Check out what executive producer Mark Schwahn has to say about the season 8 (possibly series finale) of One Tree Hill.
When Schwahn sat down to write the Season 8 finale, he considered the possibility that it may be the series finale. So the question is: will there be a cliffhanger, or closure for our favorite characters?
"I hate to say this, but it's always this way: We're looking at both. I've gotten used to not knowing, so usually I will script a finale that's very satisfying in my mind to a series finale, which is what I did. At the same time, we shot some cliffhangers."
"If you had to ask me right now, I'd say that we're going to see closure, and if it's the series finale, in my mind, it's very satisfying. If it's not the series finale, we can introduce the cliffhangers that we shot, but in next year's premiere."
The season finale will begin with a voice over quote from a novel.
"It's a voiceover from a novel that I love, and the author allowed us to use it. The cliffhangers that he wrote in case of an early season pickup don't necessarily fit with the theme that the quote establishes."
"I felt like the cliffhangers fought my intention when I wrote the script and what I meant for the episode to me. I like them but we can revisit them next year. At the end of the day, you always sort of bet on the best creative decision, and go that direction, as opposed to trying to leverage our network with cliffhangers or shock our audience. If we shock our audience, it should be with our strongest moment, and right now I feel like the strongest moment of that episode involves some closure."