|Full name:|| Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer |
Peyton Elizabeth Scott
|Birthplace:||Tree Hill, North Carolina, U.S.|
|Residence:|| Seasons 1–4: |
Los Angeles, California
4915 Ocean Avenue
1829 Barnette Drive
|Occupation:|| Record label founder |
(Red Bedroom Records)
Artist at Thud Magazine
Manager of Tric
Intern at Sire Records
Co-owner of Red Bedroom
(with Haley James Scott)
|Nickname:|| P. Sawyer (by Brooke and Skills) |
Peyton Marie Sawyer (PMS)
(as a joke by Brooke)
Skinny Girl (by Skills)
Blondie, Curly, Goldilocks, Long Distant Blondie, Scraggly, Spirit Girl
|Alias:||Peyton Sawyer Scott|
|Height:||5’ 8 1/2"|
|Marital status:|| Lucas Scott |
(m. 2013–present; 1 child)
|Significant Other/s:|| Nathan Scott |
(ex-boyfriend: S1 · S4)
(ex-fiancée: S2 · S3)
|Family:|| Natural |
Elizabeth "Ellie" Harp
(biological mother; deceased)
(adoptive mother; deceased)
(daughter, with Lucas)
Daniel "Dan" Scott
Andrew "Andy" Hargrove
(brother-in-law, via Lucas)
Haley James Scott
(sister-in-law, via Lucas)
James "Jamie" Scott
(nephew, via Nathan and Haley)
(niece, via Nathan and Haley)
|Portrayed By:||Hilarie Burton|
|First Appearance:|| "Pilot" |
|Last Appearance:|| "Remember Me as a Time of Day" |
| S1 • S2 • S3 • S4 • S5 • S6 • |
"Peyton Sawyer is destined for greatness."
Peyton Elizabeth Scott (née Sawyer) was originally a rebellious cheerleader who first met her husband, Lucas Scott, during their junior year, when she was the girlfriend of the popular jock, and Lucas' half-brother, Nathan Scott. Following their encounter, Peyton slowly fell for Lucas, but they soon faced much difficulty in their on-off relationship which spanned high school and beyond. She also had a deep relationship with her father, him being a single parent; Jake Jagielski to whose daughter she became like a mother. Peyton struggled through the death of both her biological and adoptive mothers, but overcame the hardship and emerged a stronger woman from it.
Portraying her emotions through art and music, Peyton established a music label after a miserable start of her career in the music business with a big label. Through this label, she found and signed Mia Catalano, and they soon become good friends. After her wedding and the birth of her daughter, Sawyer Brooke Scott, Peyton and her family moved away from Tree Hill, leaving the label to be run by Haley James Scott, one of Peyton's best friends along with Brooke Davis. Brooke and Haley constituted Peyton's life and have been her greatest support system after all her grief she went through.
Peyton was always best friends with Brooke Davis, a friendship that overcame many troubles during high school and managed to survive even after graduation, despite a vast geographical separation.
Peyton Elizabeth Sawyer was born to Elizabeth "Ellie" Harp and Mick Wolf in 1988. Due to their inability to be able to cope with a newborn child, they gave her up for adoption, choosing Larry and Anna Sawyer to become Peyton's parents. Peyton shared many happy memories with her adoptive family and grew close to them both, especially her adoptive mother Anna. Until she passed when Peyton was young, and her dad was away on business trips.
Unfortunately in 1997, Anna got caught in a tragic car accident when she ran a red light, going to pick up an eight-year-old Peyton from school. The accident that cost Anna her life made a large impact on Peyton's life, as it drove an unintentional wedge between her and her father as she grew. She became closed-off and expressed herself through art and music and through words. Dealing with the grief of her mother's death, Peyton soon found a friend in the form of Brooke Davis, who constantly visited her to see if she was all right, and spent most of her days with Peyton underneath a bridge in Tree Hill. Unknown to both of them, her biological mom was watching them from a distance. To deal with his grief, Larry began working away from home in an effort to make more money on a trudge boat, forcing Peyton to live alone for long periods of time.
From the start of their friendship, Brooke and Peyton's relationship only grew stronger. Since Brooke's eight birthday, the two friends had made it a tradition for Brooke's birthday to go to the mall together right before closing time. Brooke would then point out the present she'd like, and Peyton would steal it. However, unknown to Brooke, Peyton later always went back to pay for it. They attended eighth grade cheerleading camp together, and stuck together in high school when they both joined the Tree Hill Raven's cheerleading squad, a hobby that Peyton felt she never really fit into, but committed to none the less in loving memory of her late mother, who had also been a cheerleader. Consequently, Peyton started up a relationship with high school star basketball player, Nathan Scott. Their relationship was mainly physical and argumentative, shifting constantly between on and off. One of these arguments got so heated that it even drove Peyton to punched a wall, leaving a permanent scar on her knuckle.
