I personally think the writers should have just ended the show the season that Chad and Hillary left. The focus of the show was Lucas and his narrating the episodes as part of his book (them getting Nathan to do that at the start of this season is just not the same). I loved the first 4 seasons of the show, the next 2 were pretty good and then it just went downhill. The show introduced all of these characters that I just don't care for too much. I'm not attached to these new faces and I would much rather find out what Lucas and Peyton are up to than whether Alex and Chace will work things out. The show is just not what it used to be and it should have ended on a high note rather than dropping in quality and ratings to the point of getting cancelled.