I’m in the process of writing up a longer post comparing the three seasons of FiM so far, and I realized a pattern in the sorts of conflicts they had and the lessons they taught. There are exceptions in each season, so it’s far from perfect, but I think it’s there.
Yeah except apparently fucking Rarity didn’t grow up at all, what a bitch.
We didn’t need both spike episodes is wear to god
Rarity was already grown up she started the series as a well-established artisan and owner of her own business as well as part-time caretaker of her baby sister
Rarity’s growth was shown by how she willingly went on a camping trip with Applejack.
I certainly would’ve liked to get a Rarity episode, and I might have made some of the choices in planning the season differently, but I’d also agree with the fact that Rarity was already a bit more adult than the others. Applejack too; her entry on the list was a bit of a stretch. You’ll notice Pinkie Pie isn’t on that list either. I think she’s learned plenty too, but I think the writers want to emphasize her childlike innocence, and so her growth isn’t treated in the same way.
They’ve all learned a lot, but I feel like Twilight, Fluttershy, and Rainbow Dash are the ones whose growth is best described as “growing up.” So I feel like they were emphasized a bit more.