The biggest thread in the revival of Gilmore Girls has been: #TeamDean, #TeamJess vs #TeamLogan. Truly, it’s the hottest topic of discussion. And Amy Sherman-Palladino doesn’t like it.
In an interview today with TIME, Amy Sherman-Palladino discusses this obsession with Rory’s boyfriends and how it takes away from how Rory was meant to be seen, as ambitious and strong and family-oriented:
It’s a small part of who Rory is. Rory didn’t spend her days thinking, “Who am I going to end up with?” Rory was much more concerned about “How do I get that interview at the New York Times?” It’s a natural thing: People love romance…
Sometimes I wish that the Dean and Jess thing weren’t so prominent because in the grand scheme of Rory’s life, who her boyfriend was when she was 16 years old is such a small event. I don’t begrudge people the excitement of Jess and Dean. But they were there to show Rory’s evolution as a character. She picked certain boys for her depending on who she was at that moment. It was part of her character. It was part of her development that Dean was her first boyfriend, that Jess was the boy that diverted her attention. Then she wound up with Logan, and God knows where she’s been since then.
Amy notes that she has personal affection for all three actors and characters and served their purpose in supporting the stories around Lorelai and Rory, noting that “Lorelai’s relationships, Rory’s relationships were a way for us to explore the mother-daughter relationship.”
The fact that people love them and are excited about them is great. It’s just such a small part of who Rory is. I don’t see people debating “What newspaper is Rory’s working for?” “Did she win a Pulitzer yet?” It’s all about Dean and Jess. Dean was 16 years old when they dated. Everybody should go back and think about their boyfriend at 16 and then reevaluate whether that should be the focus of the conversation.
And it’s true. Right now, nobody is commenting here wondering what kinds of stories Rory chased down or where she’s travelled to, we see only the focus on her relationships. And that’s why a small portion of people have been #TeamSomeoneElse for Rory, since Amy’s point is valid: would you go back to the relationships that defined who you were at 16?