Gilmore Girls fans went crazy with excitement earlier this year when it was announced that the show would be returning to Netflix with four feature-length episodes, titled Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
Naturally, each episode will centre around a different season and all of our favourite characters are set to return - yes, even Melissa McCarthy as Sookie!
All three of Rory’s ex-boyfriends will also be returning for the series. The question is, will she end up reuniting with either Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), Dean (Jared Padalecki) or Logan (Matt Czuchry)? Or will she have a new flame? She might even be happily single?
Like many fans I am fully a Rory and Jess shipper and I hope that the new series will see the couple reunite. Here’s why Rory and Jess are endgame:
1. Jess’s romantic gestures were never predictable
From destroying a rival’s snowman, to jumping in a moving horse-drawn carriage Jess didn’t exactly go down the usual chocolate and flowers route of romantic gestures.
Some stand-out moments include getting into a physical fight with Dean, rescuing Rory from water sprinklers, getting soaking wet, and then turning them back on when he found out Rory’s then-boyfriend was on his way to help and secretly researching how far away Rory would be once she moved to college. Life with Jess was always exciting!
2. Jess wasn’t afraid to call Rory out (and vice versa)
When Rory tried to use Jess to make Logan jealous he called her out on it and didn’t try to hide his anger that Rory would use him and hurt him in that way.
Likewise, when Jess first turned up in Stars Hollow and acted like he didn’t need anyone else and showed disrespect to our favourite residents, Rory told him to get his act together.
3. Jess didn’t get on with Rory’s family but still encouraged their reunion
When Rory dropped out of Yale, stopped talking to Lorelai, and spent most of her time being reckless with Logan, Jess stepped up and told her she wasn’t acting like herself. His disapproval hit Rory hard and he was the only one that could get through to her. Ultimately, his voice of reason reunited the two Lorelais.
4. They had mutual interests
While it’s often said that Dean was the “perfect first boyfriend” for Rory, it’s fair to say that she and Jess had a few more shared interests. While she had to push Dean to read her favourite books it was more likely that Jess had already read them twice over and had his own annotated copy.
5. They had incredible chemistry
With just a look you could see the intensity of feelings shared between Rory and Jess. It’s unsurprising that Alexis Bledel and Milo Ventimiglia dated when Gilmore Girls was originally filmed as there was such incredible chemistry between the pair. They are no longer together, so here’s hoping that the magnetism between the two is still the same in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.
6. Jess had the most complexities out of Rory’s boyfriends
Life wasn’t simple with Jess and Rory - they fought, they were passionate and they were melodramatic. Their relationship was so intense and full of emotion, it ended up being incredibly interesting to watch.
Jess had connections to Stars Hollow but also a complex upbringing. These layers of his character made him so interesting and multifaceted in comparison to Dean and Logan (although both also had their issues, they were a little more predictable).
7. Rory and Jess never had a sense of finality
Unlike Rory’s other relationships, there was never really a sense that Rory and Jess were over. It’s unlikely that Rory and Dean will get back together after their complicated breakup (and because Jared Padalecki’s only filmed for one day) and it’s hard to imagine Logan getting back together with Rory after she turned down his proposal. It never really felt like the book was closed on Rory and Jess, but what will their next chapter bring?
8. Jess left too soon
Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has admitted that she originally imagined Rory and Jess staying together but had to change the plan due to studio conflicts. With Sherman-Palladino at the helm of the new Gilmore Girls episodes, will she reunite the pair as she originally imagined? Here’s hoping!
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