Unlike most cheerleaders, Peyton nourished an interest in art and music. She listened to rock and punk, and constantly drew to represent her emotions, which were more deeper and darker than those of the stereotypical cheerleader. This was a side of her to which Nathan never paid attention to, nor understood. Peyton had the idea of starting an all ages club, some sort of safe haven where underaged people could go to listen to great music; she accomplished this dream (she started TRIC) with the support of Karen Roe, Lucas's mother. Through her love for music, she developed a close relationship with Haley James.
Peyton and Nathan soon broke up after Peyton reasoned that their relationship was more about the "benefits" than love. In addition, she realizes that she does not want to be the star basketball player's girlfriend anymore. She has a romantic interest in her ex's brooding half brother, Lucas Scott. Through various interactions with Lucas, she finds that he is kind and thoughtful towards her, in contrast to Nathan's arrogant and cruel treatment of her. Lucas has had a huge childhood crush on the brooding teen and always dreamed that she would be his one day. Because of the encounters he has with his nemesis Nathan, Lucas and Peyton see each other more, soon after producing a spark between the two. However, at a party at Nathan's home, Peyton becomes scared and runs from Lucas after he admits his want and need for her; Lucas is left heartbroken and desperate. Later, at a frat party, Peyton meets up with a guy named Gabe who puts a date-rape drug in her drink. Peyton's best friend, Brooke, saves her right before she is about to be raped. Brooke then calls Lucas for help and Lucas takes care of her for the night. Oddly enough, Lucas and Brooke bond over taking care of a drugged Peyton.Peyton later goes to visit Lucas and professes that she wants what he wants. But Peyton is too late; Brooke, who is already in the house, walks in on the two of them, wearing nothing but Lucas's sweatshirt (Peyton then knowing that the two are together). Lucas is then forced to make a decision, and chooses Brooke because he is afraid that Peyton will hurt him again. The two remain great friends, even as Brooke shows jealousy regarding their growing friendship. After taking a trip to see if Peyton's dad was killed during a storm while he was out at sea, an emotionally-wrecked Peyton kisses Lucas. The two lose themselves in heated passion and almost have sex, but Lucas's necklace, which Brooke had given him, gets caught in Peyton's hair and they soon stop what they are doing. On their way home, Peyton tells Lucas to bury what happened and that it did not mean anything. A disappointed Lucas asks if it really did not, with Peyton shortly after saying, "Of course it did." The two remain secret lovers, though no sex is involved, and they finally declare their love for each other. Stolen kisses are shared, but they know that it is wrong and that they should both tell Brooke. On the night that they decide to tell Brooke, Lucas gets into a car accident, which brings back painful memories for Peyton because her mother had died in a car crash. Lucas subsequently goes into a coma. When Lucas finally comes home from the hospital, he breaks up with Brooke with an explanation of their relationship not being the best thing for right now. Peyton comes to comfort Lucas for his return, but soon avoids Lucas after realizing how much the breakup is hurting Brooke. Lucas, who feels he has to see Peyton, sneaks out of his house to go see her. As the two begin to talk, Lucas suddenly falls back on her bed with a high fever. Peyton calls Karen to meet the two at the hospital. But Brooke is with Karen at the time and goes to check on Lucas; she catches the two through Peyton's webcam being affectionate in more than just a friendly way, as a passionate kiss is shared between them. Lucas's computer is on, with Peyton's website up on his screen. Peyton ends their secret affair and explains that they are hurting Brooke too much, and says that she does not want to be "a bad person". Lucas is crushed, as well as Peyton. Later that night, Brooke stops by Peyton's and explains she saw her friend and her ex together. She breaks off their friendship. Lucas watches the event unravel on Peyton's webcam Peyton continues to avoid Lucas while Brooke continues to avoid Peyton. Brooke declares her friendship with Peyton to be over, but they soon bond over a cheerleading event in Charlotte. After that, Brooke shuns Peyton once again. Peyton begins spending more time with Luke's best friend, Haley James, and with Jake Jagielski, along with Jake's daughter, Jenny. Eventually her friendship with Lucas is slowly reformed, the two even attending a party together at Nathan's apartment. But at the party, Peyton and Nicki, Jake's ex and Jenny's mother, fight. Peyton realizes Nicki is the girl Lucas hooked up with at a bar, shortly after getting dumped by Peyton. Peyton is furious and feels betrayed, along with Brooke. This draws a wedge between Lucas and Peyton, but reconciles the friendship between Brooke and Peyton. The season ends with Peyton spending more time with Jake, and helping him escape from Nicki, who tries to take their daughter from Jake's grasp. Peyton's relationship with Lucas remains broken.
