Did the Gilmores REALLY Grow By the Show's End?

Admit it: you've probably cycled through Gilmore Girls two or three times right now. From the first time you saw Lorelai and Rory gab at Luke's to their last moments chatting at the diner, you were in it for the long haul. And, throughout all the weddings, pregnancies, Luke-and-Lorelai banter-fests, and endless cups of coffee, you've probably forgotten how perfectly the finale bookends the pilot, leaving you with all the Gilmore Girls feels from now until the end of time.

I actually had the distinct joy of reliving Gilmore Girls for the first time when it landed on Netflix. It was a delight to see the Gilmore girls grow throughout the years... you know, within the confines of a dark month in November. Rory blossomed from a shy, brainy 15-year-old to a Yale graduate tailing the Obama campaign. And Lorelai... Lorelai owns an Inn now. OK, so maybe the Gilmores didn't change as much as we thought they would. But the pilot and finale respectively show important overlaps where it counts, and interesting parallels if you squint real, real close.

Unconvinced? We put together a diagram that proves what the two have in common, as well as everything that changed.

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