Dawson’s Creek Cast Talks Reboot, Creator Dishes on Characters’ Futures at EW Reunion Shoot

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The Dawson’s Creek cast reunited, and we are not worthy of the results.

If you were a teenager in the late 1990s/early 2000s, there’s a very good chance you are familiar with the lives of Dawson Leery, Joey Potter, Jen Lindley, and Pacey Witter. You were likely obsessed with finding out whether Dawson would ever make it in the film industry, or whether Joey and Pacey would find happiness, and, of course, you were broken hearted when Jen died and took to bed for a while to mourn that loss.

Even if you didn’t, the following pictures should be incentive enough to catch up on a bit of 90s television culture and binge-watch the series as soon as possible. Entertainment Weekly arranged for the cast to reunite earlier this March for their latest print issue (and the series’ 20 year anniversary!), and we were neither expecting it nor ready for it.

James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson, Busy Phillips, Kerr Smith, Meredith Monroe, and Mary Beth Peil reunited for a beautiful photo shoot, and it will have your need for an actual reunion of the series skyrocket in approximately 0.1 seconds.

Take a look at some of the stunning photos below, or visit EW for the full set.

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Of course, as it is with every reunion, talks of a sequel, or a reboot were on the table. Michelle Williams was quick to say that she was dead, so she wouldn’t even be able to participate. Kerr Smith countered that she could play her grown up daughter.

Both Van Der Beek and Holmes agree that the show, as it did in the 90s, would not work today and that a sequel would have to be completely reinvented. “What I love about this show is that it existed at a time pre-social media, pre-internet, and it was nostalgic when we were shooting it”, so Holmes. “So I really like it where it is, to be honest. It does feel like it’s completed.”

But fret not, fans, because Dawson’s Creek creator Kevin Williamson has his very own ideas of what a continuation of the series would look like. In a “Where are they now” segment, Williams told EW that he would have Dawson become successful (he compared him to Dawson’s idol Steven Spielberg), only to have that success fall through. “ I think they shattered, I think he fell apart”, so Williamson. “I think he never really found love and, when we come upon him, he’s just on the cusp of changing his whole life and finding the one thing that’s going to make it magical.”

When it comes to everyone’s favorite couple Joey and Pacey, Williamson believes they got married and had a family, but would also have worked through some troubles and eventually gotten divorced. “I think that when we meet them they’re in a very dark place. But there’s still something between them that forces them to come together and raise their children. As they seek out happiness with others, they just keep coming back to each other. And they just can’t stop that magical thing that exists between them and that bond they have. I think we would sort of have to watch them fall in love all over again as middle-aged adults.” Swooooon.

There may not be an actual reunion for Dawson’s Creek in the works, but the photoshoot, and seeing the cast come together once again should tie us over for a few years. But please don’t make it another 20.

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