‘Outer Banks’ Season 2 Has a Major ‘Dawson’s Creek’ Parallel

Warning: This story incorporates spoilers from season 2 of Outer Banks.

A teen drama set in North Carolina with a shocking creek as its backdrop isn’t precisely a groundbreaking concept. In 1998, Kevin Williamson created probably the most in style teen dramas of all time with the identical setting. Dawson’s Creek filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, following a bunch of youngsters all through their highschool days, merely making an attempt to slot in.

Nonetheless, season 1 of Outer Banks managed to provide you with one thing contemporary because the Pogues and the Kooks — ie., Joey Potter’s household versus the wealthy visitors on the marina — confronted off on the town and looked for gold. Within the midst of the treasure hunt, summer season love blossomed.

Outer Banks Dawsons Creek Comparison Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes in ‘Dawson’s Creek.’
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Every drama kicked off its sophomore season with the principle couple collectively. Joey (Katie Holmes) and Dawson (James Van Der Beek) discovered their well beyond a friendship and spent the season rising nearer, briefly splitting, then reuniting — till her household received in the best way. Halfway by means of the season, her dad, Mike, returned from jail. He wasn’t a killer — and positively didn’t have the villain in him that Outer Banks’ Ward Cameron (Charles Esten) has, however he had a darkish historical past with medicine. And when he returned to Capeside, that behavior began again up.

On the finish of season 2, Dawson (in true Dawson kind) does what he believes to be the fitting factor. After catching Mike (Gareth Williams) dabbling in drug dealing once more, Joey and her pals practically die in a fireplace due to it. Since Mike received’t flip himself in, Dawson forces Joey to do it for him. She does so, making him confess whereas she’s carrying a wire. On the finish of the season, Dawson and Joey speak in her yard, with the creek within the distance.

Joey Dawson Outer Banks Comparison

Joey and Dawson in ‘Dawson’s Creek.’
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“I hope someday that I can forgive my father for all of this, and I don’t know if I’ll ever be capable to forgive myself. However I do know that I’ll by no means forgive you,” she stated through the 1999 episode. “There are specific circumstances that love can’t overcome.”

Flash ahead 22 years later and season 2 of Outer Banks finds Sarah (Madelyn Cline) returning to city, telling her dad that she plans to testify towards him and Rafe (Drew Starkey) with a view to clear John B.’s (Chase Stokes) identify. She says that if her dad doesn’t flip her brother in for killing the sheriff — one thing the city believes John B. did — he won’t ever see her once more.

Later within the season, John B. is arrested and she or he fights to get him out, seemingly selecting him as an alternative of mendacity for her father and brother. Ultimately, his pals show his innocence, and though she’s completely satisfied, Sarah breaks down when she sees the police raid his home and watches her dad’s boat — with him seemingly on it — blow up.


Outer Banks Madelyn Cline Dawsons Creek Comparison

Madelyn Cline in ‘Outer Banks.’

Since John B. believes that Ward killed his father — one thing that’s confirmed to be unfaithful by the top of the season, as Large John someway survived and has been hiding out — John B. doesn’t look unhappy seeing the boat burn, however his girlfriend breaks down in sobs.

Throughout episode 7, Sarah tells John B. one thing similar to what Joey informed Dawson — whereas they stand on a dock.

“I simply suppose an excessive amount of has occurred. I simply thought, of all folks, you’d perceive what it was like shedding a dad and I wanted you,” she says. “I simply suppose it’s too difficult. … Typically some issues simply aren’t meant to be.”

Whereas Dawson and Joey didn’t reunite romantically till many seasons later, Sarah and John B. get again collectively earlier than the season’s finish — and Ward is (shockingly) nonetheless alive.

Outer Banks season 2 is now streaming on Netflix.

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