I could only deal by watching this episode backward, scene by scene. Done that way, I was ok with how it ended.
My main quibble is that, no matter what Christopher may claim and this show has always pushed, Rory is not a "force of nature." She's smart, sure, but kind of an emotional fuck-up, and has in some ways been stunted by a lack of consequences. I'm hopeful for her at the end, though. Although the obvious parallel is that she's following in her mother's path, she's starting on that path from a very different point. She's highly educated, will never lack for emotional (or, honest