We know that #JessIsBack, with the confirmation last week that Milo Ventimiglia would be returning for the role in the Gilmore Girls revival, tentatively titled Gilmore Girls: Season. The 4-part reboot of 90-minute episodes will appear on Netflix later this year (date unannounced). Given that there will be 4 episodes (well, more like movies), the number of episodes per character is actually quite a revealing piece of information.
In an interview with TVLine, Milo Ventimiglia revealed that he would be returning as Jess in “more than two, less than four” episodes, revealing his 3-episode arc on the revival. Milo, who is happy to “strap on his leather jacket” for Jess, revealed this about Jess:
“I was trying to recall where we left off with him. I think he was starting his own press in Philadelphia. He had written a book. And he was trying to re-inspire Rory into going back to her roots. Not much has changed in Jess’ world since then. Jess might’ve been a pain in the ass when he first got to Stars Hollow, but he grew up and became a pretty decent guy. So it’s kind of a continuation of that with Jess.”
One of the questions most of us have about the Gilmore Girls revival is: who will Rory end up with? The world is afire with speculation on #TeamJess vs #TeamDean vs #TeamLogan, or even #TeamSingle or #TeamSomeoneElse, with Amy Sherman-Palladino revealing that Rory would be single when we start out, still dating.
Knowing that Milo Ventimiglia will appear in 3 episodes opens up some possible plot lines:
- The 4 episodes each represent a season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Thus, a full year passes in the time span of the new plot arc.
- If Jess appears in 3 episodes, his plot line will need to span approximately 9 months of the year. Does this mean he starts dating Rory again? And which 3 episodes does he appear in?
- If Jess does not appear in all 4 episodes, this could mean that his plot line ends in the 3rd episode. Does this mean he will not be the one who ends up with Rory? Or is he skipping an episode in the middle?
As you can see, the simple revelation of number of episodes has quite large ramifications for Rory’s love life. I had a theory that many characters were returning to the series in order to attend Richard’s funeral, which offered an easy (if sad) way to have a large number of actors return to the show in some capacity. Obviously, in the case of Jess, his story is going to be more substantive.
What is your theory on the return of Jess?
Also set to return to Gilmore Girls, fulfilling Amy Sherman-Palladino’s wish “as many of the lovely men back as possible,” are Jared Padalecki (Dean) and Matt Czuchry (Logan). We do not have information on how many episodes each of these actors will appear in.
See a full list of CONFIRMED actors returning to Gilmore Girls here (kept updated daily).