Season 2EditIn b season two, Peyton at first goes through a difficult time. Although at first she has initial success with getting an all-ages club TRIC opened, and with encouraging Haley to perform at the club, which eventually fuels Haley's desire to be a singer, Peyton begins to get involved with cocaine. She feels alone, as her father is away again, and she does not know where Jake is. She feels down that everyone is dealing with their issues and not helping her or realizing that she is upset or going through a very difficult time in her life. She is accused of being a lesbian by Felix Taggaro and faces public humiliation when he writes DYKE on her locker, just so his sister, Anna Taggaro, will not get upset by talk of her being a lesbian (it is later revealed that Anna is bisexual, though she also uses the word "gay" to assert her sexuality).
Hope comes for Peyton when just as she is about to fall off her mantle and buy some cocaine, Jake comes back into her life. It turns out that an argument between Lucas and Peyton made Lucas realize that he had not been there for Peyton, and knew he could not pick up the pieces of her broken heart. As a result, he was the one who called Jake, knowing that Jake would have a positive effect on her. This does, and sparks a turnaround for Peyton, and she and Jake fall in love. But this happiness is short-lived as Nicki comes back wanting custody of Jenny. Nicki eventually takes Jenny away from Jake and runs off, causing Jake to run after her, which leaves Peyton alone and heartbroken. Soon, someone named Ellie Harp gets in contact with Peyton saying that she is from Alternative Press magazine and wants to do an interview. But when Peyton starts receiving some strange e-mails from someone named 'WATCHMEWATCHU', she begins to suspect that it is Ellie. Ellie, however, denies sending the e-mails and shockingly informs Peyton that she is Peyton's mother. The finale ends with a crying, bewildered Peyton on a beach, and Lucas coming to comfort her. "Looks like it's just me and you this summer," is his response, and the two share a very meaningful hug.
Peyton learns that her biological mother is still alive and that her name is Ellie Harp. Lucas witnesses Ellie purchasing drugs, but he learns that she was buying them for medical reasons, as she has breast cancer. Meanwhile, Peyton is angry with Haley because she left Tree Hill to go on tour, but soon they make amends, and Peyton reveals that her hostility toward Haley was because she was the only one that came back out of all the people who have left her. Peyton soon grows close to Ellie, and they collaborate on a CD called "Friends With Benefit", which benefits breast cancer research, and will also have a concert at TRIC. Amongst the performers are Haley James Scott, Fall Out Boy, Jack's Mannequin and Nada Surf. Unfortunately, Ellie dies before she sees the CD or the concert, leaving Peyton devastated.
A school shooting breaks out, and Peyton is left fighting for her life after being shot. She was with Brooke when the event unraveled, but Brooke fled the building without knowing Peyton was not behind her. Brooke tells Lucas that Peyton is still inside, having Lucas then run inside the building to save his friend; he finds her bleeding out of her leg inside the school's library. Peyton cannot walk due to the injury, so escaping is out of the question. Lucas and Peyton stay in hiding. Lucas wraps her leg, hoping to help the bleeding and pain subside, but as Peyton is falling out of consciousness, he forces her to talk about a fun day she once had. Minutes later, after earning a promise from Lucas about everything being okay, Peyton loses the hope of her surviving, despite Lucas's promise to get her out of there alive, and kisses Lucas; letting him know that she loves him before she passes out. However, Lucas returns the kiss. Peyton falls unconscious. Lucas not wanting her to die, carries her out of the building, even at the risk of being killed by the shooter.
