Donald Trump ‘will win the election’ with God on his side, Christian evangelists claim


Another prominent evangelist has now come out in support of this message, suggesting Mr Trump’s stint in the White House is linked to Biblical prophecy.

Pastor Paul Begley of West Lafayette in Indiana, US, took to his YouTube channel to announce “there is no doubt” we are living in the end times.

The firebrand preacher hosts the weekly TV series The Coming Apocalypse and has more than 340,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel.

Pastor Begley believes President Trump’s predicted second term in office is one link in a chain of events that will lead to the end of the world.

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Donald Trump will win the election, according to a pair of evangelists (Image: GETTY)

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Donald Trump hopes to secure another term in the White House (Image: GETTY)

Following Mr Robertson’s prophecy announcement, Pastor Begley said: “I’m gonna say that I agree with him on that, I really do. Trump will win the election.”

According to the bizarre prophecy, President Trump’s second term in office will be marked by civil unrest and chaos.

Mr Robertson predicts at least two attempts on President Trump’s life will take place, followed by a war in Israel.

Then, he said God will instigate a five-year period of peace.

But the prophecy took a turn for the worse as the evangelist claimed an asteroid will strike the planet afterwards, possibly ending the world as we know it.

Pastor Begley concurred, saying all of this can be backed up by passages in the Bible.

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Pastor Paul Begley, The Coming Apocalypse

He said: “I can tell you if you study Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21, Daniel 7 and 8, Daniel 9, and then study 1 Thessalonians 4, 1 Thessalonians 5, 2 Thessalonians 2, also read 2 Peter 3, and then go read Revelation.

“You can definitely see the time we’re in. There’s no doubt about it, I mean, there’s not even a question about it guys. It’s unbelievable.”

And yet, none of these prophetic warnings seem to measure up to reality.

Not only is President Trump trailing behind in the polls, but there is also no asteroid or comet threatening to hit the planet in the next 100 years.

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Donald Trump is trailing behind Joe Biden in the latest polls (Image: GETTY)

As of October 23, Poll aggregator FiveThirtyEight gives Mr Biden a narrow lead over his opponent.

A Muhlenberg College polls carried out in Pennsylvania predicts a seven-point lead for the Democrat.

Another poll by EPIC-MRA in Michigan predicts a nine-point lead over Mr Trump.

And unless an asteroid unexpectedly materialises out of thin air in the next five years, our home planet will avoid a date with Armageddon.

The US space agency NASA said: “No known asteroid poses a significant risk of impact with Earth over the next 100 years.”

From a religious perspective, the Bible advises against attempts to predict when the world will end.

Jesus Christ himself revealed in the Gospels that no one, including Him, will know when the hour will strike.

Matthew 24 reads: “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

“As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

“For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away.

“That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.”

UFO sighting: Claim ‘Alien fleet’ spotted flying over California – ‘Something big going on

experts have been excitedly poring-over a supposedly strange sighting over the US skies this week, which some have outlandishly suggested is evidence of alien visitors. Amateur video has gone viral online in the past few days because it apparently depicts an anomaly over Oakland, California.


The 90 second-long poor-quality clip seems to show more than a dozen bright lights clearly visible against brilliant blue sky.

This is a lot of UFOs moving fast and low over Oakland, California three days ago

Scott Waring

The person shooting the footage on the smartphone is heard sounding slightly dumbstruck by what he is seeing.

Well-known alien life conspiracy theorist Scott Waring believes what the man has captured warrants further investigation.

Mr Waring took to his UFO Sightings Daily site to speculate about the highly-dubious discovery.

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UFO sighting: A video clip has supposedly captured an alien fleet over the US

UFO sighting: A video clip has supposedly captured an alien fleet over the US (Image: UFO Sightings Daily)

He said: “For the life of me I just could not see any wings on these objects in the sky, but just like the eyewitness.

“At first I thought it was a flock of birds, but its not.

“Guys, this is a lot of UFOs moving fast and low over Oakland, California three days ago.

“Something big is going on for so many UFO sightings world-wide to be occurring.

