Lauren Graham & Alexis Bledel's Approach To 'Gilmore Girls' Love Life Debate Is Super Inspirational
Now that the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival is mere months away, fans are in full force speculating who, exactly, Rory Gilmore could end up with. Though the Yale graduate had plenty of love interests during the show's seven-season run, the person that Rory rode off into the sunset with was President Obama (err, kind of). Rory decided to turn down Logan's marriage proposal to take a job on the campaign trail with the then-presidential candidate, a decision that left her single as she pursued her journalistic dreams. Fans are taking the Rory's boyfriend debate very seriously, of course — but, no matter who you ship with Rory, you'll appreciate how Gilmore Girls stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel approach the debate. While discussing in an interview with Entertainment Weekly who they want Rory end up with in the Gilmore Girls revival, the duo revealed that they actually don't debate the topic at all.
In fact, Graham and Bledel got really candid about the Team Jess vs. Team Dean vs. Team Logan debacle. They admitted that, truthfully, it's not the most important part of the show for them. According to Graham:
I would be remiss if I didn’t say that [Rory and Lorelai’s] main strength, even if they believe in true love, is that they have themselves and they have each other... The show is sneakily feminist in that it’s always been great for them to have love, but they’re also okay when they don’t... It’s why we sometimes bristle at: What team are you on?! It’s like: It doesn’t matter. Rory’s going to be great no matter what. And I think that’s an underlying message of the show, too.
Bledel agreed, saying that she "didn't even think about" who Rory could end up with at the end of the four-part revival because she had other thoughts on her brain about Rory's post Gilmore Girls future:
I was wondering what [Rory] had accomplished in her career. I wanted there to be a payoff after all her hard work. She set so many goals and had been so ambitious academically. That’s what I wanted to know.
The message echoes an essay by Bustle's own Loretta Donelan, titled "Why I Wish The Gilmore Girls Revival Left Out Jess, Logan & Dean." As Donelan wrote, making the show about Rory's love life (should the revival go that route) would be more of a "fan-servicing move" than anything else that wouldn't serve the show's true purpose: exploring this special relationship between mother and daughter.
I'm inclined to agree with Donelan, and with the women playing the Gilmore Girls. Sure, I may be a card-carrying member of Team Jess, and there's no shame in being totally passionate about which ship you support — but who Rory ends up with shouldn't be what makes or breaks the revival. Gilmore Girls was never meant to be a show solely about the love lives of its main characters, and the revival shouldn't turn it into one now.
I'm totally guilty of wanting Rory to drive off into the sunset with Jess, but if she doesn't, I think I'll take a page from the real-life Gilmore girls and be cool with seeing how Rory's life plays out whether or not there is romantic love in it.