TVLINE | Do you know who the father of Rory’s baby is?
Yes. And I’m not even trying to be cryptic. A lot of Rory became about Team Jess and Team Dean and Team Logan, and Rory was about more than her boyfriends. Her boyfriends were wonderful and we got three marvelous actors. But the boys were there to support what Rory was going through in her life and what person Rory was at that moment. Romance is fun. I get it. Look, I was [shipping] Angel and Buffy. I was sobbing when she sent him to hell with a knife. [Laughs] I get the feeling. But I always feel a lot of people overlook a lot more of Rory because the focus was so much on the romance. And I didn’t want this moment to be about a boy. The moment was about, “Here’s what I’m going through in my life now!” It’s an ‘Oh, s—t’ moment about Rory. Her discussion with Lorelai is going to be about, “What do I do? Where do I go from here?” It’s not going to be about, “I can’t believe it’s this boy that wound up… ” So I’m not being cryptic. I just want to keep the focus on what the story point is. It’s not about the boy. It’s about her.
TVLINE | OK, last question about the boy: Can you rule out Paul?
I don’t think you can rule out anybody. I think there are strong indicators. But you shouldn’t rule out anybody.
TVLINE | Luke and Lorelai’s Nov. 5 wedding date — any significance with it coming right before the election?
People are reading a lot into that wedding date. To be totally honest with you, we did put it before the election, but [beyond that] there’s not a lot of significance there. It’s very difficult for me to talk about this election without launching into a cynical, “The world is ending.” I’ve now gotten myself to say, “Well, there’s a 50/50 chance the world will end.” I’m giving us a 50/50 chance of making it through this Trump administration. I think that’s high. I don’t think we could’ve ever foreseen that the world would’ve gone insane and [Trump would’ve been elected]. And we didn’t want to focus on Hillary because what if she [didn’t win]. These movies were written way in advance [of the election]. So it was weird for us to predict where we would be in November. Because if we [get it wrong] then [A Year in the Life] will feel dated by a political moment in time. I wanted it to stand on its own.
TVLINE | Just a couple of final burning questions. We finally met Mr. Kim. Why?
We just thought it was funny. It just made us laugh that, very casually, they were like, “Oh, Hi Mr. Kim.” He’s been there the whole time and no one noticed.
TVLINE | Emily wasn’t at Luke and Lorelai’s impromptu wedding. But she will be at the real one, yes?
TVLINE | Logan and Rory’s arc – intentionally paralleling Christopher and Lorelai’s storyline?
TVLINE | How was Rory able to afford all of that air travel?
A lot of it was points. When you travel that much you have points. She’s flying economy. She’s flying JetBlue on a deal. And she’s using her points. We didn’t really focus on money because, quite frankly, I don’t think anyone’s worried that Rory is going to starve. Between Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore… Logan… there were so many [well-off] people in her life that would’ve made sure she didn’t fall through the cracks.
TVLINE | Who sent Emily that terrible, nasty letter?
It wasn’t Lorelai.
TVLINE | That’s a pretty big mystery you left hanging in the air.
It’s a big mystery, but you’ve seen Emily in action. There are a lot of people who could’ve sent Emily Gilmore a nasty letter. It could’ve been an ex-employee. It could be a neighbor. It could be a disgruntled DAR reject. But it was not Lorelai. That’s what’s so great about family. You don’t resolve anything. And even if Lorelai tried to prove it wasn’t her by using handwriting samples, Emily is never not going to believe that Lorelai did not send that to her — no matter what. That’s family.
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