UFO sightings are often fake

UFO sightings are often fake (Image: Getty)

UFO sighting: This image was captured over Massachusetts

UFO sighting: This image was captured over Massachusetts in the 1950s (Image: Getty)

“UFOs often try to disguise themselves with cloaks, clouds, fog, impersonating planes and even trying to look like birds.

“Be warned, sometimes what you see are what aliens want you to see.”

The UFO enthusiast also includes quotes from the original – and unnamed – eyewitness of the so-called “fleet” of alien craft.

They said: “A friend and I went on our break at Walmart when we noticed a silver looking object crossing the sky.

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“The sun was reflecting off of it as it spun. At first I thought it was a helium balloon because of the colour but then my friend said it stopped moving.

“I then went to activate my video recorder on my phone but then noticed a V-shaped formation of white lights crossing the blue sky.

“I started recording them instead of the the silver thing.

“The V shaped suddenly changed into a C-shape as if on command.

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UFO sighting: A life conspiracy theorist Scott Waring believes the man captured a UFO fleet (Image: Express)

“I knew they were not birds because they were moving too fast and these things didn’t have wings flapping.

“They also stayed in perfect formation even when changing shape.

“They looked like Tic-Tacs or oval-shaped. No sound or exhaust.”

However, the latest sensationalist claims made Mr Waring are yet again easily debunked.

The video has captured nothing more exciting than a flock of white birds flying in formation.

YouTube Paul Stevenson is one of the scores of people who took to social media to discuss the incident.

He wrote: “You need to take the initiative to post videos of better quality.

“This spinning shaky camera work should not have been posted if you want people to take you and your subject matter seriously. And BTW, it was just birds.”

Trump called NYC a ‘ghost town’ and New Yorkers fired back with ‘Ghostbusters’ memes

President Donald Trump called New York City a “ghost town” during the third and (thank God) final debate on Thursday evening. 

New Yorkers, as New Yorkers are wont to do, rushed to defend their city. The jokes flew in because, quite frankly, as a New Yorker living in New York, the city is not a ghost town. Far from it. 

People made jokes about what kind of, erm, ghosts were in New York, including scenes from Ghostbusters. They also made memes because, well, of course. And people also posted images and videos of actual New York City, as bright and lively as the country’s largest city could be in a deadly pandemic. 

So no, New York is not a ghost town because the city was hit hard by the pandemic. Just ask a New Yorker. They are more than happy to tell you about it. 

Uber and Lyft drivers are employees, Californian appeals court affirms

The battle over Uber and Lyft drivers’ status saw a significant development Thursday. A Californian appeals court has unanimously upheld a ruling that the ride-hailing companies’ drivers must be classified as employees, meaning they’re eligible for healthcare, paid sick leave, and other such benefits.

The stay on the Superior Court’s August injunction will therefore soon be lifted, requiring Uber and Lyft to provide these benefits to drivers.

“[Uber and Lyft describe] the injunction here as ‘radical’ and ‘unprecedented,'” wrote Justice Jon Streeter in his 74-page ruling. “But these adjectives perhaps say more about the reach of modern technology and the scale of today’s technology-driven commerce than they do about the order itself… It is broad in scope, no doubt, but so too is the scale of the alleged violations.”

Workers’ rights campaigners are thrilled with the decision.

“This decision makes it abundantly clear that Uber and Lyft have been breaking the law for years,” San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in a statement. “For too long Uber and Lyft have illegally denied their drivers basic workplace protections and shifted that burden onto drivers and taxpayers.”

“This is a huge victory for workers,” driver advocacy group Gig Workers Rising told Mashable. “Uber and Lyft drivers deserve basic protections and benefits… This is about the future of work in this country. This is about securing good jobs with real benefits for generations to come.”

Uber and Lyft were less happy with the appellate court’s decision. “This ruling makes it more urgent than ever for voters to stand with drivers and vote yes on Prop. 22,” Lyft spokesperson Julie Wood told Mashable.

“Today’s ruling means that if the voters don’t say Yes on Proposition 22, rideshare drivers will be prevented from continuing to work as independent contractors, putting hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work and likely shutting down ridesharing throughout much of the state,” said an Uber spokesperson.