Before Ellie passes away, she leaves a piece of advice to Peyton regarding Peyton's love life. Peyton decides to give love another try and dates Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy. Their relationship does not work out, since Pete is busy with touring. Peyton's father tells her to follow her heart and listen to it, so Peyton decides to give Jake a visit in Savannah; she knows that she still loves him and feels that this will be enough for them to be happy. She renews her relationship with Jake and Jenny, and even goes far enough to propose marriage to Jake, who gladly accepts. But that happiness fades once Jake overhears Peyton say, "I love you, Lucas," in her sleep. Peyton is then forced to confront Jake about the kiss she and Lucas shared on the day of the shooting. Jake figures that while Peyton loves him, she is in love with Lucas. He tells her to go back to Tree Hill, and to find out if Lucas is still in her heart. If he is not, Jake promises to still be there, waiting. Peyton does as Jake has advised. In the season three finale, Brooke ends her friendship once again with Peyton after Peyton tells her that she still has romantic feelings for Lucas. Lucas later tells Brooke about the kiss in the library. At the end of the episode, Peyton burns pictures of herself with Brooke. She then picks up a picture of the three of them (herself, Brooke and Lucas) and burns it. The season ends with Haley and Nathan renewing their vows, and Peyton is left at odds with Brooke.
Season 4EditPeyton discovers that she has a half brother named Derek and, with prompting from Lucas, agrees to meet him. But the guy she meets isn't her half-brother, but an internet stalker who is the owner of the "WATCHMEWATCHU" emails and has been taking pictures of her, listening to her podcast, watching her on her webcam, and even going so far as to get a tattoo of Ellie's drawing of her on his back and making a prostitute dress like Peyton before they had sex. Unaware of all this and, in an attempt to be more trusting, Peyton accepts him. However, Lucas soon grows suspicious of this 'Derek' when he catches him sniffing Peyton's hair during a hug and finds Peyton's jacket, which had gone missing, on the beaten prostitute still dressed as Peyton. Peyton soon realizes the truth and, in a terrifying encounter, is manhandled and nearly molested by "Psycho Derek". Lucas and the real Derek come to her rescue, pushing him out a window, but by the time the police show up, he has disappeared. The event causes Peyton to withdraw into herself, becoming scared and even skipping school and getting four locks on her bedroom door. Derek, who is in the Marine Corps and unwilling to open his heart to people after trying that at first only to watch them die, avoids Peyton until Lucas comes and talks some sense into him. He and Peyton develop a healthy sibling relationship and he helps her come to terms with her fear, not only of Derek but of confessing her feelings to Lucas. Peyton is unwilling to ruin the friendship that she and Lucas have, especially until she is sure that he and Brooke are over. At Derek's encouragement, she asks Lucas to a banquet to honor Whitey, only to find out he is going with Brooke. Disappointed, she takes Derek instead. Derek tells her that he is being deployed to Iraq. That night Lucas comes over to Peyton's to tell her that it is finally over between him and Brooke. She immediately confesses that she's in love with him, to which Lucas just says "Oh." It's not until after winning the state finals that Lucas realizes that it is Peyton he wants and the two start dating, officially this time. Lucas has a heart attack that same night and almost dies, causing Peyton to fear that she will lose him like everyone else and get distant. However, she and Lucas soon resolve this and decide to just be happy.
They decide to go all the way during a party in the room where Peyton first rejected Lucas in Season One, but they are interrupted when Peyton hears everyone cat-calling at what she thinks is a sex tape of her and Nathan. When Lucas and Peyton rush out to put an end to the tape, they, and everyone else, discover that it is in fact, of Nathan and Brooke. Peyton is enraged at Brooke and punches her, giving Brooke a black eye. Later, while at home, she yells at Brooke that she didn't ruin their friendship. Brooke ruined it a long time ago. Following this, Peyton decides to skip prom, but gets convinced not to do so by Nathan. As she walks to her door to answer it (thinking it's Lucas) the man behind the door turns around and it's actually her stalker, Psycho Derek. He ties her up in her basement and proceeds to make a mock prom for them. Brooke arrives, knowing that Peyton would never skip prom. Psycho Derek tries to kill Brooke, but Peyton pretends to want to do it. Instead, she stabs him. Together, they then defeat him and he ends up in jail. She begins having visions of him and visits him in jail and discovers he was stalking her because she looked like his dead girlfriend. Telling him they both forgive him, she tells him to never come back to her. She then lives together with Brooke, with whom she has made up with. After getting Lucas' consent, she decides to take an internship in L.A. and thus spent the whole summer with Brooke.
Missing yearsEditPeyton moves to Los Angeles to work for Sire Records. She misses Lucas so much that she buys a copy of Lucas’ book, An Unkindness of Ravens, every time she saw it. Lucas comes to Los Angeles shortly after he and Nathan lead Gilmore College to the national basketball championship and asked Peyton to marry him. She turned him down, stating that while she wanted to marry Lucas someday, she wasn't ready for it right then and there. A devastated Lucas left her the following morning, abruptly ending their relationship.
