Why We Should Stop Being Obsessed With Rory's Boyfriends, According To The Gilmore Girls Creator

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We've learned a lot about Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival over the past several months. Some of the plot points fans are most intrigued about are who Rory Gilmore will end up with and what is going on with her former beaus on the show. For those who have been loyal Dean or Jess shippers over the years, the answer may not be what you were hoping. In a recent interview, Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life creator Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed exactly why she thinks we should stop being obsessed with Rory's boyfriends. Here's what she had to say:

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.

When she puts it that way, it does sound pretty foolish. Most people don't meet the person they are going to spend the rest of their lives with in high school, although I do personally have a few friends that break that mold. Most of us date around in high school, in college and even for sometime after to figure out what sort of person we want to end up with and what sort of life we want. Since we know Rory is still trying to figure it out at the start of the series, we should be interested in what the heck she has been up to career-wise and not simply who she has invited into her bedroom.

However, Gilmore Girls isn't real life, it's a TV show filled with quirky characters and heartwarming plotlines. It's a show that has a huge fanbase years after it originally aired thanks to creating characters its fans can really get behind---even if they make poor decisions on occasion, like Jess, Dean and Logan did. Because we may not know whatever random guy Rory is eventually going to end up with, it's easier to imagine a life where a romance with one of her former beaus works out.

But apparently, Amy Sherman-Palladino wants us to stop it.

In the interview with Time, the Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life showrunner revealed why she initially introduced Rory to the boys she did, and teased where her love life has gone in the time since:

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.

We'll find out soon enough. Gilmore Girls is actually hitting Netflix's schedule later this month, and although she might be less excited about Rory's youthful boyfriends, they will all be making appearances in the new episodes. You can stream the four 90-minute episodes starting on November 25 at 12:01 a.m. PT. If you'd like to take a look at what we know about the revival, you can check out our episode guide. In addition, if you are looking to see what else the subscription streaming service has coming up, you can check out our Netflix premiere schedule.

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