“The beginning is the end” is a common refrain all over the small screen. When shows or characters are done with their stories and finally put out to pasture, you can often see the end that arrived in how all of these things began. The initial creative seed that somehow grew into a tree with branches spreading out plotlines, relationships, and final fates.
Aaaand sometimes absolutely none of that’s true; shows have just been flying by the seat of their pants. They consist of a bunch of completely random cars, filled with ideas, crashing into each other in various unexpected ways for both the creators and the audience. Either way, seeing how characters change from the first episode to the final is a good way to view the show as a whole. With that in mind, here are some first and last lines from some of the best characters on some of the best shows out there.
Seinfeld goes nowhere
Dale Cooper is broken by everything
The Doctor runs and doesn’t want to stop in Russell T Davies' Doctor Who
A coffee shop, Chandler, and Monica begin and end the show
Jeff meets Abed and that ruins him entirely
Hannibal is always there for those who need him
Sae-Byeok goes from hard and rebellious to broken over the course of Squid Game
House goes from patient, doctor to dead in his series before being Christ-like born again
Buffy goes from teen to queen in Buffy
Alexis Rose learns the main lesson, that it’s family, not material goods, that matter
The show starts with a King in the North and ends with a Queen
Suz grows to care in a healthier way in Orange is the New Black