Astonishingly, the outcome of the love triangle was up in the air right up until the end. Show creator Kevin Williamson almost had Joey end up with Dawson — and maintains that he is Team Dawson to this day.
With all due respect to Kevin Williamson, he is absolutely wrong. Team Pacey was the only option that would have ever made sense or been satisfying. The above gif just about sums it up — and the footage was shot before the love triangle was even dreamed of!
Dawson, at every turn, chose himself, prioritized his own feelings, and was the epitome of a whiny, selfish, toxic white boy. He wasn’t good for Joey, she wasn’t good for him, and I would argue they didn’t actually really love each other romantically — they just had a twisted sense of ownership over each other that neither quite wanted to relinquish, but Dawson in particular.
Pacey meanwhile — well, I could go on all day about the many reasons he was the right choice for Joey, and the hero of the series in general. But none of us have all day, so let me just list some…
Let’s just pause for a moment and appreciate one of the best instances of THERE WAS ONLY ONE BED in history.
In Season 3 in particular, he showed up for her consistently in meaningful ways, even when he was going through his own heartache.
(Unrelated but important: when he wasn’t calling her “Potter”, he called her “Jo”, which was somehow even more endearing.)
From Season 1, when Pacey and Joey barely considered each other friends, Pacey was still hyping Joey up and telling her she would achieve exactly what she wanted to. This dynamic only strengthened between them as the seasons went on.
The message he wrote on Joey’s wall is a great example of peak Pacey dreaminess — with the crucial factor being he left the ball in Joey’s caught, making what he felt clear while allowing her space to make her own decision.
(Let’s also take a moment here to talk about his boat, and what it meant to him: something of his own, that he worked for and loved, that he could be proud of. Not insignificant given his character background and family history. He did that for himself.)
Even before they were together — before he knew he had feelings for her — Pacey was always waxing lyrical about how Joey was the most stunning woman in the world.
Never has a countdown been so hot (until the one where they finally had sex, at least).
Honestly, one of the worst parts of Pacey is the unrealistic expectations he gave us all of men.
The 🥺 simple 🥺 act 🥺 of 🥺 loving 🥺 her 🥺 was 🥺 enough 🥺 for 🥺 him 🥺.
This moment is shiver-inducing not just for the simple but potent phrase “I remember everything” — whisper-delivered beautifully by Joshua Jackson — but also because of what it shows about Pacey and his relationship with Joey. He listened to her, saw her and, despite what Dawson believed, knew her better than anyone. And loved her for all of it.
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