Evolving Protagonists

One of the best things about TV shows with around two or more seasons is the opportunity for these characters to grow. We then can’t help but compare who the character was at the beginning to the person they ended up becoming. Here are just a few examples that stand out to me.

1. Piper Chapman from “Orange Is The New Black”

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To be fair, there’s only been two seasons of OITNB so it might be hard to say this. But within these two seasons, the evolution of Piper has been nearly impossible to deny. She entered the prison as a scared and smart good girl who was certain that she didn’t belong there. Now, she has stopped whining around and started playing the game. She does what she has to in terms of getting by and she has finally started finding her way around. She’s turned into a hard and kind of ruthless person but she knows that her current attitude is more suitable for the prison than her old one was.

2. Miranda Hobbes, “Sex And The City”

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I pretty much already said this in the last post I did dedicated to this show. But I felt like it was completely necessary to include her on here. Miranda went from being a girl that was convinced she’d never find love in the city to a mother with a loving husband. Even her getting married was hilarious because she refused to have anything over the top. It took her a long time to figure out her love for Steve but the important thing is that she eventually accepted it and ended up having a beautiful life. (After Steve cheated on her and they went through marriage counseling but I try to ignore that ever happened)

3. Rory Gilmore from “Gilmore Girls”

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This is another character I’m sure people are sick of me talking about. Rory grew from a quiet introverted girl into a strong, independent, and self-assured woman. I’m sure a lot of this is because of the way her mother raised her but she found her voice and quickly learned how to use it. In the end, she chose a career over getting married to Logan which is an extremely mature decision in itself. It can be rather safe to go and marry your longtime boyfriend but Rory decided to go after becoming a journalist – something she always wanted.

4. Brooke Davis from “One Tree Hill”

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Brooke started out the series as that girl that was the random outsider that didn’t belong in terms of the Luke and Peyton love triangle. There was too many seasons dedicated to Peyton and Brooke, who were best friends, fighting over Luke. Towards the end of high school, Brooke and Lucas finally ended for good due to his love for Peyton and the girls made peace. After the four year jump, Brooke was a rich girl with a successful clothing company. Brooke also found love and ended up having twin boys and a happy life. She evolved tremendously, starting out as a cheerleader that couldn’t exactly find her footing to a mature and successful woman.

5. Meredith Grey from “Grey’s Anatomy”

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In the beginning, Meredith was known for her mommy issues and fear of commitment. She had one night stands due to lack of time and fear of committing until she had what was supposed to be a one night stand with Derek Shepard. There was tons of drama preventing the two from being together but they finally did. They got married and ending up having a family together. Although it’s not certain how the relationship will end, she still changed her ways completely.

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