In one year, One Tree Hill will be officially done. The CW drama has had plenty of season finales that worked as perfect series finales in the event that the show got canceled, but every time it got renewed. Now, however, it's going to be the end.
Season 9 will be the show's "farewell season," so when it returns in
mid-season with 13 episodes, that will be it. Luckily, it gives Mark
Schwahn and the other writers a chance to actually know that it's the
end so they can plan something, much the same way Smallville got to plan out its final season this year.