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The early seasons are part of Sam Winchester's backstory.
We know he was very rebellious during his late teens. He probably ran away, took his brother's name, convinced a retired hunter's family to back up his "recently moved from Chicago" story, and attempted to live a normal life while trying to qualify for Stanford. This would explain "Dean Forester's" taste in books, among other things.

Lorelai and Rory are secretly lovers
Get Squicked out all you want but I know it, You Know It, hell even Family Guy knows it and the 2 titular Gilmore Girls are really just too friendly and comfortable with each other for it to be just platonic "familial closeness". I'm sorry if this theory disturbs some fans but somebody had to say it.
  • That theory doesn't disturb "some fans", it disturbs every sane person.
  • ' Family Guy did it' should not be justification for anything. Even breathing.
  • It's more of an In-Joke though, as Daniel Pallidino executive produced both on his wife's show and Family Guy. Still, kind of a disconcerting joke.
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  • Well, there's always some femslash fanfiction out there.
  • *Shudder*... Just because you can, doesn't mean you should...
  • Apparently their interactions and conversational style are based on the Palladinos, which is why Lorelai and Rory act like a married couple most of the time. My own theory has always been that it's more of a mutual romantic love/attraction they never speak of or act on for obvious reasons, so they resign themselves to being Platonic Life-Partners. The notion of it being a consummated relationship is a stretch, though that won't stop many fans from fantasizing about it, or reading femslash fics.

Dean lied about his background and is actually from Wales
In "Rory's Dance", he refers to Tristan as "Drystan". One might be tempted to think that it was just a put-down, but "Drystan" is actually the Welsh equivalent of "Tristan" (a Pictish name).
  • Probably more "Dristan" than the former; Dristan being an American cold remedy which nobody has heard of since 1989.

The Gilmores and the Forresters have a history that goes back to the Civil War era
That was why Richard immediately disliked Dean: not because he was from a different economic circle, but because he was Irish (Forrester is a Celtic name). Dean's ancestors clashed with Richard's because Dean's were allied with the Fenians (a group composed of Irish expatriates and Confederate soldiers) when they tried to take over Canada following the Civil War.

Honor, Logan's sister, was behind the Huntzbergers' coup against Rory
Honor had a fiancée that the Huntzbergers had an intense hatred for. She strategically got Logan and Rory to go to the dinner to get their attention off of the engagement announcement and focus on chastizing the Gilmore, who they seemed to dislike. If you notice, she seemed rather speechless that Logan even had a girlfriend in the first place, but seemed to perk up at the fact that she was a Gilmore.

The show is told from Rory's perspective, and she is actually a complete jerk
Every time it seems like someone is being mean to Rory for no reason (Example: Paris in Season One), it's only because Rory changes the story to make her the good girl. She intentionally knocked over Paris' diorama on her first day of school, she manipulated Dean into cheating on his wife... You get the idea.
  • Entirely possible after Rory decides to write a book based on her relationship with Lorelai and names it "Gilmore Girls". Especially considering how much MORE jerk-like Rory seems to be in the revival. The revival was the "real" Rory and the original run was the Rory-written version of herself.

The show is told from Rory's perspective, and is her fantasy because her real life is horribly depressing.
Her mother got pregnant young and ran away from her rich parents to live in a town where no one knew them; Rory is very intelligent but can't get out of her small town where no one understands her. In her fantasy world, her intellect is well-respected by everyone and earns her several scholarships to various prestigious schools she could only dream of outside of, you know, daydreams. She has an incredibly and unrealistically close relationship with her mother and grandparents, whereas in her real life she is terribly bitter with her mother (for running away from her grandparents when her grandparents were rich and could have paid for her tuition) and her grandparents (for not paying for her schooling and getting her a better life). Everyone understands her and is very witty, intelligent and entertaining; everyone loves her. Her entire town has enough money for everything despite most of the characters being in working-class and menial jobs in a very small town with not much of a tourist population or major exports or outside traffic. The entire show is her highly unrealistic daydream wish to help her compensate for how shitty her life is in actuality.

Kirk is a combination of Lucas the Brachen Demon and Mars from Angel.
The Powers-That-Be attempted to save their lives by combining the two of them.

Stars Hollow is one big mental institution, which explains all the eccentric people living there.
Luke is the warden, which explains his Only Sane Man status. Just before the show started, it was discovered that Rory was able to somewhat-function in a regular school environment, so she was allowed to leave the town to go to Chilton. Lorelai also has a deal that allows her to leave once a week for Friday night dinner with her parents.

Richard Gilmore is an older version of 11
The bow tie and the eccentricity gave it away. He's either an older version of 11 or a Meta-Crisis 11 that's been living on earth for a long time.

