After months of excitement and anticipation, the Gilmore Girls revival has come and gone, leaving thousands of women in various states of satisfaction, apathy, and disappointment in its wake. Most of the discussion I’ve witnessed, from friends and in more formal contexts, has focused on the those four infamous final words. And, so, that is what I would like to discuss here. Spoiler evaders beware…
In all total honesty, the final four words were not very surprising and thus rather underwhelming. For viewers that never saw that ending coming, I question where they’ve been in the weeks leading up to the revival and if they were even paying attention during the events preceding those final four words.
One of the promotional posters for the revival prominently featured an apple, a reoccurring trope from the original series that was always linked to pregnancy. Lots of fans had hypothesized that the final words would have something to do with Rory giving birth to a daughter and naming her Lorelai to continue the legacy. When the surrogate-talk came up at the beginning of the revival itself, there was too much of an emphasis on pregnancy and child-rearing for one of the Gilmore Girls not to end up pregnant by the end of Fall. With all of this already in mind, the real purpose behind Rory’s visit to Christopher was completely transparent to me: Rory was obviously pregnant.
So, the final four words were not surprising to me at all, and I really have no problem with the idea of Rory being pregnant at the end of the revival. What I DO have a problem with is the situation under which she became pregnant and the ways in which the revival completely destroyed the Rory we knew and loved from the original series.
When Rory slept with a married Dean, she was a young girl caught up in the idea of her first love trapped in an unhappy marriage. She was not totally without remorse and eventually realized that this wasn’t the way she should be acting, so she moved on. What we see instead in the revival is a colder version of Rory with no real qualms about sneaking around behind another woman’s back. Her unsatisfactory feelings regarding the affair center only around how the fiancé is interrupting her own time with Logan. On top of that, she cheats on her own boyfriend repeatedly with Logan, and even randomly sleeps with another dude in the process. Never does she seem to have any sort of guilt or remorse for any of this. In addition, all of this is added on top of a train wreck of a career path in which Rory continually views herself as too good for the opportunities that are given to her.
To those saying that the revival is a realistic portrayal of some 30-somethings nowadays, you’re right. It is totally feasible that a 32 year-old woman might have plateaued in her career and might be struggling to figure out the next phase of her life. It is totally feasible that a 32 year-old woman might have to move back home. It is totally feasible that a 32 year-old woman might unintentionally get pregnant out of wedlock. I understand all of this, and I appreciate the revival’s decision not to give Rory a perfect life as an adult. What is not feasible, though, is that sweet, smart Rory Gilmore became a conceited, selfish, home-wrecking adult that thinks she is entitled to anything and anyone she wants without any consideration of others.
Rory is not the protagonist of this story; she’s the villain. She’s out of touch with reality and acts without regard to the feelings of others. She knowingly ruins lives without a second thought, and she betrays herself through this behavior. For this reason, I cannot and will not ever be satisfied with the Gilmore Girls revival.