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Gilmore Girls: 5 Plausible Theories About THAT Cliffhanger

Nov 29 2016 - 7:35am

Warning: major spoilers below!

We're in an emotional tailspin after watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life [1], and we need answers. Since it was only intended to be a one-time thing, Netflix hasn't ordered a second season [2] and we're afraid we'll never know — seriously, if you haven't heard the final four words [3], stop reading immediately — who the father of Rory's baby is. Sure, we're still rooting for her to end up with Jess (did you catch that meaningful glance [4]?), but unless they secretly slept together, he's not the father. Before this turns into an episode of Maury, let's lay out the most plausible options.

Logan Is the Father

This is the most obvious answer. Rory is sleeping with Logan throughout A Year in the Life [5] and only breaks up with him for good in the "Fall" episode. Consider an interview that Amy Sherman-Palladino gave to Entertainment Weekly days before the new series premiered. On the topic of Logan [6], she says, "We wanted Rory to date her father. Every girl has a father issue, and Logan was Christopher. Logan was charming, smart, and not quite the dependable soul that you need. Or, at that time, was not the great dependable soul."

It would be a full-circle moment for Rory to become pregnant with Logan's child, as Lorelai has become pregnant with Christopher's baby.

The Wookiee Is the Father

In one of Rory's lowest moments, she sleeps with a Wookiee. That is to say, she sleeps with a human dressed as a Wookiee who she meets while researching her (doomed) piece on people who wait in long lines for things. The timeline doesn't exactly work out; if she sleeps with the Wookiee at the end of Spring, she would be six months pregnant at the end of Fall, when Lorelai and Luke get married and the series concludes. Rory is wearing baggy clothes, but even an oversize sweater probably wouldn't hide a six-month baby bump. Plus, Rory wouldn't keep something like that from her mother for six whole months.

Rory Gets Artificially Inseminated

Option three is that Rory enlists the help of baby guru Paris to have a baby on her own terms. This is unlikely simply because Rory never really talks about wanting to have a baby. She's such a rational person that it wouldn't be like her to just decide to have a baby (as a single mother or otherwise) when she's at such a crossroads in her life already.

She's a Surrogate For Lorelai and Luke

An admittedly weird theory is that Rory decides to be a surrogate for Lorelai and Luke. It's not particularly likely given that Luke doesn't seem interested in having a kid, and in order for Rory to have the baby, she'd need not only his consent, but some of his . . . stuff. If this turns out to be true, it would mean that the storyline happened completely off screen. While Rory and Lorelai are close, I highly doubt Sherman-Palladino would write them to be this close.

She's a Surrogate For Michel

A fifth option is that Rory does agree to be a surrogate, but she does it for Michel and his husband. Michel is considering having a baby throughout the course of A Year in the Life, and he seems to be (maybe) gradually softening up to the idea. Again, this plot would have to have occurred off screen, but maybe Rory agrees to carry their child. Personally, I think this would be way more likely than Rory carrying Luke and Lorelai's baby. Also, less creepy.


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