Why Rory Won't Be Happy When Gilmore Girls Returns

Rory Gilmore has always been the very picture of a hard-working individual for whom success seemed inevitable. But, it sounds like things won't be going quite so well for this Gilmore Girl when the show returns on Netflix November 25. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has given us a glimpse into what we can expect from the current life of the character.

It's this idea of, you hit [your 30s], you did everything right --- you went to college, you had the good grades, you worked really hard --- and yet somehow life isn't turning out the way you wanted it to turn out. And because the world is changing [so quickly] I think that's something a lot of very well educated [thirtysomething] kids are going through. They're turning around going, 'I did it. I did the homework. I did the finals. I did the whole thing. I know the s--t. Why am I not getting where I need to go?

Oh, poor Rory. Amy Sherman-Palladino spoke about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life during the Television Critics Association summer press tour (via TVLine), and revealed that Rory won't be feeling like her life has turned out exactly as planned when we pick up with her again. On one hand, it's true that many people's lives go down roads that they don't expect between the end of college and their early thirties, but, on the other hand, Rory Gilmore is not one to leave many things to chance. She is the ultimate planner and goal-setter, so, it would seem that if something hasn't turned out for her the way she wanted it to that she may have, unexpectedly, missed some steps along the way. At least, that's what my grown-ass woman logic tells me. Meanwhile, the part of my brain that adores 99% of all things Rory is yelling She couldn't have missed anything, you dolt! This is Rory, you're talking about!

The last time we saw Rory she had turned down college boyfriend Logan's marriage proposal to be a reporter on Obama's presidential campaign, which was, really, right on track for what she'd been talking about doing the entire time we knew the character. She'd always wanted to be a journalist, and now she had worked her ass off and finally gotten a job in her chosen field.

So, what could Rory be looking for that she hasn't yet gotten by the time she's in her thirties? Well, you can call out which team you're on all you want (Dean, Jess or Logan), but I'm going to declare that she never did get the best boyfriend during the original run of Gilmore Girls. And while something tells me that man troubles will be at least a part of her mood, Rory is too smart and with-it to base any significant portion of her self-worth on getting or keeping a boyfriend. I think the thing that would bug her most would be being stalled in her career. No one who works as hard as our Rory could stand hitting a job wall for very long without losing it a little.

Well, hopefully Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will end with things on the upswing for Rory once again; heaven only knows what havoc Lorelai and Emily would wreak if that lady isn't happy for too long.

Adrienne Jones
Senior Content Creator

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