusts Haley to make the right decision, even if he doesn’t agree with it.
In turn, Haley’s decision to tutor is fueled by wanting to protect Lucas. She offers Nathan her math tutoring services on the condition that stop bullying Lucas and leave him alone.
They Cheer Each Other Up
Though it would be easy for Lucas to point out that he warned Haley about Nathan’s self-serving intentions, he never does. Instead, he’s there for his best friend.
On One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 7, when Haley believes that Nathan’s been making fun of their relationship, she confesses that he showed her his true colors and she fell for it because she’s “stupid,” but Luke assures her that she’s far from it.
Instead of saying, “I told you so,” he’s supportive and lends her a shoulder to cry on.
On One Tree Hill Season 1 Episode 18, famously known as the “Boy Toy Episode,” Haley taps into her savings from the cafe so that she can buy Lucas during the auction to spend time with him.
At the end of a fun-filled night, Lucas assures Haley that “If Nathan doesn’t see how special you really are, then he’s an idiot cause I think you’re amazing.”
He may not be fully supportive of the relationship, but he always wanted her to follow her heart and be happy.
One Tree Hill: Where Are They Now?
Teen drama One Tree Hill ended its nine-season run in 2012, and there hasn’t been a show quite like it since.
Many of the actors catapulted into stardom thanks to the series and are now killing it on both the big and small screen. Meanwhile, others have removed themselves from the spotlight completely.
However, nothing bonds a group of strangers quite like a TV show. Their bond has remained strong, and they continue to hang out and keep in touch with fans at conventions which have also kept the legacy of the series alive for new and old fans alike.
There are even talks of a possible revival in the near-future.
So, let’s return to Tree Hill and see what your basketball-loving, small-town actors have been up to since the series wrapped.
1. Chad Michael Murray – Lucas Scott
Chad Michael Murray Adresses Rumblings of “One Tree Hill” Revival at Chicago Convention
In the spirit of revivals, fans were eager to find out if a season 10 of the hit show “One Tree Hill” is in the works.
“We were just talking about this actually,” Stephen Colleti (bar manager Chase) said at the EyeCon convention this weekend.
“I’ll do it,” Antwon Tanner (Skills) added.
The story goes, Chad Michael Murray (Lucas Scott) approached James Lafferty (Nathan) after he heard “rumblings” of a possible One Tree Hill reunion/revival.
James, who is close to OTH creator Mark Schwahn, had not heard anything “official” but said he could “see it happening.”
“We haven’t heard anything substantial but we can agree with you guys, it’s worthy” Stephen added to a room full of ecstatic fans.
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