One Tree Hill “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” Review


I think it’s safe to say that “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will,” this week’s One Tree Hill, will go down as one of, if not the, most violent episode of the series, and I’m even including the infamous school shooting in that statement.

It’s taken weeks of planning, but Dan is finally ready to rescue his son with the help of Julian and Chris Keller. It’s an odd team, yet desperate times make for interesting bed-fellows. Everything seems to go to plan, as long as the plan included Julian getting kicked out at the last second and told to go home for his family’s sake and Chris Keller kind-of accidentally killing one of the beefy guards with the getaway car.

Dan takes no prisoners. He walks into the warehouse and guns down everyone who crosses his path. He even manages to replace Nathan with the drug dealer who gave him all the information, so that when Dimitri catches up to him, it’s the dealer who gets three bullets to the chest instead of Haley’s husband.

But even the smoothest of plans can go sour. While attempting to make a run for it, Dan takes a bullet to save Nathan’s life, Nathan winds up killing Dimitri and Julian shows back up just in time to take out the dirty cop with shovel to the back of his head.

It’s not looking so good for Dan, but I honestly think this would a great death for him, and certainly a fitting end to his character arc.

Meanwhile, Brooke, for some inexplicable reason, winds up in another empty warehouse with the psychotic Xavier. After a bit of cat and mouse taunting, they wind up in a massive fight where he tells her that there is no real reason why he’s stalking her. He’s just a really bad guy and he likes to make people suffer.

At the last second, Brooke is saved by the unlikeliest of heroines, her arch-nemesis Not Alex. These two aren’t going to be friends any time soon, but it was a convenient way to wrap up two story lines that weren’t really going anywhere.

With so much action and blood and violence, the scenes with Clay and Quinn driving to Sara’s grave seemed grossly out of place. I think they were meant to offer a few minutes of calm during the storm, but it didn’t quite work. I kept counting down the seconds until we got back to the action.

It was a big episode that wrapped up a lot of things. One Tree Hill has three episodes to go. Is there enough story left to make those three hours riveting?

What do you think? Let me know below!