Like mother, like … granddaughter? Ever since the launch of Gilmore Girls’ Netflix revival, fans have been generating many a theory on what might happen next in the lives of Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham). With the last four words floating in the air, and Lorelai’s jaw still most likely hanging on the floor, one unique theory has surfaced, causing fans to rethink everything they know about Rory and her future. (Spoilers ahead!)

While Rory is undoubtedly her mother’s daughter, all those years of Friday night dinners and DAR functions may have influenced her in more ways than one. In other words, fans are now convinced that many similarities can be drawn between the nature of Rory's relationship with on-off beau Logan (Matt Czuchry), and the one Emily had with her late husband, Richard (Edward Herrmann). 

One theory goes as far as to say that Rory and Logan’s relationship essentially parallels her grandparents'! Here's why fans are convinced, and why it could mean a long but perhaps spark-free bond for the pair.

Forbidden College Sweethearts

Just as Richard and Emily met and fell in love after getting introduced at a Yale party, Rory met Logan while they were both studying at the esteemed university. Richard and Logan, both wealthy and wise men born and bred, belong to elite families and have legacies to uphold. Despite the fact that choosing Emily and Rory, respectively, as their romantic partners did not sit well with their families, Richard and Logan followed their hearts and made it through their days at Yale with their leading ladies by their sides!

The Other Woman

In case you need a refresher, when Emily and Richard met, he was already engaged to another woman, Pennilyn Lott, who he eventually left to be with Emily. In the revival, Rory reunites with Logan, who is now engaged to a French heiress named Odette. Sound familiar? But the question remains: Will Rory follow in her grandmother’s footsteps, and will Odette eventually be yesterday’s news?

Missing a Mother’s Blessing

Loyal fans of the series know that the OG Gilmore family matriarch — Richard’s mother, Trix — had it out for Emily since the start. Not only did she constantly vocalize her disapproval of Richard’s wife during her appearances on the show, but before Richard wed Emily way back when, Trix wrote her son a letter the night before the union begging him to not go through with it! 

The high and mighty Huntzberger clan is also not so quick to welcome a newcomer into their circle. When Logan and Rory attend a family dinner, his mother, Shira, pulls a Trix and openly condemns their relationship! However, much like Richard and Emily, Logan and Rory fought for their love and prevailed despite challenging family matters.

Partners or Lovers?

Emily and Richard’s stable and balanced relationship could be attributed at least in part to the fact that they could be seen as having more of a partnership than a relationship. They were the best of friends who had each other’s back and enjoyed each other’s company, but whether or not they were always in love can certainly be brought into question. In the revival, Logan is Rory’s shoulder to cry on. He is the voice she knows will always answer the phone and listen to her vent, no matter what the time of day. He is a comfort she can always turn to, someone who will offer unconditional personal and professional advice and support when she needs it the most. They have a good thing going, but will it last, or are they better off maintaining a platonic relationship?

Even though many fans swear that Logan is Rory’s Christopher (David Sutcliffe), meaning that he is the father of her unborn child, there might be more to the story! Just as Rory has a little bit of Emily and a little bit of Lorelai running through her veins, perhaps Logan is a healthy combination of both Christopher and Richard, not one or the other. After all, Rory is indeed a Gilmore girl, through and through.

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

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