The sets have been reconstructed. Most of the cast is returning. Filming has begun! Yes, the long-awaited revival of Gilmore Girls is official, and while we have been gifted with some behind-the-scenes photos from the set, details on what, exactly, will happen in this new set of four episodes have been pretty sparse. The question on many people’s minds is: Who will Rory end up with? At the end of the initial Gilmore Girls run, she had embarked on a career as a political reporter without any romantic entanglements, but this time around, viewers will definitely want to see her get some smoochy smooch. Will it be Jess, Dean, or Logan? Or maybe someone else completely? We looked at all of Rory’s possible suitors for the upcoming Gilmore Girls reboot and calculated the odds.
Tristan (Chad Michael Murray) – Odds: 50:1
Chad Michael Murray appeared as smug Chilton bad boy Tristan in the first two seasons of Gilmore Girls (before making his exit to star on One Tree Hill), and it might be nice to see the character pop up again years later – maybe he’s been reformed and is now worthy of Rory’s affection? But although Tristan and Rory did share a kiss once, it was only because Rory was on the rebound. Other than that, she showed zero romantic interest in him. She and the viewers would probably find that romantic union pretty unsatisfying – and the fact that Murray isn’t confirmed to return to Gilmore Girls is a pretty good sign this won’t happen.
Marty (Wayne Wilcox) – Odds: 30:1
Sure, there are people out there who are staunchly on Team Marty, rooting for Rory’s Yale buddy to finally land the girl he’d been pining for back in university. But while plenty of Nice Guys would probably fist pump in triumph at this turn of events, it’s just not going to happen. Just as with Tristan, Rory never exhibited even the tiniest bit of romantic intent toward Marty – and once he got all weird with Lucy (Krysten Ritter) as well, both girls rightly cut him out of their lives. Meanwhile, Wilcox is currently busy on stage with the Sense and Sensibility musical, so even getting Marty back to Stars Hollow at all may be difficult.
Dean (Jared Padalecki) – Odds: 10:1
Hey, we all loved Dean in the first couple of seasons. He was the ideal boyfriend. He built Rory a car! (And Padalecki is pretty easy on the eyes, too.) But by the end of Gilmore Girls, the whole Dean-and-Rory thing had kind of run its course. He’d cheated on his wife with her, he’d dumped her for making rich friends at Yale, and then he sulked because Rory had outgrown him. While it’s great that Padalecki is definitely returning for the reboot, Rory simply deserves better than ending up with the first guy she ever dated.
Logan (Matt Czuchry) – Odds: 5:1
Czuchry is also coming back for the revival, and while some fans had legitimate issues with the character of Logan, it’s easy to see that by the end of GG‘s initial run, he and Rory had actually built a loving, supportive relationship together. The only reason they break up is that Rory wasn’t ready to get engaged – maybe this time around, they’ve both grown and evolved and are ready to take the next step? However, it’s hard to deny that with Logan, there’s still a “been there, done that” aspect that might be a little frustrating. If anyone could pull it off, it’s Amy Sherman-Palladino, but it still seems as though Logan being Rory’s ultimate guy isn’t the most likely outcome.
Nobody – Odds: 4:1
Hey, Rory’s a strong, independent woman. She ended the initial Gilmore Girls run single and ready to embark upon her career, and she doesn’t need a man to complete her! It would be a strong and important message to send that Rory has found personal satisfaction with her job, her family, and her friends, without any romantic distractions. Most viewers would probably be really annoyed if this happened, but hey, Amy Sherman-Palladino isn’t immune from storylines that annoy people. (Remember April, Luke’s daughter? Yeah, she’s coming back, too. Sorry.)
Someone we haven’t met yet – Odds: 3:1
This is the outcome that would probably be the most realistic, even though it might not be the most satisfying. After all, wouldn’t we all hate to have our romantic possibilities be limited to the people we dated in high school and university? There are so many other people out there in the world, and perhaps Rory can look fondly upon her past loves while finding a true partnership with someone completely new. However, with only four episodes to make viewers like this hypothetical mystery person, the Gilmore Girls revival may not want to risk introducing someone that everyone ends up hating.
Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) – Odds: 2:1
Yes, Jess was a huuuuuuge jerkwad to Rory in seasons 2 and 3 of Gilmore Girls, and their breakup was just and fair. However, as their paths occasionally crossed in the years that followed, it was clear that Jess had grown and matured to the point that he and Rory might actually make a good couple – it’s just that the timing never really worked out. The fervent fans on Team Jess never really got any satisfaction, and it seems the most likely that this new Gilmore Girls revival is the perfect opportunity to finally bring Rory and Jess together. (And yes, Ventimiglia is returning.) While it’s not a sure thing, it’s probably the best bet you can make regarding Rory’s romantic future on the new Gilmore Girls revival. We know where our money is!