Despite being a troublemaker, Jess Mariano’s incredible character growth proves that he was the only one for Rory.
On a fine day in Stars Hollow, troublemaker Jess Mariano arrived in town to stay with his uncle Luke. He was the worst thing that could’ve happened to a town where nothing bad happens, but that has changed now! Jess and Rory didn’t get their happy ending, but that doesn’t stop fans from discussing it!
Was Jess the one for Rory in Gilmore Girls?
- How did Jess and Rory meet?
- What happened to Jess over the years?
- Was Jess the one for Rory?
It has been over a decade since the ‘Gilmore Girls’ finale premiered, but the question of whether Jess was the one for Rory still makes rounds. Rory Gilmore’s ever-fluctuating love life has divided fans into Team Jess, Team Dean, and Team Logan for years now!
The question of which man was the one for Rory has been subject to discussion for a long time. And after the debut of the Netflix revival and recently when the series celebrated 20 glorious years, the same question resurfaced.
Fans are obsessed with campaigning for Team Dean, Team Jess, and Team Logan, but who’s the real winner?
Keep reading as we revisit what happened to Jess on ‘Gilmore Girls’ and why he was the only one for Rory.
How did Jess and Rory meet?
Jess met Rory at a strange time in his life. He had just moved from New York and despised the idea of living in a small town like Stars Hollow. He didn’t have a good relationship with his mother, and barely knew his uncle, Luke. Eventually, his feelings or rather the lack of them towards the town changed when he met Rory at a welcome feast hosted by Lorelai.
After weeks of lending books to each other, a car accident, and unapologetic flirting, Rory develops a crush on Jess. Suppressing her feelings for Jess while being in a relationship with Dean makes Rory behave irrationally, and everything annoys her. The pair finally get together after the town’s dance marathon, when Dean ends his relationship with Rory.
Jess and Rory are finally together, at least until the end of the season, before he fails at school and leaves town. He doesn’t talk to Rory before his departure, which results in her moving on with life and going to Yale. Jess makes appearances in the later seasons when he returns to profess his love for Rory, but she rejects him.
What happened to Jess over the years?
Jess’ insecurities often created a rift in his relationship with Rory. He had an arrangement with Luke, wherein he could only stay with him if he did well at school. When Jess fails at school, he doesn’t confide in Rory about it even though he’s upset. Later, his estranged father turns up at Luke’s diner which in turn angers Luke, who asks him to leave.
Jess leaves town without even telling Rory, and even though he returns to town in the later season, his lady-love rejects him. Eventually, Jess tries to become a better person and is never the same prankster who once showed up in town. Over the years, his character development every time he returns to Stars Hollow is clearly noticeable, especially in the revival!
They might have broken up and tread on their own journey, but Jess and Rory remain friends. The revival sees him return to meet Rory and he inspires her to write a book about her and Lorelai’s life. Rory always takes his advice seriously, and this time it’s different because Jess isn’t the immature teen he once was.
Was Jess the one for Rory?
Despite their rocky relationship, Jess and Rory managed to remain friends who genuinely cared about each other. Their romance may not have lasted long, but Jess always inspired Rory and held a monumental place in her life. Their encounter in season 6 inspired Rory to go back to Yale, which proves that she cared about his opinions.
In the revival, we see Logan cheating on his fiance with Rory, which doesn’t exactly scream “good guy“. Dean is happily married, but we can’t forget the time he cheated on his wife with Rory. Jess is the only one who went through years of character development. In fact, he is too good for Rory.
Rory Gilmore might’ve been a sweet, intelligent book-worm, but the revival saw her transform into an ego-centric and entitled adult. So, maybe, the couple never worked out for good reasons!
Are you Team Jess, Team Dean, or Team Logan? Let us know in the comments!