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A short, dramatic goodbye to OTH
on 15 June 2012
While One Tree Hill was never quite the same after Peyton and Lucas departed in season 6 this final season has stayed on track by focusing on core characters such as Brooke, Nathan, Hayley and Mouth. The first episode opens with an intriguing montage of dramatic events such as fires, arrests and public meltdowns and sets the tone for the rest of the season. Amidst the familiar faces there are some new arrivals (Chris Keller, Lucas Scott) and old enemies resurface with ulterior motives (Xavier, Dan Scott). Elsewhere Clay and Quinn face some giant hurdles in their relationship while Julian and Brooke juggle twins and careers. While some of the stories seem very far-fetched Hayleys emotional journey is particularly heartbreaking to watch and it's interesting to see some closure for the Scott family. I was disappointed to find this season is much shorter with only 13 episodes but there are several special features in the boxset including episode commentaries, a gag reel and unaired scenes. There is also an added bonus disc featuring episodes 1-5 of The Vampire Diaries to tempt you into a new series which was a surprising but welcome addition to this boxset. Overall this season lacks some of the magic of previous OTH outings but it's certainly worth a look just to see how it all ends. 3.5 stars.