Peyton began a relationship with movie producer Julian Baker after meeting him for the second time outside Lucas' book signing where she sees Lindsey kiss Lucas. The two move into Peyton's apartment and fall in love. Julian breaks up with Peyton after tiring of her clear obsession for An Unkindness Of Ravens. After breaking up with Julian, Peyton was heartbroken to find a tabloid story about how he went to Sundance and slept with an A-list actress. Distraught, Peyton was unaware that Julian's father, Paul Norris had planted the story and she began to resent Julian and believe him to be worse than he actually was. While in LA, Peyton starts to miss Lucas and returns to Tree Hill for him.
Season 5EditIt is four years later since high school graduation. Peyton works as the assistant to the assistant, as her boss likes to remind her. Unable to make it in the music business and fearing to lose her integrity, she decides to quit and goes back to Tree Hill with her old best friend, Brooke Davis, and soon moves in with her. Her reunion with Lucas turns out to not be what she wished for, as he has a new girlfriend and it becomes obvious she still loves him. She forces Nathan to come to terms with what he's become. Finally feeling home and with the moral help from Lucas and the financial backing of Brooke she starts her own label at Tric recruiting her first band, led by a guy named Jason, quite soon but things get rocky and Haley convinces her to fire him and keep Mia, the keyboard player, as she is the true heart of the group. She also struggles with her feelings towards Lucas, especially since his girlfriend tries to be nice to her but soon antagonizes her after visiting her old house and remembering how she thought she'd always be with Lucas. This then escalates into a fight with him as he confronts her about not being the same Peyton he used to know but she retorts that he gave up on the two of them. She then realizes herself and reveals to Lucas that she came back to Tree Hill for him and that she still loves him. She kisses him, and he kisses back but when she goes by his house, she finds out he has just proposed to Lindsey. After the initial shock, she tells him that if it is what he wants, she will bury her romantic feelings for him but winds up lashing out at Lindsey when Lindsey pushes her buttons as they are stuck in Tree Hill High's library. Peyton regrets her hostile remarks toward Lindsey when she discovers Lindsey's dad died from cancer, which prompts the two to start from a clean slate regarding their interaction.
Peyton tricks her former boss into helping her launch Mia under her label. She goes to Lucas's bachelor party with Chase, Brooke's former boyfriend, to seem like she is over Lucas. Chase and Peyton kiss to make Lucas and Brooke jealous after they catch them watching. On Lucas and Lindsey's wedding day, Peyton puts on a brave face while watching her true love say "I do" to another woman. Although the wedding ends up falling apart, she is still hurt because Lucas went through with his wedding vows. After apologizing to him, she focuses on making Haley's new album and helping Brooke with baby Angie. Feeling guilty, she tries to have Lindsey reconcile with Lucas, but Lindsey tells her to read his book. One night, Peyton finds Lucas drunk at a bar and gets him home, where he utters that he hates her. Distraught, she starts to spend her time throwing water balloons on people as a form of therapy and later paints "Love song" from the Cure on the River Court to tell Lucas that she will always be in love with him, after which he apologizes for saying that he hates her. During this time, Peyton also received word from Mia about a man who claimed to have known her biological mother Ellie. From what was given, this man could've possibly been her biological father. Shortly after this, Lucas called either Peyton, Lindsey, or Brooke and asked them if they wanted to get married in Vegas.
It was soon discovered that the person whom Lucas called was Peyton. She arrived at the airport and the two hopped on a plane to Vegas to get married. Once they got there, they realized that the chapel was too trashy, so they did not get married. Instead, they drove to L.A. and Lucas proposed to her in the same hotel room that he did years before. The two were still in L.A. during Brooke's attack. After Brooke called Peyton and sounded weird, Lucas and Peyton decided to head back to Tree Hill and have the wedding there instead. Peyton saw Brooke beaten up, but Brooke lied by claiming that she fell down the stairs, and Peyton hesitantly believed her. After finding out about Quentin's death, she saw Brooke throwing clothes out of her store. Brooke then began to yell at Peyton, asking for her house key back in order to feel safe in her home. She later apologized for this. Peyton also comforted Lucas after Q's death and told him the wedding could wait until everything was back to normal.
Peyton met a famous musician named Mick Wolf, who used to know Ellie. He was the one who asked Mia about Peyton during the tour. He kept dodging around the subject of Peyton's real father, but said a little more about him each time Peyton brought him up. Peyton continued to get to know Mick and continued to ask about her real father. Then, something inside her snapped after she asked him why her parents gave her up. He replied, "We... I mean they, had a tough decision." Mick accidentally had let the truth slip out, and suddenly Peyton realized this was her father. She invited him over for a nice dinner together but instead of showing up, he went and got drunk at a bar after being sober for a year (as shown by a sobriety chip in his pocket).
