If we’re getting entirely sincere, the finale of “Hannah Montana” was most likely the genuine beginning of Miley Cyrus’ career. By the fourth season, Miley had clearly moved beyond the blonde wig, and she was ready to burst onto the scene as a serious musician. But that does not imply that fans were ready to let “Hannah” go just yet, so when the series aired its last episode five years ago these days (!!!), there had been some fairly critical expectations.
Luckily, the writers knew specifically what they were carrying out going into the finale. Rather than saving Miley’s reveal that she was Hannah to the globe for the final episode, they decided to drop that bomb a few episodes earlier and use their finale to concentrate on the actually important piece of the show: friendship.
Proper from the pilot, Miley and Lilly’s friendship was the backbone of the series. When Lilly discovered out Miley’s secret, it was place to the ultimate test, and, of course, in super adorable style, the two passed, making their partnership stronger than ever.
Throughout the show, Lilly (and, sooner or later Oliver) served as Miley’s rock, even when living a double life as Hannah got really, truly hard. They had been usually there for each and every other, and seeing this model of BFFship was a lot more fun to watch than even Hannah’s craziest performances.
So, going into the finale, when Miley started thinking about breaking her guarantee to go to Stanford with Lilly so she could film a film to Paris with Tom Cruise and Steven Speilberg (which like, okay, sounds quite cool), fans have been devastated. Like, actual tears, ugly crying devastated.
But then, Lilly decided that she would come to Paris with Miley, and it felt like everything was going to be A-okay again. Of course, though, it can’t be that straightforward, and Lilly at some point realized that she couldn’t give up her dream of going to college just to follow Miley. Suddenly, it seemed like our favorite pair would be split up once again. Break out the tissues.
In the finish, though, friendship triumphed, and Miley showed up at her and Lilly’s dorm area in a single of the most aww-inspiring moments Disney Channel has ever created, teaching us all that, if you’ve got fantastic buddies, you do not want anything else.
Other friendships also popped up throughout the finale, with Rico and Jackson admitting that they’ve secretly been BFFs this whole time (which we all currently knew, since duh) and even Miley and Jackson acknowledging how much they really love each other. Basically, the finale was all about happiness and the relationships that make life worth it.
So it all ended with even far more tears, just this time, satisfied tears.
We nevertheless miss you, “Hannah Montana”! Thanks for all the feels.