What Does The 'Gilmore Girls' Revival Ending Mean? Rory & Lorelai Are More Similar Than We Realized
If you have been waiting for those infamous last four words of the Gilmore Girls revival, then the final moment of A Year in the Life was real emotional for you. Even if you hadn't been anxiously anticipating the last four words, the ending of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life surely made you feel something. No matter your emotions — happy, sad, content, or angry — let's take a look at how the end of A Year in the Life affects the characters' lives. *Warning: Major spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life follow.
After Lorelai and Luke decided to get married before their big wedding bash in a simple and gorgeous ceremony, Rory and Lorelai were hanging out in the gazebo of the Stars Hollow town square. While Lorelai was polishing off a bottle of champagne, Rory notably wasn't since the final words of the show were:
Rory: I'm pregnant.
As most of Rory's journey in the Gilmore Girls revival was focused on her career and she didn't end up with any of her three original boyfriends (or Paul!), this was a shocking revelation — as displayed by Lorelai's face when Rory dropped this bombshell.
Now, while it wasn't explicitly stated within the miniseries, I firmly believe that the father is Logan as Rory was shown sleeping with him in "Fall." (Sorry, Wookiee, the baby can't be yours since you had sex with Rory in "Spring." And sorry, Paul, but I'm not confident you even had sex with Rory.) Logan being the father also works on a deeper level since it's as if Rory is following in her mother's footsteps.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly before the revival premiered, Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said how the original intent behind Logan was for him to mirror Christopher. "We wanted Rory to date her father," Sherman-Palladino said. "Every girl has a father issue, and Logan was Christopher. Logan was charming, smart, and not quite the dependable soul that you need. Or, at that time, was not the great dependable soul." Rory actress Alexis Bledel confirmed this when she said, "It's a relationship like the one Lorelai and Christohper [sic] had in their youth. They do reckless things together. It's fun but on this lavish scale."
This isn't necessarily surprising for fans of Gilmore Girls because the theory that Jess is Luke and Logan is Christopher has been around for quite some time. However, it's still nice for the star and creator to confirm it — especially when looking at it in the context of the ending of A Year in the Life.
Although Rory is exactly double Lorelai's age when she becomes unexpectedly pregnant (Lorelai was 16, Rory is 32 in the revival), the ending implied she'd be having a very similar trajectory as her mother — consider how Rory's visit to Christopher became extremely loaded after you realized that Rory herself is pregnant. She appeared to have visited his office to discuss her book, but she was very emotional and asked him about his lack of involvement when it came to raising her. "How did you feel about mom raising me alone?" Rory asked him. "Sorry, I just have to know." She just had to know because she was in the position to make the same decision that Lorelai made all those years ago — to decide if she should raise this child without Logan.
Christopher said that Lorelai raising Rory alone was "exactly what was supposed to happen" and Rory seemed resigned to the fact that yes, that was the truth of the matter, which indicates that she plans on raising her child alone just like her mom did.
As Logan was engaged to marry Odette and the child is a product of his affair with Rory (who had finally chosen to let him go), the choice to raise her child alone makes sense. But unlike Lorelai, Rory should hopefully accept the support of her mother. As long as Lorelai didn't become upset when Rory told her about her pregnancy (hey, it's a possibility), Lorelai can help her daughter raise this child. Because even though Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life embraced the whole circle of life idea, I don't want Rory and Lorelai's relationship to turn into Lorelai and Emily's relationship.
Speaking of the circle of life, this working theory of the Gilmore girls' future seems to be backed up by the format of the revival. With each episode being a season and the title being A Year in the Life, the cyclical nature of life was a major theme.
So no matter if you found the ending to be perfect or sacrilegious, based on the fact that Sherman-Palladino had those final four words planned out for more than a decade, there's no denying that the final scene of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was "exactly what was supposed to happen."
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