So who's the daddy?
Fans have already developed a smattering of theories on Rory's baby's parentage, running from ridiculous to plausible. Could she have joined Paris's team of apple-cheeked surrogates? (Come on, Rory's trust fund can't have run out yet.) Did she do it with Paul, her ghost of a boyfriend throughout the new episodes? (Paul's forgettableness was a funny running gag, but it seems doubtful that a text-message dumper would harbor enough passion to inseminate an absent partner.) Or did Rory finally hook up with Jess after those "Summer" whiskeys? (We fans have been praying to see that happen for decades, and for it to happen off-camera would be the ultimate betrayal.)
So it had to be Logan. Rory's still-infatuated ex is the Gilmore circle of life incarnate. Not to get all Freudian, but Logan is just a blond version of Rory's father, Christopher, which is pretty much the only reason she'd hang around such a duplicitous dude for so long. Throughout "Winter," "Spring," and "Summer," Rory hooks up with her rich college ex -- who's engaged to be married to another woman -- despite the fact that she has a partner of her own and knows Logan is bad news. Lorelai spent several seasons doing a similar dance with Christopher. Plus, both Logan and Christopher share a boneheaded but good-natured charm that's amplified by family fortune. On paper, they're great protectors, but when the going gets tough, they offer up some money and go running.
Rory's climactic last meeting with her father underscored that dynamic. Upon first viewing, Rory's confrontation with Christopher plays out like a responsible journalist and still-scorned daughter trying to make sense of her absent father's regrettable decisions. But if you watch it after learning of Rory's new baggage, the scene reads like she's trying to make sense of something else: how her own reckless and entitled ex-partner will react to the news of her pregnancy, and a meditation on whether Rory will want to raise a child on her own.
As a series postscript, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life pulled off a sneaky hat-trick: leaving us with more questions about its characters' future than it filled in the blanks of the past nine years. After spending six new hours in Stars Hollow, I trust that our beloved friends and townies will be OK (except poor Lane, who got the short shrift yet again). But there's one score we absolutely must have settled: that baby had better be a freaking girl. The last thing Rory needs is to have to change her book title.
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