Proposition 22 is a Californian ballot measure that has been backed by various delivery and ride-hailing companies, including Uber and Lyft. If passed in November, it will give drivers limited benefits but keep them classified as independent contractors.

Uber claims 72 percent of drivers support Prop. 22, citing a survey of 718 drivers that the company commissioned. The company also argues that treating drivers as employees would cause prices to rise. 

However, Gig Workers Rising told Mashable it considers Prop. 22 a “dangerous and deceptive” attempt to deny drivers their legal rights as employees. 

“First the state legislature, then the governor, and now the courts have all agreed that drivers are employees under state law, and Prop. 22 is nothing more than an attempt by multi-billion dollar gig companies to undo that recognition,” said Gig Workers Rising, urging Californians to vote against the proposition.

The group further dismissed Uber and Lyft’s threats to suspend services or withdraw from California if forced to treat drivers as employees, calling it “a bluff intended to scare voters during this election.” 

“These companies have never pulled out of a market as large as California before, even when cities across the world have sought to ensure they comply with local labor laws,” said Gig Workers Rising. “It’s important drivers and riders don’t get distracted by Uber & Lyft fear-mongering… We cannot allow corporations to blackmail us into voting in their best interests.”

“When Prop. 22 is defeated, the companies’ bag of tricks will have shrunk, as both voters and now the courts will have recognized that gig workers should receive employee benefits, protections, and wages.”

Uber and Lyft will continue to operate as normal for now, as the ruling won’t take effect immediately. The appeals court still has to transfer jurisdiction of the case back to the lower courts, which may take a few months, and the stay on the injunction will expire 30 days after that. However it may be extended again if Uber and Lyft file another appeal, a move that both companies are considering.

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Life after death: DeGrasse Tyson’s ‘intriguing’ observation after possibility of God probe

The idea centres around the belief that the essential part of a human’s identity continues even after the body dies. There are many different theories as to how this may play out, with different religions having their own ideas on whether it is a spiritual realm or through reincarnation. The foundation for such claims come from scores of witness testimonies from near-death experiences – where people recall events which prove difficult to rationally explain.


And famed American astrophysicist Dr Tyson was asked where he stood on the matter during an interview with Robert Krulwich.

He said: “We have people who are in the act of dying and they come back from life and they report on mental experiences, that’s intriguing.

“But because it is in the realm of eyewitness testimony, you can establish it only as a personal truth, but it will take more than that for it to be an objective truth.

“An objective truth is the kind of truth science discovers and it’s true whether or not you believe in it.

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his views on life after death

Neil deGrasse Tyson shared his views on life after death (Image: GETTY)

Dr Tyson was appearing at a talk in 2017

Dr Tyson was appearing at a talk in 2017 (Image: YOUTUBE)

“It exists outside of culture, religion and political affiliation.”

Dr Tyson went on to detail the evidence he would like to see that would prove this “personal truth”.

He added in: “So Jesus is your saviour, that’s your personal truth, you cannot convince someone else that Jesus is their saviour in an objective way.

“You have to persuade them, so if you can perform a miracle, that would be amazing.

“We would investigate that, it would be an amazing thing.

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Dr Tyson shared his views on God

Dr Tyson shared his views on God (Image: YOUTUBE)

“If we cannot account for that with no other known laws of physics and it’s only happening with you, it would be so easy to demonstrate divinity if you had the power you wanted to display.”

The question came after Dr Tyson was asked during another interview to detail his thoughts on God.

He admitted: “The more I look at the universe, the less convinced I am that there is something benevolent going on.

“If your concept of a creator is someone who is all-powerful, and all good, that’s not an uncommon pairing of creators.

“I look at disasters that inflict Earth – volcanoes, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, disease, pestilence – you look at this list of ways life is made miserable by way of natural causes.

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Dr Tyson said he would be happy to be proved wrong

Dr Tyson said he would be happy to be proved wrong (Image: GETTY)

Humans have been fascinated with life after death for years

Humans have been fascinated with life after death for years (Image: GETTY)

“Philosophers rose up and said God is either not all-powerful, or not all good.”

But the Director of the Hayden Planetarium said he would not push his views on anyone else.

