So, one of my favorite shows of all time is One Tree Hill. I love Naley, the Tree Hill Ravens, Nathan Scott, and Brooke Davis with all my heart!
But you know what I DON'T love? How Lucas and Peyton ended up together.
Look, I know they were supposed to be soulmates, destined to end up together from the first episode, blah, blah, blah. But I just don't buy it.
First off, I never thought they had much of a real connection. Their whole relationship was built on the idea of him "saving" her and it just seemed cliché and unhealthy to me.
I admit they had some chemistry in the very beginning. But they spent so long acting all dramatic and tortured and pining for each other instead of just...dating?! Because, like, teen angst or something.
And then when they finally started actually hooking up, it was while Lucas was still dating Brooke!!! Peyton's BEST FRIEND! Who didn't deserve that at all!!!!
And speaking of Brooke, were we just supposed to forget that Lucas was in love with her? Like, really, REALLY in love with her?
Or that Peyton really loved Jake? Like, to the point that she was ready to MARRY him at 17?!
And guess what? Hilarie Burton (who played Peyton) even confirmed that Lucas and Brooke and Peyton and Jake were originally supposed to end up together! NOT Lucas and Peyton!!!
I feel like Lucas and Peyton both grew as individuals when they were with other people. But together, they just brought out the worst in each other.
It just got REALLY tiring to watch.
Also, they just looked and acted way too much alike. At one point, Peyton even said, "Everybody says we're like twins!" That's not cute. THAT'S WEIRD.
So yeah, no matter how many times I've rewatched One Tree Hill, I've just never been able to get on board with Leyton.