The cult of Gilmore Girls is alive and thriving even though it has been more than two decades since the series first debuted on our television. Despite multiple binges and a reboot, there are many questions that still plague Gilmore Girls fans. One such pop-culture question that continues to linger years later happens to be about Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) baby daddy.
The beloved TV series returned with every fan-favourite character in 2016 with Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. The reboot series ended with a 32-year-old Rory, now disillusioned with her lofty journalistic career ambitions, pregnant and single just like a teen Lorelai (Lauren Graham)—proving that 32 really is the new 16 for millennial women. And even though it was supposed to be “very, very, very, very, very obvious,” as per Gilmore Girls costume supervisor Valerie Campbell, fans still seem to get stumped over who was the father.
Rory is indeed spotted with multiple men throughout the reboot series, which is supposed to create a modern-day twist on the age-old “Mamma Mia!” situation. However, Campbell took to TikTok last year in March to say it out loud.
To recap, during the limited series revival, Rory was in a relationship with her “unremarkable” boyfriend, Paul (Jack Carpenter), while also having a romantic entanglement with her college sweetheart, Logan (Matt Czuchry), who is engaged to someone else. Rory also had a one-night stand with a man dressed in a Wookiee costume. She also rekindled her connection with high school flame Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), but it is never indicated that they go beyond that.
Campbell delved into the timeline of Rory’s romantic escapades, explaining that her Wookiee fling occurred in spring. She goes on to highlight a “very important” aspect related to costuming, pointing out that if the Wookiee were the father, Rory would have started showing signs of pregnancy by the end of the series. However, the show’s costume department never provided her with a pregnancy belly, which was a clear indication that the Wookiee was not the father.
Campbell then removes any doubt by confirming, “The only obvious choice is—you guessed it—Logan.” She further reveals that even the show’s creator and writer, Amy Sherman-Palladino, made it clear that there shouldn’t be any confusion regarding the father’s identity. Campbell reminded folks, “And Amy [Sherman-Palladino] herself said, ‘Why are people even questioning who the father is?’ It’s because it was supposed to be very, very, very, very, very obvious.”
This obvious deduction disappointed Team Jess fans in particular, which Campbell addressed in a separate TikTok video. She pointed out, “Seriously, guys, it’s not immaculate conception.” In other words, Jess is not the father of Rory’s baby.