He continued to CBS in 2017: “I have no problem if as we probe the origins of things we bump into God, if that happens, we are good to go – not a problem.

“There’s just no evidence yet and that’s why religions are called faiths because you believe in them in the absence of evidence.

“So I remain unconvinced, but if you have evidence, bring it.

“But what I believe should be irrelevant to anyone.”

Alien hunters claim to spot shape-shifting UFO over Pennsylvania

Stunned residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, were shocked to spot a strange light floating in the sky. The object is not clear on first inspection, but by looking closer at the amateur footage, one can see a strange, bright dot moving erratically.

Onlookers were quick to claim the floating object was a UFO of extraterrestrial origin.

Pennsylvanian YouTuber The Life of Chris, captured the footage and posted it to the video media platform.

Alongside the footage, a caption said: “Woke up to look outside the window & looking up at the stars noticed this light so I started recording.

“In my eyes I could see a diamond shape, it was just staying still but you can see it’s fading away but in the camera lens it’s a bright light as you see.


Alien hunters claim to spot shape-shifting UFO over Pennsylvania (Image: GETTY – UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)


The lights were seen over Reading, Pennsylvania (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

“You can see in the video that a star won’t be to close to the earth and near the buildings, that’s a strange thing.”

Seasoned conspiracy theorists spotted the video, and claimed it is proof of extraterrestrials.

Alien enthusiast Scott C Waring said on his blog UFO Sightings Daily that it is evidence that aliens are watching.

He said: “To see this UFO, you really need to make the video full screen. At that point you will notice when he zooms in, the UFO sometimes is a triangle, oval and diamond shape.

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“That is 100 percent a sign that this is an alien shape shifting ship.” (Image: UFO SIGHTINGS DAILY)

“You will also notice one and two thin propulsion lines on the bottom sometimes and also two on the right side of the craft.

“That is 100 percent a sign that this is an alien shape shifting ship.”

However, although the object appears to be shape shifting and moving erratically, it is more likely just a plane, unfocused in the camera lens.

While there is no official evidence of any aliens of extraterrestrial space ships on Earth, or anywhere for that matter, Mr Waring believes they are out there.

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What is the Drake Equation? (Image: EXPRESS)

In fact, the alien hunter believes NASA and other space agencies know about said extraterrestrials, but is hiding the revelation from the public.

But Mr Waring said the coronavirus pandemic has hardened humanity, and the common person is ready for aliens.

He said: “Much like COVID-19 did to the people in each country as it spread, because the public once believed that such a pandemic would be impossible, and yet, the human race has changed their perspective on that very fast.

“That’s how disclosure of intelligent aliens would be, but it would not kill people or frighten them as much.”

Near death experience: Woman sees entire history of the Universe in an instant – claim

Humans tend to think of time in a linear fashion – all flowing from past, to present to future. But a woman who temporarily died believes the entire history and future of the Universe is all happening at once – and she believes in the afterlife we will get to see all of the cosmos at once. A person named Cynthia was clinically dead – cessation of breathing or heart function or brain function – following a severe asthma attack.

While Cynthia was only dead for a very brief period, she believes she saw the entire 13.8 billion year history of the Universe, all in one shot.

Cynthia now believes everything is happening all at once, with each perception of the present occurring in a new pocket of the Universe.

Sharing her extraordinary account on the Near Death Experience Research Foundation, Cynthia said: “I was enveloped in darkness, like all dark, cave dark, and I was still me but in an empty space.

“A minuscule amount of energy the light of a synapse, the light created from the electrical impulse of your thought.


Near death experience: Woman sees entire history of the Universe in an instant – claim (Image: GETTY)


Cynthia now believes everything is happening all at once (Image: GETTY)

“When I hit this light, I was shot backwards and from this energy source, the Universe was created right in front of my eyes.

“I saw everything, the whole universe from the beginning of time. And time is something humans made up, there is no such thing as time this is all a series of events.

“It was like a big paisley of cosmos being formed in front of me and I had superman vision.

“I was hanging in the dark space and our universe was below me like a teacup saucer inside of a thirty-three gallon trash bag.

