It’s been since November 25th, 2016 that we’ve been handed 4 brand new episodes of Gilmore Girls thanks to Netflix being brave enough to have revived it from the ashes like the phoenix. We are forever grateful to the Powers That Be at Netflix, Warner Bros., the cast of Gilmore Girls and, of course, writers and producers Amy Sherman-Pallidino and hubby, Dan Palladino. However, enough is enough so, if you haven’t watched these 4 movie-length episodes and don’t know the final 4 words yet, you’re out of luck because even the title of this piece has spoiled it for you. Now, we need to know who the father of Rory’s baby is, how Rory and Lorelai deal with this baby and so much more. There’s millions of Gilmore Girls Fans out here, waiting for more Gilmore Girls to be born from ASP and DP’s brilliant minds and Netflix can be the god who makes that happen for us all. Hint, hint, Netflix.
Netflix has posted what may be a teaser tweet recently that has the millions of Gilmore Girls fans leaping for joy that there could possibly be more Gilmore Girls to come. Let’s all hope and pray to the television production gods that there are.
Netflix tweeted this photo with a caption that read, “Where’s an eighth grade science fair when you need one? #GilmoreGirls”
Co-writer and producer, Dan Palladino stated in a recent interview that there were plenty of hints given as to who the father was though Rory seemed to want to go it alone after having visiting her father who wasn’t around for her own childhood much of the time. She then reveals to her mother, final shot, final famous 4 words, “Mom”, “Yeah?” “I’m pregnant”, fade to black.
“I think a lot of clues are out there,” Dan Palladino said in an interview recently. “I know with the time passage it wasn’t 100 percent clear, but we also didn’t have her engage with who she thought was the father. She felt like she was going ahead on this, deciding what to do and how to do it solo, that’s why we had her go to her father.”
So, who could the father be?
There were old boyfriends and a new boyfriend who showed up in the 4 episodes as well as a one night stand with a guy in a Wookie costume that we know of thus far.
Let’s look at Dean, (Jared Padalecki). He was Rory’s first boyfriend in the show. He showed up for an extremely quick, short scene, married and seemingly uninterested in Rory as anything more than an old friend from Stars Hollow. Not much even hinted there. Besides, Padalecki is quite busy starring in his own show, “Supernatural”. It’s not likely to be him nor, was there any hint or room left for him to be Rory’s love interest, let alone baby daddy.
There was poor Paul, played by Jack Carpenter that no one could remember was ever there, including Rory. She kept leaving him and having to go back for him. Even Lorelai, Luke and Grandma Emily couldn’t remember ever having met him though Rory had allegedly been dating him for at least 2 years. If Rory couldn’t remember him being there when he went to the bathroom, it’s likely that he wasn’t the father of her child. It seems unlikely that she’d have unzipped her pants and remembered he was in the room, long enough for anything to happen between the 2 of them. Let’s strike pathetic Paul out as simply the guy who filled a space.
Next candidate we have is Jess Mariano played by Milo Ventimiglia of “This Is Us” fame and now up for a Golden Globe Award for his part in that show. That means that the show is likely to be going on for at least another season with NBC and Milo (Jess) will be locked into it. His appearance on the revival 4 episodes was extremely limited and not too revealing as to there being anything between them that could have led to a romantic interlude where Rory would get caught up in a pregnancy. I think it’s safe to rule Jess out as the sperm donor.
Last but, not least from Rory’s roster of old boyfriends, we have Logan, played by Matt Czuchry. Logan was Rory’s longest and most deep love. During the 4 episodes, Rory had been sneaking around to see and sleep with Logan while jet-setting it back and forth between Stars Hollow and London, England where Logan has taken residence to work for his father, in his father’s business and run it. Uncharacteristically, Rory knows that Logan is engaged to be married to a wealthy woman, likely chosen by the Huntzberger family or his father yet, still sleeps with Logan whenever there, lying to her mother, Lorelai that she’s staying in England with a girl friend. What is clear though is that while Czuchry was still embroiled in a role with “The Good Wife” at the time this was being filmed, the series is done and Czuchry is now out of work. Does that mean that he’s Rory’s baby’s father? It’s an interesting thought but, one has to wonder given that Rory and Logan had lived together during the original series and the plot line never had her pregnant, it’s likely that birth control was taken care of both then and now. The only time that it could have happened, without warning would have been during Logan’s surprise but, final visit to see Rory in Stars Hollow where she bid him farewell, knowing that he was set to marry “Odette” and didn’t want to keep up the charade of a relationship any longer. Though, it wouldn’t be Rory’s first indiscretion. Rory lost her virginity to a married Dean and considered him, hers, not his wife’s.
There’s another possibility that was left in the show. A one night stand with a “guy dressed in a Wookie costume” which was highly uncharacteristic of Rory to have done but, then again, not much that Rory did in these 4 episodes was characteristic of her character. Even then, this Wookie character was nothing but a comedic rant for Rory to have given, unless it was Logan, dressed up as a Trekkie and meeting up with Rory as yet, another surprise visit from England? Not likely but, Logan (Matt Czuchry) does know who the father is as Amy Sherman-Palladino left him with that knowledge. He won’t reveal that news however, he does hint that there could be more episodes to come as it’s left a lot of unanswered questions and room for a future series to come. Great timing since “The Good Wife” is ending for a spin-off series that he won’t be involved in apparently.
Finally, there was an outlandish guess by some fans that Rory was acting as a surrogate for Lorelai and Luke’s baby. I, personally, will dismiss this idea because Luke was abhorred by the idea of anyone else having his child except for Lorelai. The fact that Luke also considered Rory as his pseudo daughter, would make it far too creepy an idea. I’m tossing that one out with my empty Diet Pepsi can as I type this right now.
In taking Dan Palladino’s hint that there are hints, though time may have lost them (meaning that they were held back in the original series which would require watching them all again in spite of many of us, having watched them more than 2 or 3 times each), we could let our imaginations run wild in figuring it out. However, from my little corner of life, I think that there are millions of us out here who are chomping at the bit for there to be more Gilmore Girls and the series to re-start so that we can get more answers and start fresh again in 2017/2018 and beyond.
Netflix, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino…are you listening? Our voices are screaming out for more Gilmore Girls.