He may be the Pearson patriarch on This Is Us, but Hollywood won't let him forget the drama his character left behind on Gilmore Girls. Sunday night on the Golden Globes red carpet, Milo Ventimiglia was asked who he thought was the father of Rory's baby among the three contenders Netflix seems to be promoting: Logan, Paul, and Chewbacca. His answer was vintage Jess (read: totally frustrating). "I don't think it's any of the three guys at all," he said. Um, excuse me?
He continues on: "You know what, I haven't really sat around and thought about it, wondered who it was, so I'll be as surprised as anyone else is." Sigh, how perfectly noncommittal and Jess of him to not consider the one thing on every Gilmore Girls fan's mind. It's almost as if he has a life outside this show (wonder what's that's like).
In all seriousness, what's interesting about the vagueness of Ventimiglia's response is that it makes us revisit certain alternate possibilities. Possibility A: Has Rory been making the rounds and living the life of a sexual vagabond?Unlikely. Playing with fire (and other people's serious boyfriends/fiances/husbands) is super on-brand for Rory, but sleeping around with randos is not. Remember that whole freakout about her first Wookiee one night stand? Unless she went nuclear during that timeframe — and we'd likely see that instead of a newspaper montage set to Nancy Sinatra — the father isn't just some stranger.
If there is a father. Did Rory actually take up Paris' offer to be a surrogate? She is, as she claims, broke. But Rory Gilmore's version of broke and our version of broke seem to have different meanings. I mean, I'm not jetting off to London every other week, so she's probably not starving so hard that she needs to incubate a baby for side cash.
So if it isn't some stranger and it isn't artificial insemination, could the father be... Jess?
Guys, no. The series all but confirmed that Logan is the father of Rory's baby, and that Jess will fulfill the role of Rory's Luke as she raises said baby alone. Come on. But it's clear from the fact that we care about Ventimiglia's opinion that fans would be very, very open to another sequel series surrounding this very question, if not the myriad of others we were left with.
The two takeaways you should have from Ventimiglia's answer are that he really has been throwing himself into This Is Us instead of that show he was on a decade ago, and yet the Gilmore Girls saga may not be over yet. "I'll be surprised as anyone else is" does seem to imply that there could be an actual answer (it's Logan, I mean it). Whatever that case may be, let's hope that if there are more episodes, Ventimiglia will clear some space in his schedule to stop by Stars Hollow.