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“It was like a big paisley of cosmos being formed in front of me and I had superman vision” (Image: GETTY)

“I was in the bag still. I was beyond the far reaches of the universe.

“Beyond the universe looking at it with superman vision and I could see earth and my house and inside it and all from a bazillion, gazillion, light years past the edge of the Universe. It was really amazing.”

Researchers, however, attribute visions such as Cynthia’s to a sudden surge in brain activity as one approaches death.

Scientists from the University of Michigan clinically induced cardiac arrest in rats while monitoring their brain activity, and found that brain activity surged in the final 30 seconds of their life.

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There is a surge in brain activity as one approaches death (Image: GETTY)

Jimo Borjigin, PhD, associate professor of molecular and integrative physiology and associate professor of neurology, said: “This study, performed in animals, is the first dealing with what happens to the neurophysiological state of the dying brain.

“We reasoned that if near-death experience stems from brain activity, neural correlates of consciousness should be identifiable in humans or animals even after the cessation of cerebral blood flow.”

Essentially, if the brain is more active, one might have vivid visions, leading them to believe they had seen the afterlife.

Dr Borjigin added: “The prediction that we would find some signs of conscious activity in the brain during cardiac arrest was confirmed with the data.”

12 single TV characters who’ll always have a place in our hearts

In Party for One, Mashable explores single life in 2020, from Carly Rae Jepsen’s iconic single anthems, to the beauty of alone time, and the fascinating history behind the single positivity movement.

Sometimes being single is a journey and sometimes it’s a destination. For a long time, the untold rule of storytelling was that characters find a happy ending when they all end up married. So it was with Shakespeare and so it was with Parks and Recreation, and almost everything in between.

But in recent years, television in particular has warmed to the notion of a character who actually ends up single at series’ end. They might not all stay that way forever, but there’s immeasurable value in seeing lovable characters who are single at crucial junctures in life — at points that feel like endings, but might just be the beginning.

Here are some of our favorite single TV characters. And yes, since this is about their overarching journeys and series finales — expect spoilers.

Rebecca Bunch, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

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Though the final moments of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend hint that Rebecca hasn’t closed the book on all her exes (maybe it just looks that way because we’re #TeamNathaniel), nothing could have been healthier than for this romance-obsessed character to unpack her turbulent history with men and focus inward. In the final season, she prioritized living with mental illness and creating a life free of old triggers and patterns. It’s probably not the best that she hangs out with all her exes in West Covina, but it’s a far cry from the law offices in New York where she started — and when she couldn’t even remember the last time she was happy.

Sansa Stark, Game of Thrones

Sansa Stark is a name now synonymous with powerful and even ruthless feminine leadership, but it wasn’t always that way. We remember the innocent girl from Winterfell who dreamed of marrying a prince, and then watched in horror as the cruel world of Westeros destroyed that dream day by day. Sansa may be an iconic character, but she suffered horrific abuse that no person should experience, some of it gratuitous material added to the show.

Still, Sansa emerged a wolf among kittens, her steely resolve the leadership Westeros craved when Jon Snow was still moping around telling anyone who’d listen that he didn’t want the job. It would have been disrespectful to Sansa’s growth and journey to happily marry her off in some disingenuous eleventh-hour coupling, and given the general irresponsibility of Thrones‘ final season and treatment of female characters, we’re glad this ended up the way it did.

Alexis Rose, Schitt’s Creek

You may have blocked out Schitt’s Creek‘s final season breakup because there is simply no pain in this world like seeing the characters on that show suffer, but Alexis and lovable vet Ted did not end up together. They loved each other, they wanted to be together, but the timing simply wasn’t right.

Watching Alexis and the rest of the Rose family mature is one of the foremost joys of Schitt’s Creek, but that doesn’t make the decision she and Ted come to any less devastating. Still, it’s extremely mature, and not something she could have done a few years previously (recall that past Alexis dumped Ted and pursued empty lust for Mutt, so, yeah). We hope they’ll find their way back to each other one day, or to other partners that make more sense later in life. For now, we’re proud of these two for making a tough call and with Alexis for trusting her gut and her family.

