It may have taken years for some fans to come to terms with this, but let's just be real: Marissa and Ryan were never meant to be together on The O.C.. Marissa wasn't his soulmate; in fact, there are many reasons why Taylor was Ryan's true soulmate on The O.C.Ryan Atwood and Taylor Townsend were complete opposites, and their relationship only spanned 10 or so episodes, but their love was as real as Seth's obsession with Death Cab for Cutie. And they totally belong together forever.
Ryan and Taylor are nowhere near the most beloved couple on The O.C.They're no Seth and Summer, with their countless spats and childhood crushes. Nor are they Ryan and Marissa, a volatile teenage love story for the ages. And, sure, some fans never forgave Taylor for taking Marissa's place in the show after the latter's unexpected death (RIP Marissa Cooper). But, revisiting the series, it's obvious that Marissa and Ryan, while a great teenage love, would never have worked past the age of 18.
Taylor and Ryan, on the other hand, began their relationship as adults, outside the oppressive walls of the Harbor School. They started slow, had plenty of successful dates that didn't involve anybody shoplifting or overdoses in back alleys, and they were able to communicate with each other to get past their issues. Aside from Sandy and Kirsten, Ryan and Taylor have one of the most mature relationships on The O.C., and these 13 reasons Taylor was Ryan's soulmate show why.