Dawson's Creek wrapped up over a decade ago, but it still holds a special place in the hearts of a lot of people, which is why creator Kevin Williamson's recent shooting down of a potential Dawson's Creek reunion movie is likely a sour moment for some — but it's probably for the best.
Williamson talked all things Dawson's Creek's with EW this week, including tidbits about his surprise that not that many people were upset that Joey ended up with Pacey (hint to Williamson: it's because Pacey's better), and why they decided to kill off Jen. The finale as a whole was a big moment in '90s-'00s pop culture, so it's fascinating to hear the man who started the Dawson's phenomenon talk about what it meant to wrap it up.
As for a Dawson's Creek existing in the present tense, though? That he's less sure about:
We joked about [a reunion] then: “What’s gonna happen if we do the reunion movie? Jen’s dead.” “Well, she’ll be in heaven narrating the whole story.” [Laughs] But ultimately, I don’t want to see it. I want it to be that little piece of the ’90s that’s forever in its proper place. And it was a complete story: I know how everyone ended up because of the five-year push in the finale. I love that there are so many people out there that would love to see a reunion. I love that it has a life that has gone on and on beyond its initial run. But I like how we ended it.
There is something to be said for leaving fully-arced stories alone and resisting the urge to dredge them up just because they remain beloved. Dawson's Creek wasn't exactly canceled Veronica Mars or Firefly-style, after all, it ran a very solid six seasons and saw its characters grow up. It had an ending.
It's notable, though, that Williamson didn't nix the idea of a reunion panel of some sort, like the ones the casts of Friday Night Lights and Boy Meets World have done. A panel is generally a more advisable idea than a full-on movie, though he didn't touch on which of the actors may or may not actually be willing to be rounded up for the circus again.
No, Dawson's Creek is long gone, and it's not coming back anytime soon. And really, that's kind of how it's supposed to be.