There are two versions of the series finale. One runs 86 minutes long and was the version aired on the WB in 2003. The second version (available on DVD) runs 104 minutes long and invovles more footage with Joey in New York, Dawson figuring out his life, a 'pilot retrospective' scene between Pacey and Jen, and the return of Andie
This episode scored 7.8 million viewers which was not only the largest audience ever for "Dawson's Creek," but also makes this episode the most watched episode to ever air on the WB network.
This finale marks the 128th episode of the show.
Original Series Creator Kevin Williamson returns to write his first episode since leaving the show four years previously. Giving Williamson 'creative freedom' was one of the main reason's the episode was pushed 5 years in the future, so Williamson could feel comfortable with the characters - and not have to deal with all the B-lines from season 6 (that where never resolved), and thus explains why Audrey was apsent from the finale, with the exception of Joey's one-line explanation.
Initially the WB only picked up the sixth season of 'Dawson's Creek' for 22 episodes, but when the producer's asked to end the show the WB ordered an additional two episodes for a 'series finale event'...
Pacey J. Witter: You're off the hook. I never really put much faith in all that "if you love someone set them free" crap as evidence by everything I've done in my life up to this very moment but I am determined to be happy, Joey, happy in this life and I love you, I mean, I always, I have always, always loved you but our timing has just never been right and the way I figured it, time is no man's friend so I have to get right with that and be happy, now, because this is it, I mean, this is all that we get. If there is one thing I've learned from losing Jen, that's what I've learned.
Josephine "Joey" Potter:
You know, for the record I, I don't wanna be let off the hook. Cause everything in my life that I've done has led me here, right now and the last thing I want, need or deserve is to be let off somebody's hook.
Josephine "Joey" Potter:
Are you crying?
Jen: So. So they sent you in first.
Pacey: Yeah, I'm the opening act.
Jen: Well, you can start off by wiping that fake smile off your face. Say something, Pacey.
Pacey: Well, Jack tells me you're dying. But other than that, everything's ok, right?
Jen: (Laughs) Thank you.
Joey: How you doing?
Pacey: What's wrong with these guys?
Jen: I don't know. What's wrong, guys? Is someone dying or something?
Joey: It's not funny.
Pacey: On the contrary, it's fatally funny.
Jen: I could die laughing.
Bessie: I still think you owe it to that boy to call him up and tell him you've been avoiding his calls because you're too chicken to tell him it's over.
Joey: I'm not too chicken to tell him that it's over. I'm just-- I'm not sure if it's over.
Bessie: You're still in love with your ex-boyfriend.
Joey: I am not still in love with my ex-boyfriend.
Bessie: No, you're still in love with your ex-boyfriends, plural.
Pacey: The man in the apron who's rooted-- who's cemented into Capeside.
Joey: Pace, what's with the life ennui?
Pacey: Well, come on, Dawson went off and conquered Hollywood, you ran away to Paris and New York, and I...
Joey: Well, I didn't run. I flew--coach.
Pacey: And here we are again. What is it between the two of us?
Joey: Are you bringing us down? Because you know what? I have enough frequent flyer miles to get a nonstop out of here.
Dawson: You sure you want to do this?
Jen: Absolutely. You?
Dawson: 100% sure... I don’t. But I don't think you're gonna let me out of it, so...
Pacey: Dawson still doesn't know I borrowed this.
Jen: You mean stole?
Pacey: No, I mean borrowed. You don't steal from friends.
Jen: When did you borrow this?
Pacey: Uh, in 1998, right after he shot it.
Jen: Oh. Ha ha.