THEN AND NOW: 'Gilmore Girls' characters on their first and last episodes

Warner BrosThe characters grew and changed a lot during the original seven season of the show.
  • It’s been nearly 20 years since “Gilmore Girls” premiered on The WB.
  • The show followed Rory Gilmore from high school through her college graduation, and most of the characters grew a lot during that time period.
  • All three Gilmore girls – Emily, Lorelai, and Rory – had their ups and downs as far as their relationships with each other went.
  • Dean went from the new kid in town to a cynical divorcé, Jess from a troublemaker to an established author, and Logan from a playboy to a heartbroken dumpee.
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The WB’s original “Gilmore Girls” series ran for seven seasons from 2000 to 2007.

The titular Gilmore girls Lorelai (Lauren Graham), Rory (Alexis Bledel), and Emily (Kelly Bishop) easily stole the show, but the series also captivated fans with its ensemble cast of quirky characters and the charming, hometown feel of Stars Hollow.

Although many of these characters later appeared on the Netflix revival “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life,” here’s how every character started and ended on the original seven seasons.

Warning: This slideshow contains spoilers for “Gilmore Girls”


Lorelai Gilmore worked hard to get her career and romantic life where she wanted them by the end of the series.

The WB/ The CWLorelai got the job she wanted and ended up with the right person.

First seen: season one, episode one as a coffee-loving single mum working as a manager of an inn.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a coffee-loving mum who now owns her own inn, found love with the man who once just served her coffee, and rekindled a supportive relationship with her parents.


Rory Gilmore grew from a soft-spoken high-school student to an Ivy League graduate who landed a killer first job.

The WB/ The CWRory ultimately achieved her career goals.

First seen: season one, episode one as a shy high schooler still trying to figure out what she wanted from life.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a Yale graduate about to go work as a reporter on Barack Obama’s campaign.


Luke Danes found the love of his life.

The WB/ The CWLuke finally ended up with Lorelai.

First seen: season one, episode one as a cranky diner owner who was clearly Lorelai’s soul mate, even though neither of them could see it yet.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a slightly less-cranky diner owner who finally realised Lorelai was the missing piece in his life.


Emily Gilmore loosened up and learned how to love her daughter in her own way.

The WB/ The CWLorelai and Emily ended things on good terms.

First seen: season one, episode one as Lorelai’s estranged mother.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a very present mother and grandmother, even if the three women don’t always get along.


Richard Gilmore earned his daughter’s love.

The WB/ The CWRichard grew closer to his family.

First seen: season one, episode one as Lorelai’s distant father, who doesn’t quite know how to connect with her.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as Lorelai’s proud father, who can learn as much from his daughter as she can from him.


Lane Kim stopped having to hide who she was from her mum.

The WB/ The CWLane grew up a lot over the course of the show.

First seen: season one, episode one as Rory’s best friend who has to hide pretty much every aspect of her life from her controlling mother.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a married mum of twins who doesn’t let anything hold her back from loving music and chasing her dreams.


Sookie helped Lorelai open their own inn and found love and a family of her own.

The WB/ The CWSookie got everything she dreamed about in life.

First seen: season one, episode one as Lorelai’s best friend who’s an amazing cook, but a bit klutzy and quirky.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a married mother of two (and one on the way) who’s still quirky and talented in the kitchen, but now a co-owner of the Dragonfly Inn with Lorelai.


Christopher Hayden grew a lot as a dad throughout the series.

The WB/ The CWChristopher became more present in Rory’s life.

First seen: season one, episode 14 as Rory’s dad and Lorelai’s ex, who was still living a carefree life pretty much devoid of parental responsibilities.

Last seen: season seven, episode 21 as a father who steps up and is present for both his new daughter, Gigi, and for Rory.


Dean loved and lost Rory on more than one occasion throughout the series.

The WBDean and Rory went through lots of ups and downs.

First seen: season one, episode one as the new kid in town and Rory’s first love interest.

Last seen: season five, episode 18 as a cynical divorcé who thinks that Luke and Lorelai are as doomed as he and Rory were.


Jess Mariano got his act together and even wrote a book.

The WBJess grew a lot as a person.

First seen: season two, episode five as Luke’s troublemaker nephew who came to Stars Hollow to get on the right path.

Last seen: season six, episode 18 as an established author with his own, small publishing company.


Logan left the show heartbroken.

The WB/ The CWLogan went from a playboy to Rory’s most serious boyfriend.

First seen: season five, episode three as a playboy Yale student whom Rory couldn’t stand.

Last seen: season seven, episode 21 as a heartbroken dumpee after Rory turned down his marriage proposal and chose to go live her own life instead of starting one with Logan.


Paris learned how to let people into her life and go with the flow.

The WB/ The CWThrough all the ups and downs, Rory and Paris become best friends.

First seen: season one, episode two as Rory’s academic rival at Chilton Preparatory School.

Last seen: season seven, episode 21 as Rory’s best friend and fellow Yale graduate.


Doyle graduated from college and found love.

The WB/ The CWDoyle found love with Paris in the end.

First seen: season four, episode eight as the editor of the Yale Daily News, which Rory joins as a freshman at the university.

Last seen: season seven, episode 21 as Paris’ committed boyfriend, no matter how much they might fight.