She and Lucas have also set a date for their wedding, which causes conflict between Lucas and Lindsey with regards to the book tour for Luke's new book, The Comet. Peyton goes to the studio and finds Mick passed out on a pool table. She wakes him up and she goes off on him, and he reveals he truly is Peyton's biological father. He also tells her that the sobriety chip was Ellie's during her pregnancy with Peyton. Peyton puts up all her emotional walls and is angry with him for not being upfront with her about who he is. She tells him to leave. Not long afterwards, during a visit to Brooke's, Brooke tells Peyton the truth about how she got all the bruises on her body. Peyton is later seen on the phone with Larry, her adoptive father. She tells him how much she loves him. Peyton reads an article in B. Davis Magazine that tells her that couples moving in together know less about each other than they think they do. Peyton and Lucas soon realize this and decide to lock themselves in the house until they are used to living with each other. They play fun little games with each other, like criticizing each other's choices in food and music, to putting a line of tape down the center of the house to split it into two. Eventually, the two decide to accept their differences since it's what makes them such an amazing couple.
Peyton reconnects with her biological brother Derek, who has returned from the war. They talk about their father Mick and how Derek once asked him to play a USO concert and that Mick never gave him an answer. Peyton decides it's a great idea and says she will put one together. Later she goes to Tric to meet up with Lucas and a guy named Julian, who is interested in making a movie out of Lucas' first novel. Julian was asking Lucas a lot of questions about Peyton before she got there. She runs into Julian near the bathroom, and it is soon revealed that he is her ex-boyfriend. Three weeks go by and Peyton still has not told Lucas the truth about her romantic history with Julian. They first met a year after Peyton's graduation after Peyton turned down the engagement, and ran into each other again a year later after Peyton leaves Lucas' L.A. book signing. Julian convinces Peyton to accompany him to a party, and the two begin dating after that. They move in together and fall in love, but Julian leaves after realizing Peyton still loves Lucas. In the present, Lucas goes to Julian's hotel room to give him the completed movie script for Ravens and finds a picture of Peyton and Julian together. He steals the picture and shows it to Peyton. Lucas then angrily walks away with a nervous Peyton staring at the photograph. Peyton throws a USO concert in which Angels and Airwaves, Mia, and Haley play. She continues to connect with her brother Derek and clash with Julian over Lucas and his movie.
Peyton collapses on the floor, clutching her side in pain as she crashes down. Mia visits Peyton and Peyton is concerned that Mia is not focused on her work. She suggests to Mia that she listen to a CD of songs she could possibly sing, and they clash because Mia writes all of her own songs. Eventually, Peyton gives up on Mia and asks her to leave the label. Meanwhile, Peyton goes to the doctor regarding her pain, and tells the doctor about Ellie's cancer, which concerns him. She is seen looking at a website with different cancer types on it before the doctor calls her. Her tearful face after the phone call predicts trouble ahead.
Peyton later finds out that she does not have cancer, but is actually pregnant. She tells Lucas first, and Haley finds out in her own time, but Peyton seems hesitant to share her news with Brooke because she knows how much Brooke wanted a family. Peyton does eventually tell Brooke, and Brooke is truly happy for her. Sam also tells Julian about the pregnancy and he says he is happy for Lucas and Peyton. The couple babysits Jamie and Andre as a "practice" for when their child comes, and even though it is hard at times, Jamie and Andre say that they are "the coolest", and they know they will make great parents someday.
Peyton catches the drift that Brooke and Julian are starting a romantic relationship and warns Brooke that after she broke up with him, he slept with an A-list actress after his movie premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Later, she receives a visit from Julian's dad, with whom she seems to have a great relationship with, and he tells her that Julian not only did not have sex with a famous actress after Sundance, but did not even go to his own movie premiere because he was so depressed after their breakup. Peyton tells this to Brooke, and Brooke decides that Julian is worth the trouble, and Brooke and Julian officially start a romantic relationship. Peyton becomes hormonal as a result of her pregnancy and attempts to deal with both the wedding gift registry and baby gift registry at the same time without Lucas' help, since he's so busy with the movie. She attempts to put together a crib given to them as a gift from Karen and Andy, but she does not do well since the instructions are in Italian. She also has a "baby-proofer" come over, who turns out to be Skills.