Mitchum Huntzberger is a Manipulative Bastard
I always thought that Mitchum Huntzberger was awful to Rory (because, seriously, "doesn't have it" is so vague it really doesn't make sense as an honest criticism) because he wanted her give up her dreams, marry Logan and turn him into someone who could inherit his empire. After all he made such a big show of giving her a job in the first place, why would he shut her down like that unless he was trying to gain something from it.
  • I got the impression that the Huntzbergers weren't all that keen on Logan and Rory marrying in the first place, so why would Mitchum go out of his way to force Rory to give up her dream? If anything he would encourage her, he'd surely know that Logan wouldn't be able to settle with a high flying journalist.
  • Or, maybe he's actually doing Rory a favour. He's seen interns come and go, he's got years of experience, I'd imagine he'd know who had the talent to be a journalist, and who didn't. And let's face it, Rory didn't. She was shy, she only followed direct instructions, and she never took initiative; Mitchum even notes that she would make a wonderful assistant. Also, we've seen Rory read constantly but we've never seen or heard about her writing skills.
    • Unless you cound her valedictorian speech and the odd quote by her editor at The Franklin and the Yale Daily News.
  • I think Mitchum thought he was right and had no hidden agenda (although even so, it wasn't nice of him to say it), but Rory was (somewhat unrealistically) good at anything she really wanted to do, so in the Gilmore Girls universe, I'd bet that Rory is a White House correspondent for some medium-sized publication by now.
    • Jossed as of the revival. Turns out he was right: she genuinely doesn't have it.
    • Mitchum telling her she didn't have it was a test. He wanted to see how she would react. If she had responded with defiance and kept going to prove him wrong, he would have been proud and would have approved of her dating Logan. Instead, she fell apart, failing the test.

Lorelai and Rory aren't actually Big Eaters
While it's always implied that they eat a lot, we never actually see this happening. They'll barely touch any food in front of them, and then abandon it completely without a second thought. They might order a lot of food at Luke's or from takeout places, but they'll waste most of it. It certainly explains how a nearing middle-aged woman can appear to eat so much and stay so thin. Rory admittedly gets a pass because she's still a teenager.
  • That actually seems consistent with their personalities - excitable but easily distracted. They also seem to have a lot of leftover take-out boxes at home, so perhaps that is where the extra food goes. However, in that same instance it's shown that they often mix-up the old/new leftovers, and/or just throw it away because they've gone bad. Wouldn't this practice be fiscally irresponsible? (And you'd think Lorelai would have better habits after she'd run away with Rory and had nothing.)
  • This answers the question of how a single mother affords to eat takeout food every night of the week. Even with Christopher helping out, Rory doesn't have a job and Lorelai is only the owner of a small B&B. Yet she has a rather nice house to pay the mortgage on and could only afford to enroll Rory in private school and college with her rich parents' help. Solution: they order a ton of Chinese food and live off it for the rest of the week because they forget to eat.

Stars Hollow is protected by a Hinzelmann-esque creature
And that's why it's so idyllic and perfect and beautiful. And Taylor Doose is the town's guardian kobold.

Lorelai is a Troper
Come on, she would practically go hogwild for this site. She'd love to point out every single aspect for every single movie or tv show.
  • I agree. And Rory loves troping as well. Not only does she contribute to her favourite films' and TV shows' pages, but she also takes care of William Shakespeare's page or one of that cute Russian poet Pushkin. She likes compiling tropes for Milton's Paradise Lost and she toys with the idea of starting a work's page for Marcel Proust's A la recherche du temps perdu.

Mrs Kim is gay and in denial about it
Explains her advice to Lane about sex with one's husband: "If you're lucky, you'll only have to do it once, like me." Might also explain the repressive elements of her personality.
  • Or Ace and not in any way in denial about it.

This show takes place before the events of Revolution
When the events of that show occur, it suddenly puts the bond between mother and daughter to the test. Sure, the daughter would like to handle her own affairs, but it's difficult to do that when the world ends up in chaos and the general strategy is to keep the family together in one spot.

Paris has obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
See: Paranoia, excessive planning, perfectionism.

Lorelai and Rory are Big Beautiful Woman, they just look thin on TV
Lorelai and Rory are both very much Big Eaters. They regularly order huge amounts of food, and not diet food either. The fact that they don't appear to be putting on weight, that is just the illusion that the standard Hollywood casting has produced, by having them played by slim actresses who don't actually stuff themselves on junk food. In universe, Lorelai and Rory are both extremely big women, if not at first then certainly later, after gorging throughout the course of the show. They simply don't bring it up because they don't usually feel self-conscious about it, and there's obviously no reason to remind the people around them, who can see for themselves how fat they are. The rest of the characters don't mention because, unless you're trying to insult them, why bring up their weight? And if you are trying to insult them, then pick something that they actually care about, as opposed to their steadily increasing weight, which they are clearly fine with.
  • Disproved in season 5, when Andrew says that Lorelai is “too thin” to play the lady of questionable virtue in the historical re-enactment.

