Could Rory Gilmore’s BFF Marty Be Her True Prince Charming?

Becca Van Sambeck
Becca is a recent Fordham grad, a former German beer hall girl, and a new Brooklyn resident who used to read the dictionary for fun as a kid. She has only gotten slightly less lame since then. She loves pugs, chicken fingers, reading and Game of Thrones.

Everyone’s freaking out over the “Gilmore Girls” revival on Netflix, as they well should be. The show about a mother-daughter friendship is an absolute gem. Now that the reboot is confirmed, people are speculating which cast members will join in on the fun. “Gilmore Girls” fans will remember that the series ended with Rory turning down an engagement from longtime boyfriend Logan, which means that any of Rory’s old beaus have a shot at winning her heart once and for all. Maybe you think Rory should’ve accepted the ring from Logan, maybe you’re convinced bad boy Jess was her soulmate, maybe you believe in high school sweethearts, and thus, Rory and Dean.

Well, you’d be incredibly wrong, then. None of these guys were quite right for Rory. If there’s anyone who was meant to end up with the younger Gilmore, it’s an option you might have given up on entirely — her college BFF, Marty.

Poor Marty was just a nice, decent guy who befriended Rory, realized he liked her, but already met the handsome, rich douchebag Logan — and lo and behold, she inexplicably picked him. But new episodes of “Gilmore Girls” gives Rory time to undo her mistake and make Marty her man, as he clearly has the edge over her three main suitors.

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Marty > Logan

Rory fell for Logan because he’s got confidence and charisma, and sure, that’s incredibly appealing. But Logan was born with old money, and Rory grew up with a single mom barely making ends meet. Logan’s entitlement was always an issue between the two — he never had to work for anything, unlike Rory — and unlike Marty! Marty worked several jobs to pay for college, and as a result, he knew how to work for what he got, and how to make an excellent cocktail, to boot.

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Marty> Jess

I’ll admit to totally loving Jess and Rory’s relationship (I do love a reformed bad boy story), but Jess was not solid or dependable. He was always causing problems, never communicated properly with Rory, and upped and left for California (aka a spinoff that was not meant to be.) That’s not soulmate behavior. Marty, on the other hand, was a loyal puppy dog, the definition of responsibility. That is soulmate behavior.

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Marty > Dean

Unfortunately, there’s another man in Rory’s life who is also hard-working, dependable and a good guy who cared about Rory. However, that guy is Dean, and despite being supremely handsome actor Jared Padalecki, Dean has no charm, so. No. Also, Rory was an academic whose life was books and school, and Dean just couldn’t keep up, nor did he really want to. Marty, however, was a fellow Yale student who got all of Rory’s pop culture references and then some.

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There you have it — if there’s a suitor who should be coming back to the world of Stars Hollow, it’s not rich jerk Logan or lame-O Dean or even walking, talking motorcycle jacket, Jess. No, the true winner of Rory’s heart should belong to Marty, as it would’ve been had Logan not snatched the victory from his hands. There’s dozens of us Marty fans, Netflix! Dozens of us!

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