11 Reasons Why The OC Was Actually Better Without Marissa
Guys, can you believe it's been 10 YEARS since The OC ended? Us neither; Marissa Cooper's death still feels like it happened yesterday.
While we're on the subject of Marissa, sure The OC's ratings might have dropped without her, but we'd like to argue that the show got better - and here's why.
Because we got to see much more of Willa Holland as Kaitlin Cooper
She was a far more sassy, far less annoying replacement for her elder sister, like most youngest children are.
Which meant we got to witness the beautiful friendship between Kaitlin and Bullit
“Peanut, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
We also reaaaally got to know Taylor Townsend
She went from annoying know-it-all to loveable weirdo really fast.
As did Ryan
Remember when she pretended to be his sleep therapist? And yet they became the real deal. Why does this never happen to us when we go loopy on a love interest?
Watching Summer work through her grief made us cry and laugh and cry again
And seeing her find her old self again was the best: “I love shopping, tanning and celebrity gossip. Always have, always will.”
Without Marissa, we realised that Summer was always the best
We always felt bad thinking that before, but after Marissa died, it was a no-brainer.
Ryan had so much less drama without her
Sure, he was sad, but he didn’t have to worry about Taylor ODing in an alleyway or passing out on her front lawn.
Even Julie Cooper-Nichol seemed to find herself
Let’s face it, if Marissa had made it to season four, Julie would probably have married Summer’s plastic surgeon dad and continued her run of shallow, money-driven relationships. Instead she follows her heart and ends up with Ryan’s dad Frank, who has a shady past (just like her), but is a reformed guy who really loves her. Aww.
And her relationship with Kaitlin was actually fun to watch
Where Marissa totally hated her (completely batshit) mother, Kaitlin’s attempts to piss off Julie are much more comedic, especially when she’s determined to have her marry Bullit.
The bad boys disappeared
Oliver, Trey, Volchok – alright, he did pop up at one point, but only because Sandy Cohen is the best lawyer around and he needed help. But there were a lot less troublesome dudes around without Marissa. Ryan's the only 'bad boy' we need, thanks.
The earthquake didn’t have to be about her
Because everything became about Marissa, didn’t it? But, in her absence, the earthquake storyline could shift on to Ryan, Taylor and Kirsten. Thankfully everyone got out unscathed.
And neither did the happily ever after
You don’t really think the show would have ended with Sethummer’s wedding had Marissa still been alive, do you? That flash-forward would have been all her and Ryan.
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