Peyton has her first ultrasound but is upset because she thinks that Lucas is too busy to come and has forgotten, but Lucas surprises her by coming, and the two get to hear their baby's heartbeat for the first time. In the midst of Lucas showing Peyton a surprise nursery, Peyton feels a jolt in her stomach, and sees a doctor. She has been feeling pregnancy pains since early on, but did not tell Lucas because she did not want him to worry and believed it to be nothing. Lucas and Peyton learn that Peyton has placenta praevia and that having this baby could mean the end of Peyton's life. Lucas, afraid of raising a child that has to go through the same motherless state Peyton did, tries to guilt her into an abortion. Peyton goes on to say if the child's a girl, she wants to name it Anna. If it's a boy, Sawyer. However, in the end, they both decide to have the child as Peyton says, "We're going to be dancing at this kid's wedding, and spoiling our grandkids. This is it, Luke. I'm having this baby." To which Lucas responds, "No, we're having this baby."
Peyton, Haley, and Mia continue to work on Mia's new album, but for the first song, "Manhattan in the Sky", the label wants Mia to play the song on guitar instead of piano, and they eventually decide to do as the label asks. Peyton and Mia also take Haley on as a full-time producer now that she has been fired. Peyton visits Anna's grave and asks her to watch over her and the baby and to make sure everything ends up alright. She later sits at home drawing different flashback scenes of her and Lucas. Brooke comes to her, seeking relationship advice about Julian, as Brooke is confused about whether or not to return to L.A. with him. Peyton tells her to trust her intuition, and reminds her of what happened when she herself turned down Lucas's proposal. Peyton goes on to see Julian, and she tells him that Brooke is undecided about what to do. She says that in the event she turns him down, it is not because she does not care; her heart's just been guarded a long time. In the end, Peyton finishes a sketch of her and Lucas together, and she pulls out a container of different drawings that chronicle her life and relationship with Lucas. In it, she stores her last drawing, signed "Love, Mom." The container also holds a photograph of her and Ellie at birth, and a benefit album she made. The container is for the baby. Lucas and Peyton talk, and it is revealed neither of them told Brooke or Nathan about the pregnancy problems. Peyton is driving down the road in the Comet with the top down listening to Mia's new song and loving life. She stops at a red light and when it turns green, she begins driving but a big black SUV runs a red light and hits her on the right extremely hard. Amazingly, both Peyton and the baby are fine. Lucas tells Brooke that Peyton's condition is called placental previa and that during her pregnancy or delivery she might hemorrhage. Lucas forces her to go on bedrest while he goes to assess the damage on the Comet. She tells Haley she wants her to finish producing Mia's new album so Peyton can be there in spirit, but Haley and Mia decide to bring the recording studio to her house because they are, and always will be, a team.
Approximately one month later, Peyton makes a video for the baby in which she spills her heart out about how grateful she is for her friends. She recommends the baby turns on her iPod which features the Honorary Title, the Cure, and Audioslave if she ever encounters difficulties in her life. Lucas catches her making the video. Alarmed, he takes the container away and tells her to stop the video. Peyton goes on to say it's all for 'just in case' but Lucas says that there is no 'just in case', that they'll be fine. Peyton still wants to get married before the delivery. Lucas, believing it to be because of her condition, turns away with the container. Peyton stops the video, frustrated. Brooke and Peyton talk, with Brooke telling Peyton she's planning to adopt Sam, and both of them express how glad they are to have each other. A baby shower is thrown for Peyton, and Brooke, Mia, Sam, and Haley all attend. Haley makes a scrapbook for Peyton. Mia shows Peyton photos of herself, and asks Peyton to decide which should be featured on her album. The group then poses in a photo together. Lucas spends time in the garage repairing the Comet with his nephew, Jamie. Together, they go through the container, and reflect upon the past. Jamie calls Lucas his own personal Keith Scott and Lucas responds he likes to think of himself as such. The baby shower ends, and Peyton and Lucas are on the couch. Lucas tells her that he wants to get married to her sooner, not because she might die beforehand, but because he loves her, and wants her to be his wife. Lucas and Peyton are married at the lake where they first met, and Haley is the minister.
After the reception, Lucas and his new wife go home and Peyton collapses on the floor while waiting for Lucas' surprise. Lucas walks in the house and finds Peyton unconscious on the floor in a pool of blood. Peyton is rushed into hospital by a blood-covered Lucas, who begs her not to leave him. Peyton goes through an emergency caesarean section, and falls into a coma. The caesarean section is successful and she has a daughter, whom she christens Sawyer Brooke Scott. She later awakes with Lucas and Brooke by her side. Dan visits Peyton and she, after some hesitation, allows Dan to hold Sawyer. Lucas and Peyton then leave Tree Hill with their daughter for a new beginning in their lives together as husband and wife.
