Warning: major spoilers ahead.
If you spent the entirety of your post-Thanksgiving weekend binge watching Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life like we did, you’re probably still reeling from the surprising turn of events that the final episode revealed. Those last four words that fans eagerly awaited for years were unexpected to say the least.
Among the dozens of questions we still have after finishing the series, there’s one that will stick in our minds and make us crazy until we get an answer, who TF is the father of Rory’s baby!? Apparently, the show’s creator Amy Sherman-Palladino doesn’t find this mystery to be very relevant to the story and we just don’t understand why.
The final four words of the Gilmore Girls revival are understandably causing fans to lose their minds.
The last on-screen conversation between Lorelai and Rory (Rory: “Mom?” Lorelai: “Yeah?” Rory: “I’m pregnant.”) has left us with so many questions. So yeah, Rory is pregnant but WHO is the father?
My first instinct was 100% Logan Huntzberger obviously because of their totally bizarre hook-up/secret relationship that tbh, was not my favorite romance in the series. Then I remembered Rory’s ill-fated one night stand with the Wookie, but that almost seems worse. Could there have been a late night with Jess that we didn’t see?? How could the show not give us such pivotal information?
Though we are positively dying from anticipation, writer Amy Sherman-Palladino insists that the father’s identity is not important.
“It really wasn’t about the father; it was about the event,” she said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
REALLY? Not about the father? How could it not be? Of course it’s about the event, BUT it’s also about the father. Won’t he play some sort of role? Sure, Christopher wasn’t around much for Rory’s childhood, but he still existed.
“People can make their own conclusions about who the father is, there’s not a thousand choices out there, but it really wasn’t about the boy because, quite frankly, one of the things that’s always been a little weird is how obsessed with Rory’s love life everybody got when the point of the show was never about their love lives,” Sherman-Palladino added. “Their love lives were apart of their lives, but these were women really grappling with who they were as people.”
Yes, she’s makes a fair point in the sense that Rory and Lorelai (though they’ve had many romances) have never really needed anyone but each other and yes, the focus of the show is also on their own lives and their growth as individual people, but romantic relationships are a key part of that growth. Each of Rory’s boyfriends represents a different stage in her life and her journey to finding herself.
“When they talked about their paths forward, especially Rory, it was usually about getting in The New York Times or breaking into journalism so it felt like the moment was on Rory and her future and not on, ‘Gee, which boy is this?’ That’s always taken a backseat when we’ve broken stories on Gilmore.”
While we can argue for hours that the father is an imperative piece to Rory’s future puzzle, maybe Sherman-Palladino has a point. Maybe we’ve put too much focus into these questions surrounding Rory and Lorelai’s love lives when we really should be focused on the characters themselves, but honestly how can we not wonder?