Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life came and went as quickly as one of Lorelai’s nine daily cups of coffee. Fans forwent family time, sleep, leftovers, and hygiene to binge all six hours of the Netflix revival over the holiday weekend, and the general consensus seems to be mixed. Was it worth it? Absolutely. Did it leave us equal parts content and frustrated? Of course. The series revival may have ended with a full-freaking-circle moment between Lorelai and Rory, but there’s still a lot of lingering confusion that needs to be addressed.
So let’s take a look at some of the most pressing questions from “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall” and see if we can make sense of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s madness. Amy, we’ll be patiently awaiting any and all answers.
Spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life past this point.
If Rory was so broke, how did she afford all those transatlantic flights?Netflix
Call me crazy, but I think you’d be lucky to find a flight to London under $600. Meanwhile, Rory was flying there and back every other week to “see” (read: sleep with) Logan and “work” (i.e., go to brunch and take notes) on a book she didn’t even want to write. Yet she’s claiming she doesn’t have enough money to buy underwear! So, what gives? Did Rory have to dip into the trust her late grandfather Richard left her to pay for those international booty calls? Or did Logan cover her airfare? (As a once-proud card-carrying member of Team Logan, that makes me extremely sad.) Either way, Rory has to have money.
Whose idea was it to start the affair — Rory’s or Logan’s?Netflix
Rory and Logan’s affair was the most mind-boggling part of the revival. After all, when we last saw Logan, he was ready to denounce his awful father Mitchum and the stupid Huntzberger family dynasty for Rory. So why is he treating her like a side-piece 10 years later? The Logan we once knew was not the type of guy who would carry on a tawdry affair, so this “when we’re together, we’re together, and when we’re not, we’re not” policy just doesn’t make any sense. And they already tried to do the whole “no strings attached” thing at Yale — why would they think it would be any different now that Logan is engaged and Rory has a boyfriend? It’s hard to say when this affair started, but they both seemed a little too casual about the fact they were cheating on their significant others. That’s a major blow to Team Logan.
Who’s the father of Rory’s baby?Netflix
After years of anticipation and buildup, here’s how The Last Four Words went down:
Rory: “I’m pregnant.”
Presumably, Rory has a little Huntzberger bun in the oven. After all, they enjoyed one last night together in “Fall” — a few weeks before Rory broke the baby news to Lorelai in the Stars Hollow gazebo. It’s a moment that marks Rory’s story as coming full circle — raising a child in Stars Hollow, with Logan as her Christopher (and Jess as her Luke, given the former-rebel-with-a-cause’s last lingering look at Rory). Rory slept with The Wookiee in “Spring,” which rules him out, and I got the feeling Rory and her “boyfriend” Paul have never made it past second base. So either the baby is a Huntzberger, or Rory became a surrogate for some much-needed cash.
Is Rory actually the next David Foster Wallace?Netflix
LOL. No. Not even close. In A Year in the Life, Rory Gilmore is the literal personification of Tyra Banks’s “I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you” speech. What was that Condé Nast guy smoking?
Is Rory even a good journalist?Netflix
I'm going to go out on a limb and say no. She may have a journalism degree from Yale, but that doesn’t mean she knows the first thing about being an actual journalist. Despite bylines in The New Yorker, Slate, and The Atlantic, she’s struggling to find a full-time job — a much-too-real scenario for all the journalism majors out there. But my biggest problem with Rory is her entitlement. For example, she thinks she’s too good for a female-focused start-up? RORY. DO YOU EVEN KNOW HOW HARD IT IS TO GET A STABLE JOB IN MEDIA? RORY. DO YOU REALIZE THE HUFFINGTON POST WAS ONCE A START-UP? RORY. WHEN SOMEONE SAYS THEY WANT YOU, YOU TAKE THE DAMN INTERVIEW — AND NOT AS A LAST RESORT. RORY. WHEN YOU GO TO THE INTERVIEW, YOU SHOULD PROBABLY COME PREPARED WITH PITCHES AND IDEAS.
But I digress. Rory is the kind of entitled “journalist” who walks into an interview unprepared, who sleeps with one of her subjects, who falls asleep mid-interview! She doesn’t have the hunger to chase down a story, as evidenced by her decision to do some vague reporting about lines in New York City and then abandon the piece midway through. Being a good writer doesn’t make you a good journalist, and by the end of A Year in the Life, Rory has found her calling in the form of a book about her and her mom. She titles it Gilmore Girls, and now we can all forget about her journalistic aspirations.
Are Rory and Jess meant to be like Lorelai and Luke?Netflix
It’s not definitive, but the way Jess stole that longing glance at Rory on the eve of Luke and Lorelai’s wedding implied that Jess would eventually be back in the picture. He also gave Rory the idea for her Gilmore Girls novel, so there’s no way Jess and Rory’s story is over — even if they just end up as friends. (Yeah right.) That being said, Gilmore Girls was always a story about mothers and daughters, so I appreciate the fact that the revival’s ending didn’t hinge on Rory’s love life.
Is Logan really just another Christopher?Netflix
If Jess is Rory’s Luke, then does that make Logan her Christopher? Sherman-Palladino would like you to think so, but I’m not so convinced. It’s not as black and white as that — it never is. Let’s not forget that Rory is still Christopher’s daughter, and like Christopher, she’s a restless spirit at heart. It took her 10 years to finally get her shit together! That being said, there are certain things about Logan that are reminiscent of Rory’s dad, like how he’s a handsome one-percenter who’s afraid of commitment. But I also don’t see him giving up on his kid. Then again, I didn’t see him cheating on his fiancée with Rory, so what do I know?
Were The Last Four Words supposed to go down when Rory was actually closer to 22?Netflix
Sherman-Palladino has always said that she intended to end the series with The Last Four Words, but there’s something about that reveal that bums me out. If the Sherman-Palladinos got their original ending, that means Rory would have been single and pregnant much closer to 22. While it brings the narrative full circle, it also means that Rory would have had to sacrifice some of her career milestones to raise her child. Lorelai worked so hard to give Rory the life she deserved — that life she herself was never able to have because she got pregnant at 16 — so Rory’s pregnancy bombshell would have been a bittersweet (but mostly bitter) way to end the series. Even a decade later, Rory is still nowhere near ready for motherhood, but at least she’s got her life somewhat together. Not to mention, she’s now the same age as Lorelai was when Gilmore Girls first began, which feels like a fitting place to end things.
What was the real Wi-Fi password at Luke’s?Netflix
Knowing Luke, it was probably Lorelai042668, or LukeLuvsLorel@i. I guess we’ll never know.