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Warning: This article contains major spoilers of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life.

Seasons may change, but the Gilmore Girls don't — something we know all too well now that Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life has finally arrived on . So while our favorite characters faced brand new journeys, Rory Gilmore found herself facing a familiar one — the dilemma of love. And as she embarked on this familiar journey, she found herself running into some very familiar faces.

Ever since news of the revival broke, we have all wondered if A Year In The Life would answer the age-old question about Rory's true soulmate. And it's very possible that the show did just that. But first, let's take a look at what each of Rory's former lover interests got up to before looking at whether or not they ended up with her, and if they still stand a chance.

Logan Hunztberger

Rory and Logan had quite the year together. (via Netflix)
Rory and Logan had quite the year together. (via Netflix)

While Rory struggled with her forgettable relationship with Paul — if I can even remember his name, poor guy — she found herself drawn to familiar territory. And that was a reunion with her final beau of the series, Logan Huntzberger. Despite Logan's engagement to a never-seen fiancee, the two engaged in an affair whenever Rory was in London. It was a "what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas" kind of affair, yet the two were still incredibly affectionate towards each other.

Logan popped up quite a lot during the revival, and each time he did, he played quite an integral role in Rory's life. That is, until she decided she couldn't be the other woman anymore and the two lovingly bid farewell to each other. While it may have seemed like Logan was destined to be Rory's guy at the beginning of the revival, their emotional departure practically solidified the fact that he will not end up being Rory's soulmate. Personally, I was never really a Logan fan, but he really grew on me in A Year In the Life, and there was a moment I was kind of rooting for them.

Dean Forester

Dean re-appeared in "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life." (via Netflix)
Dean re-appeared in "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life." (via Netflix)

Dean was Rory's first love, and in many people's eyes, her soulmate. After all, the two spent five years in an on again/off again relationship. Dean worshiped Rory like no one else and was crushed when they finally decided to end things in Season 5 of the original series. So fans were excited to here that Jared Padalecki would be returning for A Year In The Life. And that's exactly what happened. Rory ran into Dean in Doose's market and the two were thrilled to see each other, discussing Dean's life. Turns out the former Stars Hollow gentleman is happily married to Ginny and has three kids with a fourth one on the way. Good for him.

From a personal standpoint, I was bummed by Dean's brief appearance. Don't get me wrong, I am happy that the character got the wonderful family life he so truly deserved, and I also understand that Jared Padalecki is busy slaying demons on , but as Dean was a more significant part of the original series than Rory's other boyfriends, immediately eliminating him from the race for Rory's heart was rather disappointing. Still though, I'm glad he got the happy ending he deserved.

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Jess Mariano

You're still a contender: Jess's line may be truer than we know. (via Netflix)
You're still a contender: Jess's line may be truer than we know. (via Netflix)

No revival would have been complete without Luke's nephew and Rory's old flame Jess Mariano. The former boyfriend with a bad attitude returned to Stars Hollow completely reformed — something we kind of predicted after he had an attitude adjustment during his Season 6 reappearances.

Although his appearances were somewhat brief, Jess ended up playing a rather significant role in the revival. While we didn't find out too much about what he's up to, he quickly reunited with Rory like the two were old friends — because, they were old friends. A fellow writer, Jess ended up giving Rory career advice. He also stuck around to see Luke, but outside of that he didn't interact with the Gilmore Girls too much. However, a certain conversation with his favorite uncle makes us think that if Gilmore Girls returns to Netflix for a second run, we might be seeing a lot more of Jess.

So Who's The Lucky Gilmore Guy?

Rory ended up getting dumped by her forgettable boyfriend — what was his name again? — and ending things with Logan. She also ran into Dean and chatted about his perfect life. Furthermore, the final four words threw a curveball regarding her future that little of us saw coming. However, one of the questions we're left with is — if Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life returns, who will Rory end up with?

Looking at his future: Jess looked longingly at Rory. (via Netflix)
Looking at his future: Jess looked longingly at Rory. (via Netflix)

But is it really a question? Before we left Stars Hollow one more time, we caught a possible glimpse into Rory Gilmore's future. When quizzed about his feelings for Rory by Luke, Jess promised his uncle that he was well and truly over her. However, when he heard Rory laugh, Jess headed to the window and stared longingly at her. Does this mean that the show is practically telling us that Rory is Jess's girl?

After ending thing with Logan, and the show practically ruling Dean out as a potential candidate, it looks like we just might see Rory and Jess live happily ever after. That is, of course, if Netflix renews Gilmore Girls for another year in their lives. But with the former bad boy having changed his ways for the better, it's highly likely that Rory and Jess are destined to be together.

Young Love: Will we ever see Jess and Rory together?
Young Love: Will we ever see Jess and Rory together?

With Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life here, it seems like we have finally answered the age old question of which former boyfriend Rory will end up with. While it was purposely left ambiguous and open-ended, it appears that after the show practically eliminated all of the competition, Jess will be the guy who Rory builds a life with. Whether we ever get to see it happen or not is another question. Let's hope so!

Do you think Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life finally answered Rory's boyfriend question? Let us know in the comments!


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