Why Rory Slept with Dean

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Amy Sherman-Palladino spoke with EW about the dramatic choice for Rory to sleep with Dean (while he was married) and why they waited for her to have sex beyond high school.

“We didn’t want Rory to have sex in high school; that wasn’t who she was,” Gilmore creator Amy Sherman-Palladino tells EW. As to why season 4 was the right time, Sherman-Palladino says it was just something the writers felt in terms of storytelling and also from talking to people — it was time for Luke and Lorelai to kiss, and it was also time for Rory to have sex.

Alexis Bledel says this was a surprise for her, that she “didn’t think it was something that made a lot of sense” for Rory, but for Jared Padalecki, it wasn’t as shocking:

“I knew that the entire marriage to Lindsay was a cry for help and not a union for a lifetime,” Padalecki says. “He’s in love with somebody who he thinks he doesn’t deserve so he’s found somebody else and convinced himself he can be happy with that person.”

The most difficult part of the plot twist, however, turned out to be a size issue:

“We brought Rory’s bed back [for the revival],” Sherman-Palladino says. “And I remember standing in that room saying, ‘There’s no f—ing way Jared and her fit in that bed.’”

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And yet, they did! Ish?

“It was like a miniature twin,” Bledel adds. “In the outtakes I fell off that bed a couple of times.”

Padalecki bursts into laughter.

“She did! That’s right! Oh my God, that had totally slipped my mind.” As for how he managed to stay on the bed, Padalecki says: “My feet definitely were off it. There was a shot where my waist to my head was laying on the bed but my legs were counterbalancing me on the floor so that I wouldn’t roll off.”

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