SPOILER WARNING: For those who haven’t watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, plot details will be revealed below.
Gilmore Girls‘ final four words left even Lorelai Gilmore in shock.
At the wrap of Netflix four-part revival series, which brought together the beloved cast of the original CW series, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was finally able to have her two main characters — Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) — complete the dramedy the way that she originally intended it to be wrapped.
After audiences watched Lorelai and Luke (Scott Patterson) finally tie the knot in the center of Stars Hollow after being longtime lovers for nine years, the mother-daughter duo sat until the wee hours of the morning, sipping champagne on the steps of the iconic gazebo as they watched the sun come up.
As Lorelai reflected on saying “I do” to the Luke’s Diner owner in the “Fall” episode, she asked her daughter, who is deep in thought, “Hey, what’s going on in there?” to which Rory responds, “I want to remember it all. Every detail” and paves the way for the final four words.
“Mom,” Rory says to her mother as the two wait for the sun to come up behind their two-story home that they overlook in the near distance.
“Yeah?” Lorelai responds.
“I’m pregnant,” Rory reveals.
As audiences watch the conversation unfold, the cameras capture Lorelai’s stunned reaction — an open mouth and wide eyes — before the camera transitions to the credits.
Throughout the revival, Gilmore Girls diehards eagerly watched to see who Rory ends up with at the end of the series. But perhaps to many viewers’ dismay, she doesn’t specifically end up with anyone — although she could be forever tied to one of her past beaus because of the baby.
Let’s break it down in order of her boyfriends on the series.
Dean (Jared Padalecki) was Rory’s high school boyfriend, whom she later hooked up with while in college when he was married to Lindsay. But after the two finally called it quits during Rory’s early college years, Dean was no longer a contender in her love life. (Sorry, Team Dean, it’s true.)
In the revival, Rory bumps into Dean in the supermarket during the last and final episode (“Summer”), where he worked in high school and where much of their early romance bloomed. After physically running into one another, it’s revealed that Dean is married to Jenny, who is pregnant with the couple’s fourth child: their first daughter.
Rory proceeds to ask Dean’s permission to write about him in her Gilmore Girls book. “What are you gonna say?” Dean asks. “That you were the greatest boyfriend alive. That you were generous and protective and kind and strong. That as much as I wish we’d met when I was older and more mature, I know that if I hadn’t had you with me when I id, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. That you taught me what safe feels like,” Rory responds. As Rory says goodbye to Dean, the question of her ever ending up with him is laid to rest.
Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) is Luke’s nephew and the bad-boy boyfriend that Rory fell for while still dating Dean. Shortly after breaking up with her first boyfriend, she quickly got together with Jess. The two shared numerous common interests — and the chemistry was apparent — but Jess was too immature at the time to be in a serious relationship. Although Jess attempted to win Rory back during her time at Yale, she refused his pursuit.
In the revival, Jess first returns in the third episode (“Summer”) when he visits Rory in her new position as editor of the Stars Hollow Gazette. While sitting together at her desk, Jess encourages Rory to write a book about her and her mother’s story. It is later revealed that Rory took Jess’ advice and she penned the first three chapters of her book, Gilmore Girls.
In the last episode (“Fall”), Jess makes a return for Luke and Lorelai’s wedding. As he leaves to stay with his mom the day before Luke and Lorelai’s wedding, Rory shows him the first three chapters of the book. “Jess, Jess, look! The first three chapters!” she says to him. Luke witnesses the exchange between the two and asks his nephew, “A work thing, huh? So then you’re over that, right?” to which Jess responds, “Yep, long over.” But as Jess leaves the house, viewers watch as he stares back at Rory through the window with admiring eyes. Clearly, he’s not over her. (Team Jess, there’s still hope!)
Logan (Matt Czuchry) was Rory’s third and final boyfriend in the original CW series. Although the couple had an up-and-down relationship during their time at Yale, the show concluded with Logan proposing to Rory after graduation and her denying his offer. But in the revival, Logan is the first ex-boyfriend to make an appearance, only this time he’s no longer an ex — the two are reconnected lovers.
Logan appears in all four episodes of A Year in the Life, and it’s evident that Rory is still hung up on him. Every time she travels to London, she stays at his flat — regardless of the fact that she has a boyfriend, Paul, of two years and he is engaged to French heiress Odette — calls him when she’s having a crisis or needs a listening ear, and is the only man that audiences see her intimate with (aside from a one-night stand that she has in the “Spring” episode). After Rory attempts to call it quits with Logan in the summer, he makes a charming return in the fourth episode (“Fall) and whisks her away for the night before she says goodbye for good the next morning. But now that she’s pregnant with presumably Logan’s child, can she really say goodbye, and does she want to?
With a book in the works, a baby on the way, her commitment to the Stars Hollow Gazette, and two men that are are still clearly in love with Rory, the youngest Gilmore appears to be closely resembling her mother’s footsteps.
What are your predictions? Do you think Rory would get together with Logan or Jess?
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is now streaming on Netflix.