Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life may not have scored any 2017 Emmy nominations, but that doesn't mean the cast wasn't recognized. Not only was Milo Ventimiglia, aka Jess, nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us, but the NBC series got an Outstanding Drama Series nod... alongside The Handmaid's Tale.
You know what that means: Jess and Rory are going to head-to-head at the Emmys.
If you didn't know, Alexis Bledel, aka Rory Gilmore, co-starred on The Handmaid's Tale as Emily, a handmaid alongside Elisabeth Moss' June. Bledel was only in four episodes, but left a big enough impression to score an Emmy nomination of her own for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama series.
I know what you're thinking — Outstanding Actor in a Drama and Guest Actress in a Drama are hardly the same category, so how exactly are the actors formerly known as Jess and Rory in direct competition?
Well, usually when a show is nominated for Outstanding Drama Series, it's considered a nomination for everyone involved, from the cast to the producers to the writers and everyone in between. So when the Emmys roll around on Sept. 17, Bledel and Ventimiglia will be in direct competition as part of the casts of two Outstanding Drama Series nominees.
Of course, I was hardly the only Gilmore Girls fan to realize this.
Honestly, after A Year in the Life failed to acknowledge that Rory and Jess are soulmates who should be together forever, Gilmore Girls 'shippers needed this win.
The fact Bledel and Ventimiglia's respective shows are competing against each other means both actors will probably be at the Emmys. Where they could cross paths. On TV. For all of us to see.
The jury is still out on whether there will ever be another season of Gilmore Girls, so we have to take what we can get at this point. Bledel and Ventimiglia interacting on a red carpet may not be quite as exciting as the Rory and Jess wedding we've all been dreaming of, but it's a start.