Season 7EditAccording to Mark Schwan, Lucas and Peyton are traveling the world; they are spending time with Karen and her partner Andy, and Lucas is writing a new book. In the season opener, Jamie celebrates his seventh birthday, his second without his uncle. Lucas sends Jamie the basketball which was given to him by Keith on Lucas's seventh birthday. In the card, Lucas says he and Peyton miss Jamie every day. She is also missed by all her other close friends, especially Brooke.
Peyton is still travelling the world with her family and in-laws. Shortly after her engagement to Julian, Brooke calls Peyton ("Asleep At Heaven's Gate"). Unfortunately, Peyton and Lucas could not attend Brooke's wedding as Sawyer was ill and the family was unable to travel ("The Other Half Of Me").
Peyton was raised by Larry and Anna Sawyer in a loving and caring household. Tragically, when Peyton was 8 years old Anna died in a car accident, rushing to fetch Peyton from school. Anna's death devastated Peyton and she was left emotionally scarred by losing her mother at a young age. Larry was forced to raised Peyton as a single parent from there on, although due to his work Peyton was often alone and heavily depended on her best friend Brooke.
At 17, Peyton discovered that she was adopted by her parents when her biological mother Ellie Harp came to Tree Hill to gain a relationship with Peyton. At first Peyton wanted nothing to do with Ellie but once she found out Ellie had cancer and was dying the two grow close and Peyton saw Ellie as her second mother. When Ellie passed away Peyton was hit hard especially since she had now lost both her mothers and just after she found Ellie. A few years later she meant her biological father Mick Wolf but the two had a rocky relationship and after meeting Mick, Peyton realised the importance of Larry in her life. Through Mick Peyton has a half-brother Derek Sommers and while at the beginning of their relationship Derek wanted nothing to do with Peyton after her attack (by Ian) the two formed a close bond, with Derek acting as the protective older brother.
Peyton then married Lucas Scott and gained a larger extended family although many of who she was already very close to for example her mother-in-law Karen Roe and sister-in-law Haley James Scott. And the two expanded their family with their daughter, Sawyer Brooke Scott.
- Peyton is a unisex name of Old English origin, possibly related to the name Patrick or Patrica. The meaning of the name is "noblewoman" or "fighting man's estate"
- Other spellings of Peyton include Payton, Peyden, Peydon, Peyten, Peytin, Peytyn and Peighton.
- Elizabeth is a feminine name of Hebrew origin. The meaning of the name is "consecrated to God".
- Other spellings of the name Elizabeth include Elisabeth,
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- Her middle name is her real mother's name.
- Peyton's favorite Starburst flavor is orange.
- She loves The Cure.
- She used to go through red lights all the time, but, ironically, it was when she went through a green light that she was hit.
- Her saddest song of all time is "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang.
- When she was a kid, each year she would steal a birthday present for Brooke and then pay for it later (her Dad was friends with the manager of the store).
- Her happiest song is "Happy Birthday", or "pretty much every song that ends with cake."
- Peyton is the only main female character (besides Deb and Karen) to not appear in Season 7 and Season 8.
- Prior to her departure after season 6, she appeared in 129 of the first 130 episodes (was absent from season 2, episode 12, Between Order And Randomness.
- Peyton is one of the only four main characters to not appear in the ninth and final season. The others are Karen, Whitey and Rachel.
- Peyton was attacked by Ian Banks twice.
- Brooke kept a photo of herself and Peyton in her own bedroom, placed on her dressing table or in her night table, and one on her fridge.
- Hilarie Burton was asked to return various times during seasons 7-9. She responded yes back when season 7 was airing but Chad was too busy, so Mark Schwann had no interest in her returning without Lucas by her side. Every other time she was asked, she responded no because of this.
- She wanted to name her daughter Annabelle "Anna" Elizabeth Sawyer Scott by giving the baby her surname as well but ended by naming her Sawyer Brooke Scott.
- Peyton said she would "always" remain Peyton Sawyer no matter who she married.
- Mark Schwahn named her character after his high school girlfriend, Peyton Sawyer. He stated that Peyton is very similar to his girlfriend and he loved her deeply.
- She's the only core girl who is not a godmother.
- She has antagonized two women, Brooke and Lindsey because of her love for Lucas.