Mrs. Kim learned how to love her daughter despite their differences.

The WB/ The CWMrs. Kim and Lane both grew throughout the series.

First seen: season one, episode one as Lane’s strict, overbearing mother.

Last seen: season seven, episode 16 as a more understanding mother who helps Lane prepare for having twins and starts to accept her daughter for who she is.


Miss Patty was still the queen of Stars Hollow at the end of the series.

The WB/ The CWMiss Patty was always a big part of the small town.

First seen: season one, episode one as the owner of Stars Hollow’s dance studio with her finger on the pulse of the town gossip.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as someone still very much involved in the town goings-on who is instrumental in helping Rory’s goodbye party come together.


Michel’s cranky heart melted a little through the seasons.

The WB/ The CWMichel grew to love the town and his friends.

First seen: season one, episode one as a cranky desk manager at the Independence Inn.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a cranky desk manager at the Dragonfly Inn, but one whose heart can occasionally be softened by his dogs and the right people.


Jackson went from Sookie’s vegetable guy to her husband.

The WB/ The CWJackson fell in love with Sookie.

First seen: season one, episode two as the vegetable and fruit supplier for the Independence Inn.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a father and Sookie’s husband with a still-successful produce business.


Babette remained involved in Lorelai and Rory’s lives.

The WB/ The CWBabette always loved the Gilmore girls.

First seen: season one, episode two as Lorelai and Rory’s friendly and often overly concerned neighbour.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as someone who makes sure Rory’s going-away party isn’t ruined by the rain because she would still do anything for the Gilmore girls.


Morey was a loving husband to Babette and a chill Stars Hollow townie through the series.

The WBMorey didn’t change much throughout the series, but he remained a loving husband to Babette.

First seen: season one, episode two as Babette’s husband and Lorelai and Rory’s neighbour.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as an excited partygoer at Rory’s going-away party who remained a dedicated husband and townie throughout the show.


Taylor Doose served Stars Hollow well through the end of the series.

The WB/ The CWTaylor didn’t change one bit.

First seen: season one, episode seven as the proud local grocery-store owner and someone who loved to bicker with Luke about pretty much anything.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 still the town’s leader through and through, but a leader with an improved relationship with fellow business owner Luke.


Kirk elbowed his way onto the show and into the town’s heart.

The WB/ The CWKirk was always the no. 1 employee in Stars Hallow.

First seen: season one, episode five as a new employee at Doose’s market – however, the same actor appeared as Mick the DSL guy on episode two and “Swan Man” on episode three before taking on the role of Kirk.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a loving boyfriend to Lulu who still helps out around town wherever he’s needed.


Gypsy was another citizen of Stars Hollow who got to watch Rory grow up.

The WBGypsy was the mechanic in Stars Hollow.

First seen: season two, episode 12 as Stars Hollow’s resident mechanic.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as another loving Stars Hollow community member who wishes Rory well at her going-away party.


Zack got married and became a father.

The WB/ The CWZack grew up a lot during the show.

First seen: season three, episode four as the lead singer in Lane’s band.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as Lane’s husband, the father of her twins, and a supportive bandmate.


Max Medina found his way back to Chilton.

The WBLorelai’s ex-fiancé kept coming back.

First seen: season one, episode four as Rory’s teacher at Chilton and a love interest for Lorelai

Last seen: season three, episode 19 as he returns to Chilton after a stint teaching at Stanford and finds himself immediately drawn back to his former fiancée Lorelai – even though things clearly weren’t going to work out between them.


Liz Danes grew up so much.

The WB/ The CWLiz got married and had another child.

First seen: season four, episode 12 as Luke’s sister who moved home to try to get her life on track.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as a new mother with a budding jewellery business and a supportive husband.


TJ was always there for his family.

The WB/ The CWTJ became a great husband to Liz.

First seen: season four, episode 13 as Liz’s slightly annoying, but totally loving boyfriend.

Last seen: season seven, episode 16 as a father, husband, and homeowner who became someone Liz and their child could depend on.


Louise went from a snooty Chilton student to a party queen.

The WBLouise didn’t go down the same path as Rory and Paris.

First seen: season one, episode two as Paris’ snooty friend at Chilton.

Last seen: season four, episode 17 as a party girl who’s spending weeks in Florida for different colleges’ spring breaks.


Madeline followed right alongside Louise.

The WBMadeline and Louise were always partners in crime.

First seen: season one, episode two as Paris and Louise’s other friend at Chilton.

Last seen: season four, episode 17 as another spring breaker who’s still following along with whatever Louise wants to do.


Lulu fell for Stars Hollow’s quirkiest townie.

The WB/ The CWLulu made Kirk very happy.

First seen: season four, episode six as Kirk’s date who seemed to actually like him.

Last seen: season seven, episode 22 as Kirk’s happy and committed girlfriend who loves all his quirks.


April Nardini developed a close relationship with her father.

The WB/ The CWApril and Luke developed a close bond.

First seen: season six, episode nine as Luke’s daughter, even though he didn’t know who she was when she first visited his diner.

Last seen: season seven, episode 20 as a loving daughter who moves to New Mexico with her mum, but still regularly keeps in touch with Luke over the phone.

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