‘Gilmore Girls’: Jess Mariano Was a Less Privileged Version of Christopher

Gilmore Girls fans have spent years debating who Rory Gilmore really belonged with. Throughout seven seasons, Rory had three main boyfriends. Dean Forrester was her first love, Jess Mariano was the bad boy who stole her heart, and Logan Huntzberger was the rich kid she never meant to fall for. Fans largely believe that Logan and Rory’s relationship was supposed to mimic Lorelai Gilmore and Christopher Hayden’s relationship. If you look at it closely, though, Logan wasn’t Rory’s Christopher. Jess was a less privileged version of Rory’s father.

Jess Mariano had the most in common with Christopher Hayden

Money notwithstanding, Jess and Christopher had the most in common when you compare Rory’s love interests with Lorelai’s love interests. Jess had more personality traits in common with Christopher than anyone in his own family. Just like Chris, Jess was irresponsible, immature, and had a difficult time accepting no as an answer. Jess, like Christopher, also traveled without telling anyone else and popped back into his loved ones’ lives whenever he felt like it.

David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore
David Sutcliffe as Christopher Hayden and Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore | Netflix

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If Jess is so much like Christopher, why do fans believe Logan is his clone? Simply put, Christopher and Logan had similar backgrounds. Logan and Chris were both born into rich families. They both felt pressure to follow their family’s plans, and they both rebelled against their strict upbringings. Logan, however, was much more emotionally intelligent than Chris and was more dedicated to Rory than Chris ever was to Lorelai.

If Jess is just like Christopher, that means he isn’t Rory’s version of Luke Danes 

Fans who believe Rory and Jess belong together often suggest that Jess is supposed to be to Rory was Luke Danes has always been to Lorelai. Luke and Lorelai’s first kiss was the most anticipated moment in the show’s seven-season run, and the fact that they ended up together warmed the hearts of fans. Fans point out that Jess was a lot like Luke. He didn’t subscribe to Stars Hollow’s antics, he didn’t mind being a loner, and he was a bit cynical.

Jess Mariano and Luke Danes in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life' Jess Mariano and Luke Danes in 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Jess Mariano and Luke Danes in ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

The comparisons seem to stop there, though. Unlike his uncle, Jess was willing to bail on people, even if he cared about them. Jess wasn’t dependable, he wasn’t ready to help people out, and he seemed to think he was more important to people than he actually was. In those ways, Jess was the exact opposite of his uncle.

Who was Rory Gilmore’s perfect match?

When fans watched the screen go black on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, they were no closer to an answer about Rory’s love life. She wasn’t with anyone, but she was pregnant. It’s largely believed that Logan is the father of Rory’s baby, but does that mean their relationship was meant to last? Some fans think Logan and Rory are a perfect match. Other fans believe that Rory and Jess are better suited to each other as adults. 

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel sit on a couch together in a promotional poster for 'Gilmore Girls; A Year in the Life'
Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel in ‘Gilmore Girls; A Year in the Life’ | Netflix

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Who Rory will ultimately end up with is still unknown, and fans may never get the answer to that question. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premiered in 2016. Since then, there have been rumblings that a second revival season could be happening, but no official announcement has been made.