Is Jess Rory’s Baby Daddy In Gilmore Girls? Here’s What Milo Ventimiglia Said

Jess looking at Rory in A Year in the Life

One of the most viral pop culture moments of last year was Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. The revival series brought back nearly every character and setting from Amy Sherman-Palladino's WB comedy, and showed us where the titular Gilmore Girls are in their lives since the show's 2007 cancellation. And while the four 90 minute episodes were delightful for the show's hardcore fandom, the finale left the audience with a major cliffhanger: Rory is pregnant. And with three different men in her life, it's anybodies guess to the father is- including Milo Ventimiglia's Jess Mariano.

Milo Ventimiglia has been very busy these days, with his starring role in This is Us, in addition to playing Jess in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. And Jess has become one of the most likely choices for Rory's baby daddy, especially after his knowing look toward Rory in his final scene. Now Ventimiglia has addressed these rumors with EW, saying:

Jess absolutely loved Rory still --- absolutely did. But it was also like the moment was passed. Or was it not? I don't know. ... I didn't write the show, so I don't really know.' I just know that [creator Amy Sherman-Palladino] wanted me to look lovingly in the direction of Rory, played by the great Alexis Bledel, and I did. And fans are like, 'Oh my God, is it your baby?' I'm like, 'I don't know. It could be --- I don't think it is --- but it could be.'

So it looks like Jess himself is doubting any parental role in Rory's child's life. But somehow I doubt that will quell any fan theories about the subject. Sorry, Milo.

Upon finishing Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Jess certainly did seem like a possible choice as the father of Rory's baby. While they weren't shown engaging in any romantic scenes with each other, the connection between Jess and Rory has always been one of the most electric in the show's history. And Jess' final look toward Rory certainly put a thread of doubt in audience's minds. Perhaps they did share an intimate moment or two during the events of A Year in the Life, but the audience wasn't privy to it. Rory has been known to make an irrational sexual decision or two in her life, so it's not out of the question.

And while Milo Ventimiglia doesn't seem to be aware of any plans for his character, it's possible that Amy Sherman-Palladino was keeping her cards close to the chest. The final four words of Gilmore Girls had been a mystery surrounding the series for years, so it's safe to say that most of the cast likely didn't know Rory was pregnant. This may make up for Ventimiglia's lack of knowledge for his character, thus keeping Jess as a viable option for the father.

We'll just have to wait and see if Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will return for more episodes. In the meantime, check our summer premiere list and plan your next binge watch.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Graduated with degrees theater and literature from Ramapo College of New Jersey. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid. He's particularly proud of covering horror franchises like Scream and Halloween, as well as movie musicals like West Side Story. Favorite interviews include Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more.