‘Gilmore Girls’: Would Rory Be Just Like Lorelai as a Mother?

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore were inseparable during seven seasons of Gilmore Girls. Ten years later, during the show’s revival run on Netflix, little seemed to change about the way Lorelai and Rory interacted. With a second revival still possible, fans are forced to ask themselves if Rory will be just like Lorelai as a mother, or if she’ll forge her own path. Amy Sherman-Palladino could really go either way with the storyline.  

Rory and Lorelai aren’t really all that similar

While it has been suggested that Lorelai and Rory are the same person, the two really aren’t all that similar. Rory has a difficult time with adversity, and she often allows her spoiled nature to shine through. Lorelai, on the other hand, appears to have thrived in the face of adversity, at least in her younger years. While Rory is timid and risk-averse, Lorelai is bold and prone to making quick and risky decisions.

Lorelai and Rory Gilmore
Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore | Mitchell Haddad/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images

Rory is also facing parenthood at a much older age than Lorelai. Lorelai became a parent at just 16-years-old, while Rory is facing single motherhood after beginning a career. At the start of the revival, she is 32. Sure, she’s seemingly lost and unsure of herself when she finds out she’s pregnant, but the fact remains, she’s not a child. Rory also has Emily and Richard Gilmore’s money to fall back on, while Lorelai shunned their deep pockets during Rory’s younger years.

Does that mean Rory will be a different type of parent than her mother? It’s hard to say. The circumstances, however, are absolutely unique. Ultimately, Rory’s personality and her desire to forge a similarly strong relationship with her child will determine how she moves forward.

Lorelai’s fun-loving spirit may still influence Rory

While Rory and Lorelai are much different people, regardless of their proclamations, that doesn’t mean Rory will be a completely different kind of parent. Screenrant notes that Sherman-Palladino has some history of crafting characters to resemble their parents; in fact, she did it in Gilmore Girls.

While Emily and Lorelai never really saw eye-to-eye, it’s safe to say they were very similar in a lot of ways. Lane Kim, Rory’s rebellious best friend, also seems to mimic her own mother when appearing in the revival. Sure, Lane is hipper than Mrs. Kim ever was, but she still waits until marriage to have sex and quickly has children. Paris appears to be as unyielding as her own mother. Her children split their time between Paris and their father, Doyle McMasters, but Paris seems a bit cold and distant from them. Her relationship with her children seems similar to her own mother-daughter relationship.

Rory surely picked something up from her mother, and Sherman-Palladino may want to honor that relationship. After all, it was the driving force behind Gilmore Girls. Rory will merely have a leg up on her own mother in many ways. Money and years of experience can only help Rory be a better parent.

Will a second revival really happen?

The only way to know how Rory will be as a mother is to see a second revival. While the possibility isn’t off the table, there is no set date, either. In fact, it’s hard even to say what platform a second revival would call home. According to Entertainment Tonight, Netflix executives seemingly went cold on the concept, stating that they had not been in talks with Sherman-Palladino since A Year in the Life premiered.

Amazon isn’t against the idea, though. Sherman-Palladino has been working with Amazon on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and has seemingly forged a strong relationship with Amazon Studios. The team behind the award-winning show is apparently tied to a massive deal with Amazon Studios. One can assume if a second revival is going to happen, it will probably occur on that streaming platform. Even still, Amazon is staying tight-lipped on a potential reboot.