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Jess Mariano is the one boyfriend in Gilmore Girls, besides Luke Danes, who gets the most love. Fans are largely apathetic when it comes to Dean Forrester and have seriously negative feelings about Logan Huntzberger. If you look at it carefully, though, Logan might not have been that bad. Most of the hate he gets has more to do with Rory Gilmore’s behavior than Logan. Maybe, just maybe, fans don’t hate Logan. They just really can’t stand Rory.

Rory and Logan met while Rory was in a state of flux

Logan’s arrival on the scene didn’t sit right with Rory’s fans. He, in many ways, represented everything Lorelai Gilmore tried to keep Rory away from. Lorelai made her feelings about Logan known. She feared that bringing Rory into his world would only bring problems. But, to be fair, by the time Logan showed up in Rory’s life, she was already starting to make bad decisions.

Rory Gilmore and Logan Huntzberger in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Rory Gilmore and Logan Huntzberger | Netflix

Fans often point to her affair with Dean as the moment when Rory went bad. That was long before she met Logan and months before she even began to see him as a love interest. He had absolutely nothing to do with that situation, and while he was certainly a party boy, he never broke up a marriage, unlike Rory. Lorelai might have been concerned, but Rory was headed off track before Logan. That much is true. 

Rory didn’t go off course because of Logan; she went off course because she couldn’t handle criticism

Logan haters often argue that he was why she went off course and quit Yale, however brief that break was. While it is true that Logan and Rory were already an item when she left school to sit around in her grandparents’ pool house, the decision was not his to make.

Rory quit school not because of Logan but rather because she couldn’t handle one man’s criticism. When Mitchum Huntzberger told her she wasn’t good enough to be a journalist, she just gave up. Her decision to party with Logan and his friends had little to do with Logan and everything to do with Rory’s inability to deal with her problems.

Logan was actually really good to Rory during his time on Gilmore Girls

Logan certainly wasn’t a perfect boyfriend, but he did have one quality that her other beaus seemed to lack. He knew how to show up when Rory needed him the most. Neither Jess nor Dean could boast the same. Before they had even slept together, he ensured Rory could get home to Stars Hollow when she needed it. He showed up for her at the hospital when Richard was sick and was there for her when she had to make difficult decisions as she neared graduation, although his own life was in a bit of a spiral.

Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Matt Czuchry as Logan Huntzberger in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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Surprisingly, Logan was also the only boyfriend who didn’t immediately fall all over himself to get with Rory. He challenged her thinking and beliefs, often leading to Rory’s character development. Reddit users argue that Amy Sherman-Palladino did Logan “dirty” in the revival, which may be true. Still, much of the blame can be placed on Rory, too. Fans might not hate Logan; they might just hate who Rory was when she met him and who she grew into. In the end, was that really Logan’s fault?