“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.

The Doctor runs and doesn’t want to stop in Russell T Davies' Doctor Who

Doctor Who The Doctor (as written by Russell T Davies) First line: Run Last line: I don't want to go. The last line of the show is almost a response to the first. When Davies left, he went out speaking the truth - he didn't want to leave. And when he came into the show, the Doctor began running. Of course, all of this is moot now that Davies is coming back.

Source: Screen Rant

A coffee shop, Chandler, and Monica begin and end the show

Friends Monica and Chandler First line: Last line: Chandler: Monica: There's nothing to Sure! Where? tell! It's just some guy I work with! Monica and Chandler's relationship forms the backbone of the show, and the two say the first and last words - one in Central Perk about her relationship, and the final a joke from Chandler about the group going to Central Perk.

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Sae-Byeok goes from hard and rebellious to broken over the course of Squid Game

Kang Sae-Byeok Squid Game First Line: You took more from me than whatever I might possibly owe.  Last Line: I think I wanna go. I’d like to go home now. Sae-Byeok from the tough but beaten and rebellious fighter... to a girl who is broken, beaten, and dies in the Squid Game.

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House goes from patient, doctor to dead in his series before being Christ-like born again

Gregory House House, M.D. FIRST LINE “You see that? They all assume I’m a patient because of this cane.” LAST LINE “I’m dead, Wilson. How do you want to spend your last five months?”  House goes from worrying about being a patient to dying - with him either faking his death, as a way of reclaiming it, or with Wilson hallucinating him. Either way, the show ends with House reborn and on motorcycles with his buddy, riding off into the sunset. CRACKED.COM

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Buffy goes from teen to queen in Buffy

Buffy The Vampire Slayer FIRST LINE “I’m up, Mom!” LAST LINE No response.  She went from high school girl with her mom to savior of the world. Buffy's last actual line is Spike, but her telling silence when Willow asks her, What now? after her entire goal has been completed - that resonates more.

Source: Screen Rant

Alexis Rose learns the main lesson, that it’s family, not material goods, that matter

Alexis Rose Schitt's Creek FIRST LINE They’re taking our stuff. LAST LINE “Love you.”  Alexis Rose's first and last lines reflect her and her families' transformation, from people who care all about stuff and appearances - her first line spoken into a phone - into a family who loves each other.

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Suz grows to care in a healthier way in Orange is the New Black

Suz Orange is the New Black FIRST LINE I’m Sue. It’s short for Suzy. LAST LINE I never prepared them for life on the outside. Of course they’re doing drugs.  Suz's transformation is best reflected in her first line - spoken to Piper, who she becomes obsessed with - to her last - spoken about the chickens whom she's started taking care of (in a slightly healthier fashion than she tried taking care of Piper).

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Lucifer goes from apologetic to the Lord

Lucifer Lucifer First line: I am sorry. Last line: Oh my me. Lucifer's first line is apologizing to a cop who pulls him over for his sins, and his last is to himself, as his siblings kneel and he becomes the new God.

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Jack retires to let others take the lead

Jack Lost First line: Last line: Hey! Get over here! Give me a hand! Where are we going? Jack's first line is desperately trying to help the other crashed islanders on the beach, and his last line is united with his friends, as they move on, past the island, and past life altogether. Together.

Source: Screen Rant

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