This moment. This moment right here. This is where everything changed.
Going into the revival, I was sure that Rory would choose Logan. This is not to say that I was Team Logan, I just believed that was the story that Amy wanted to tell. I felt like Jess was her ‘bad boy’ and that though he grew up and became responsible, yet still opinionated and edgy, it was a growth that failed to mirror the path that Rory was on. Their paths diverged. They were never in sync. I saw her aiming for a ‘Logan.’ Rory, of all the Gilmore girls, wanted that life. The life of success and ease and excitement. Logan brought that.
But all has changed for Rory. She likely blew through her trust fund pursuing her career (a topic I’ll discuss in another post). She had some success, but not enough to justify her lifestyle of a jet-setting journalist chasing down stories and having exciting adventures with Logan. The whole thing wasn’t working for her. I saw her Life & Death Brigade experience as being a ‘last hurrah’ for Rory, one which showed her where she didn’t belong any longer.
Pushed back into Stars Hollow, Rory was forced to re-evaluate her life. I don’t think she liked who she was. I didn’t like who she was. But I saw the potential there. The spark of the old Rory. And I think this moment? I think Jess saw it too.
Yes, Jess was there to push things forward. For Luke, for Rory. But as Jess walked out of Lorelai’s house, closing the door behind him, what I didn’t feel was Jess stepping out of Rory’s life. What I saw was Jess looking back into Rory’s life. Opening that door, just a little bit. Considering if it could be what Rory wants. What he wants. Just maybe their paths were lining up again.
Some people have said that Jess was like Rory’s Christopher. Her bad boy. Others have said Logan was her Christopher. I think we should stop drawing these comparisons. They are not the same people. Rory’s story may have come full circle in the Final Four Words, but that does not mean that doors are closed for either Logan or for Jess. There are things left to be explored.
Milo Ventimiglia was just interviewed by ET, saying:
“I think there were still a lot of questions up in the air with Jess. It looks like there are still some feelings he is feeling for Rory,” he confessed, adding that he would “be happy” to film more episodes of the Netflix reboot. “It’s funny, I never really thought too much about what was happening beyond when I left the show, so for Jess to be still wondering, [it is] fascinating.”
As for the big plot twist with the Final Four Words, here’s what Milo has to say to EW (thanks for the tip, JP)
“Let’s think of it in terms of who is Amy going to set up to fight for Rory’s affection,” he said. “Will it be she’s carrying Logan’s child and Jess is going to fight for her because Logan’s going to be schmucky, or is Logan, the rich guy, going to fight for her and Jess is going to be schmucky? I don’t know. I’m thinking it’s Logan’s kid and Jess is going to fight for her.”
So, go ahead Team Jess, get excited. I think this moment says it all.