Damn, it feels so good to be back in Stars Hollow.
It’s safe to say the waterworks started for many of us the moment Lorelai Gilmore (a.k.a the cutest winter baby to ever grace the fictional world) smelt the season’s first snow. Of course, there were quite a few surprises on Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
First of all, it’s hard to believe that Paul is a human being with a functioning brain (or any semblance of self-respect), given the numerous times Rory treated him like a doormat. Clearly, Rory is flailing around in both her professional and personal life, holding onto her careless, self-absorbed ways that many of us thought would be tossed once Logan got the boot at the end of Season 7. But this is Gilmore Girls — everything moves very slowly here and that’s the point! It’s also why the cliffhanger ending feels very, very familiar. Everything has a way of coming back full circle in this beautiful snow globe universe of misfits and quirky trust-fund babies.
So all you Team Jess fans out there: Don’t lose hope, because Rory and Jess are totally meant to be. In fact, the ending basically sets us up for it. So without further ado, here are 5 reasons why Jess will become Rory’s Luke. (Side note: We are also hoping for a new set of episodes very soon, so we can actually see this storyline play out!)
1) Like Mother, Like Daughter
Unfortunately, Logan was Rory’s most prominently featured ex in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. While it was initially surprising to see Rory and Logan as friends with benefits, it was also totally in character for them. Rory and Logan are basically the younger versions of Lorelai and Christopher. It took them some time to fully quit each other which was why their arrangement felt comforting and convenient for the time being.
Yes, it was very disappointing to see Rory having yet another affair and not even feeling bad about it ― she was mostly concerned with her own feelings AGAIN ― but that also revealed that Rory isn’t meant to be with Logan. She’s supposed to be with someone who challenges her to be a better person.
At this point, we can also assume that Rory is carrying Logan’s baby and that she plans on raising the child alone. That’s why Rory and Christopher’s conversation near the end of the revival felt incredibly fitting and sad. Rory asked her dad if he regretted not being a part of her life, and he basically confirmed that Lorelai and Rory were better off on their own. This Logan-Christopher parallel points to the idea that Logan will go back to London, marry the woman his family approves of, and eventually turn into a less insufferable version of his father. After all, Christopher also tried to rebel against his silver spoon, but eventually ended up eating from it after life smacked him around a bit.
2) The Ultimate Pick-Me-Upper
Who needs caffeine when you have Jess Mariano at hand? Okay, so Rory will realistically need both! Just like Luke was always present during Lorelai’s most crushing moments of defeat, Jess is always the voice of hope and reason for Rory. After Rory crawled back into her cave of self-pity and defeat, Jess came in with his a new set of biceps and the advice she so desperately needed to hear. Not only does Jess remind Rory that she’s meant to be a writer, but he GIVES her the idea to write Gilmore Girls. He’s always there to cut right through adult Rory’s bullshit and set her straight because teenage Rory did exactly the same for him. These two sure have a beautiful system of give-and-take.
3) If at first you don’t succeed, try again (till the coffee runs out).
Rory and Jess have a very long and complicated history, but they always wind up coming back to each other. Yeah, just like Lorelai and Luke! These two need to sort through all the losers and then eventually figure it all out. Remember how many clear signs Lorelai and Luke ignored because they were either too scared to act on their feelings, or too stubborn to admit how much they loved each other? So maybe Jess just needs to go out there, have an annoying kid like April, and then return to Rory so he can help raise the child that Logan probably won’t stick around for.
Plus, no one was convinced when Jess told Luke that he was totally over Rory, especially since he stared at her longingly through the window. We see right though your rugged, sexy exterior, Jess Mariano! You’re fooling no one. NO ONE.
4) Like Uncle, Like Nephew
Everything goes full-circle in the Gilmore Girls world. There’s no irony in the fact that Jess is Luke’s nephew. Amy Sherman-Palladino has always had a very clear and steady vision of where these characters will end up, so it makes sense that the younger, just as grumpy but lovable version of Luke would be Rory’s main man. In fact, it’s hilarious that Lorelai isn’t too keen on Jess, considering how resistant Emily was of Luke for most of Gilmore Girls. Plus, Jess has had a rough upbringing and he totally gets the Stars Hollow thing, even though the town freaks him out. Luke is also bothered by all the weird, small town antics, but he chooses to live there because of his roots and his (kind of) secret love for everyone who lives there. Like Luke, Stars Hollow is the only real home that Jess has known, so his history with the town is more sentimental than he might cop out to.
5) Two Peas in a Pod
What makes Rory and Jess different from Luke and Lorelai are their shared interests. In fact, Rory and Jess’ love for literature, history, and music is what ultimately brought them together. Not only are they on the same level intellectually, but they’ve also seen each other at their worst…and STUCK AROUND! Rory and Jess experienced and survived their formative years together, and were also friends before becoming more (Also, like Lorelai and Luke). And, can you imagine how awesome their shared library and music collection would be? EPIC.
Rory & Jess forever. It’s basically written in the stars.