Fleabag, Fleabag

While many of the characters on this list will probably find romantic love one day, the unnamed protagonist of Fleabag has never been one to conform. At the start of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s seminal comedy series, its antiheroine is a one-woman force of spectacular self sabotage. She’s recovering from her best friend’s death, a messy affair that ties back to Fleabag’s own relationship with sex, and her emotions are so numb that she barely bats an eye at her longterm boyfriend’s final departure.

In Season 2, Fleabag has a better handle on sex, but the guilt about Boo stays with her. She cautiously and then fiercely falls in love, but the Priest’s ultimate unavailability speaks to how Fleabag still doesn’t believe she deserves happiness. She is drawn to complication, to challenges, to mess, and while her love for the Priest may pass, her demons may well linger. It’s both a heartbreaking and inspiring emotional journey no matter how many times we watch it, but seeing an arc like Fleabag’s on mainstream television is critical for audiences to feel seen and valid. 

Tahani and Jason, The Good Place

None of The Good Place‘s core characters are perfect people, and we watched for four seasons as they slowly learned what makes a good and fulfilling life — a life unlike those they led when we first met them. Eleanor and Chidi may have spent the bulk of their existence together, but they were the only ones. Couples often pair off and ride into the sunset at the end of creator Mike Schur’s TV shows, but Tahani and Jason — once paired together as alleged soulmates — found fulfillment in the Good Place they built together, and the friends they made along the way.

Abbi and Ilana, Broad City

If any show was going to embrace singledom with the energy we need in the 21st century, it was Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer’s Broad City. This was always a show about the beautiful friendship between its titular broads, and in the end that was the only thing we needed to see holding strong as they moved into their separate futures. 

Where other characters on this list have prioritized romantic love at different times, Abbi and Ilana always kept it secondary to great sex, smoking weed, and nonstop New York adventures shared with a lifelong bestie.

Joey Tribbiani, Friends

It feels both exceedingly on-brand and deeply bittersweet that the flirtiest Friend would be the only one still single at series’ end. Joey is the group’s de facto playboy, but his emotional arc is all about the steadiest relationships in his life: The five people he keeps close. For Joey, romantic partnership were never a source of emotional intimacy, but the platonic companions in his life were always there for him — and then some. Here’s hoping Chandler and Monica kept that room over the garage ready for him.

Tracey, Chewing Gum

Back in 2015 Michaela Coel introduced us to Tracey, a mid-twenties shop assistant from a religious upbringing who starts the show on a desperate mission to have sex for the first time.

As you can probably guess, things don’t go to plan — but over the course of two seasons navigating friendships, relationships, and the often tricky ground between the two, Tracey learns plenty about both life and herself. And she’s always happy to share her amusing insights with us directly, via a quick aside to the camera.

Thomas Barrow, Downton Abbey

Contextually, there are a number of reasons why Thomas is one of the only characters not married apropos of nothing by the end of Downton Abbey (looking at you, friends-with-benefits Carson and Hughes). For one, he’s a gay man in the early 20th-century, when living a happy and open life was all but unthinkable.

Too many queer characters in fiction end up facing tragic circumstances and not being able to live with love, but Thomas also did plenty of downright evil things in the show’s early seasons. By the time things were ending, he was a changed man, and his journey was about self-love and redemption above all else.

However, we maintain that in the movie he deserved to eat ass.

Rory Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls ended not once but twice with Rory in romantic limbo; first in Season 7, when she was no longer dating Logan and set off on the campaign trail with Barack Obama, and then again after the 2016 revival which saw her running into all her significant exes and also having sex with a wookie (as far as we know, this is the father of her child).

The revival gave off strong Team Jess vibes throughout, reviving the couple’s old chemistry and the fact that they’re still pals all these years later, now that Jess is more mature and Rory’s mom is still dating his uncle. There’s a genuine affection there, the kind that makes for steadfast relationships way more than the physical attraction of their youth ever could. But Jess still doesn’t feel ready or worthy of Rory, and when we left things off he had decided to keep things as they were. Once again, Rory is living the single life, and on-track to being a very cool single mom just like Lorelai. It’s not a bad act to follow.