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‘Gilmore Girls’ Netflix Revival’s Shocking Ending: Here Are the Best Theories About Rory’s Big Reveal

The suspense! The Gilmore Girls revival finally arrived on Netflix Friday, November 25, and it featured Rory (Alexis Bledel) facing no shortage of drama in her love life as she met up with a slew of old flames — plus a few new ones! And then of course, viewers were hit with that stunning final scene. (Spoilers ahead!)

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life wrapped up with the show’s infamous final four words, which were Rory’s revelation to her mom that she’s pregnant. The only problem is, there was no sign of who the father is, and any number of possibilities remain. Here are the leading theories to explain Rory’s soon-to-arrive bundle of joy.

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Paul (Jack Carpenter) was Rory’s new boyfriend, and he was totally unremarkable and unmemorable. In fact, when Rory introduced him to Lorelai (Lauren Graham), she swore she’d never met him before, but he recalled meeting her on several occasions! Rory even made multiple mental notes — out loud and on paper — about getting around to dumping him.

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He was sweet, eager and endearing, if a little clingy, but the way he ended things so abruptly with a text was really uncool, even if Rory did forget for months at a time that he existed, not to mention that she cheated on him all the time. 

So could he be the father? Seems unlikely, given that he and Rory rarely even ever seemed to be in the same room together, let alone getting busy. 

Which leads Us to…

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Whenever Rory was in London to work on a book that never ended up getting written, she was sleeping with Logan (Matt Czuchry), who was engaged to a French heiress. He wasn’t the only one of her ex-boyfriends who made an appearance, but he was the only one whose dad pulled some strings to get her an interview at Condé Nast — not to mention the only one who was seen sharing a bed with her.

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Ultimately, Logan was a lot sweeter than expected and really seemed to care about Rory, a.k.a. Ace, but he was engaged and lived half a globe away. Their final goodbye was touching and devastating all at once, but Team Logan will always have its ardent supporters, so all of the guys, he would perhaps make the most sense as the baby daddy.

Guy in a Wookiee Costume

While working on a story for GQ that came about from the Condé Nast meeting, Rory stood in line for a collector’s item. There, she met a guy dressed as a Wookiee, resulting in her first and only one-night stand.

Our favorite part about Rory’s interaction with him might have been Lorelai asking if the guy kept the costume on during sex. Maybe he’s the dad, and he and Rory are about to have an awkward follow-up meeting? That said, they had sex in the spring, and the pregnancy reveal wasn’t until fall, so the timing probably doesn’t work out. 


Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) appeared only briefly, and he was the one who gave Rory the idea to write the book about Lorelai. There was no great romantic rekindling, but he did give her quite the wistful glance through that window, so who knows what could have transpired between these two.

Alexis Bledel
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore Saeed Adyani/Netflix


Last but not least, Rory ran into Dean (Jared Padalecki) while shopping for last-minute supplies for Lorelai’s wedding. They shared a touching moment as he talked about his kids and the baby he and his wife had on the way.

Rory asked him if she could include him in her book, promising him that she would represent him as the perfect first boyfriend who made her into the person she became. But did they share chemistry? Eh, not so much.


Rory clearly has an in with a surrogacy clinic, given that her best pal Paris (Liza Weil) met with Lorelai and Luke (Scott Patterson) about baby options. It would definitely be a curveball, but perhaps it’s not out of the question to think that Rory is serving as a surrogate for Paris’ company.

Will There Actually Be More Episodes?

The ending definitely suggests that this isn’t the last we’ve seen of the Stars Hollow gang. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino demurred in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, saying, “This is the piece that we wanted to do. … We’ve got to put this to bed.” However, she also added, “And then whatever happens, happens.”

Tell Us: Who do you think is the father?

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is now streaming on Netflix. 

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