Fans of Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki were excited to learn that he would be reprising his role as Dean Forester in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life on Netflix. Was his appearance everything you hoped it would be? Here are my thoughts on the return of Dean.
This article contains spoilers so if you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life Episode 4 “Fall” please do not continue reading. The opinions expressed here are those entirely of the author and may be differ from others.
Did I enjoy Dean Forester’s appearance in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life ? Like many other Jared Padalecki fans, I looked forward to seeing him in Gilmore Girls but my reasons may differ from other fans. I know there are people who watched the Gilmore Girls revival primarily to see Jared. They may have never seen the complete series of Gilmore Girls and only know of the Dean Forester storyline from what they have read. And there are others who have seen Jared as Dean in Gilmore Girls but really couldn’t care less about Rory and Dean, they just wanted to see Jared. And finally, there are those Jared Padalecki fans who were curious to see the resolution of the Dean/Rory storyline. I count myself among the latter.
When I heard that the now defunct network The WB would be airing a horror and scifi series called Supernatural and that it would star former Gilmore Girls actor Jared Padalecki, that was all I needed to know to convince me to watch on Tuesday, September 13, 2005. I’ve always considered myself a Dean Forester fan. The character reminded me of the wholesome boys of the 1950s and 60s and that was appealing to me. Here was a young man who built his girlfriend a car on their anniversary when most boys don’t even remember the anniversary of the first date with their girlfriend! And how many boyfriends want to spend time with you AND your mom? But for as much as I loved Dean’s sensitivity, I also felt he was really needy. His 1950/60s values were also a little archaic. It believe he never really respected Rory’s dream of a journalistic career. He would have been happy if she was a stay-at-home wife and mother like his mom.
Dean and Rory broke up a few times during Gilmore Girls. And in Dean’s last Gilmore Girls appearance in “To Live and Let Diorama,” he taunted Luke that Danes’ relationship with Lorelai would fail because Luke was like him and would always be a part of Stars Hollow while Rory and Lorelai were destined for bigger things. So, for Dean Forester’s final Gilmore Girls appearance, he left as a jerk.
This always bothered me and brings me back to Dean Forester’s appearance in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life. I felt it gave closure for both the character of Dean and the Rory/Dean coupling. Deep down although I am and always will be Team Dean, I knew they would never end up together. For the reasons I mentioned, they were just too different. Dean’s an old fashioned guy and Rory is a modern woman. But I enjoyed their brief exchange in Doose’s Market. It was the way a reunion between exes should be. They caught up on each other’s lives. We learned that Dean was married with three children and his wife Jenny was expecting a girl. It was a sweet, warm scene. And Dean Forester was redeemed as the decent guy many fans (like me) felt he was.
I wish that Jared Padalecki had a larger role in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life but am grateful that Supernatural was able to accommodate his schedule so he could be a part of the television series that gave him his start. And for me, the television series responsible for me watching Supernatural in the first place.
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