Rory's baby daddy
Considering the huge Wham Line that was the final four words, most agree that:Logan's the father, considering their affair is threaded along Rory's story in the revival. However, there's other ideas that Rory's a surrogate for Paris's fertility clinic since that's a topic broached by Lorelai to Luke, Rory's one night stand who was dressed as a Wookiee, and Paul, her often forgotten boyfriend that she cheats on with Logan.
  • Some fans theorize that it could be Jess, since he is present during summer and fall, and it's not impossible he and Rory hooked up. However given pure statistics, Rory's conversation with Christopher which implies that she plans to raise the child alone and the baby daddy is unfit to be her partner, and Jess being the only one from the love interests who didn't get the Ship Sinking treatment in the revival, Logan and even Paul are much more probable options.

The show is a TV version of Rory's book.
This would explain some of the more exaggerated craziness that occurs in Stars Hollow as Rory's memories of her childhood and her wacky neighbors. It would also explain the Protagonist-Centered Morality surrounding Rory: as it's her book, she's an Unreliable Narrator. This is why, when she helps Dean cheat, she barely gets called out on it; why no one calls her out on her affair with Logan; and why the neighbors all blamed Dean when he and Rory broke up. Rory glosses over her own faults in her book and, thus, is portrayed as something of a Mary Sue in the show despite her obvious human mistakes. Even Cracked believes this theory.
  • I wouldn't be surprised if even ASP had that in mind (almost certainly not when writing the series, but when writing "A Year In The Life") that Rory's book is supposed to be the 7 season series we had watched. I don't think the character differences were so jarring in the revival, except possibly for Rory herself. It certainly seems, given the Purity Sue status Rory seemed to have in the series (and not in the revival) that it's easy to interpret the series as having been written from Rory's point of view. If one looks at it this way, the one period Rory looked kind of bad in the series was when she stole the boat and ended up dropping out of Yale— not really for that, as she was right that she shouldn't be spending her grandparents' money at Yale while she was unsure what life to pursue (regardless of how much they had), but for the inertia after that, for which Jess when stopping by called her out. One can imagine that was the one time period she wrote negatively about herself because she felt bad about how she behaved then, so she wrote negatively about that, but came off very positively otherwise, as she was the narrator.

Paul is a Silence.
He was following the eleventh Doctor (see above) and got stranded on Earth. He is working on being more noticeable, but so disappointed with his failure that he eventually abandons the project without knowing that he may have knocked up his earthling practice subject.

Emily Gilmore and Kiefer Sutherland will meet at Luke and Lorelei's wedding.
And they will hook up because it'd be fantastic. And because who says I can't ship in the WMG section?

The reason Rory doesn't read in the revival.
It's that she has already read all books.

Jamie, Paris' first boyfriend, was emotionally manipulative or even abusive.
For the brief period he was on the show, Jamie was treated as a generic cute boyfriend before being discarded in favor of Paris' zanier romances. But when you actually pay attention to the scenes and plot lines involving him there was something fishy about the guy. First he ghosts on Paris after a seemingly good date. Then he waltzes back into her life months later when it suits him, downplays his ghosting with a non-apology emphasizing his needs and priorities, and "doesn't take no for an answer"—nonchalantly confiscates Paris' textbooks to make her follow him (when Tristan did the same thing to Rory we were supposed to be angry along with her). More importantly, he low-key takes advantage of her in terms of their first sexual experience. Even though we never see how it actually played out, Paris clearly expresses she didn't expect to have sex that day, nor did she approach him with that intention, and her subsequent emotional meltdown makes it obvious that she wasn't in the least bit ready for this experience, as she seems to be left with an insane amount of anxiety and guilt instead of any contentment or warm feelings. Her jumping right into Asher Fleming's arms would also seem less out-of-place if she was actually seriously unhappy with Jamie, even if she wasn't entirely conscious of being mistreated (due to low self-esteem, everyone else's high opinion of Jamie etc).

Rory was neither more or less of a jerk than most kids.
As the child of a single mother with the emotional maturity of a teenager, Rory spent her childhood being sweet and agreeable to ease her own sense of guilt. There is no reason to assume she was unaware they were struggling, or that she never felt like she was the reason her mother never had a long-term relationship. So basically, she was a regular kid, and as an adult she is more like her mother, but the contrast between that and what she acted like as a kid makes it seem worse.

Rory's actions in the revival
She sabotages her job interviews, doesn't find any long-term employment, and doesn't convince Logan to break up with his fiance to be with her, etc all so she could go back to Stars Hollow instead of somewhere where her career would flourish or be a freelance journalist who could travel the world.

Anna just wanted to get away from Luke and be a single mom without his involvement again
Whether or not her mother was ill, Anna wanted to move to another part of the country to exclude Luke from April's life again. That would explain why it changed from Arizona to New Mexico.

Mrs. Kim was a musicophile in her teens too.
That's why she knows so much about music and can help Zach write a rock'n roll hit. She is also quite particular about how psalms are sung, and tells Dave when to tune his guitar.

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