25 Love Stories 16/25
Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
As Brooklyn Nine Nine’s Rosa Diaz once said “I just want Lorelai to be happy!” While Gilmore Girls has done the best job of showcasing the incomparable bond between mother and daughter, it’s also done wonderful work with the foreseen relationship between Luke Danes and Lorelai Gilmore. We may all have different teams when it comes to Rory’s relationship, but we almost feel certain that the majority of viewers shipped Luke and Lorelai like FedEx (what did we even call it back then?) When they first made an appearance on screen together, you just knew you wanted them together. It’d happen someday and it’d be beautiful because it was meant to be from the very start. Let’s be real, who doesn’t want to have a diner they go to everyday with a good looking “friend” who owns the place? And who doesn’t want to fall in love with the particular friend that’s always been there to offer a helping hand, coffee, and love. Luke and Lorelai are like coffee and bagels — a perfect combination that makes everything better. And that’s exactly what they did, they made each other and the situations they were in better.
Lorelai has always been the one offering a helping hand — she’s always taken care of everyone around her, but with Luke, for the first time, someone was taking care of her. Someone was carrying her through the most difficult time in her life and appreciating every bit of her being along the way. And most importantly Luke cared for Rory as his own — there’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her. He found a family in this Gilmores and because of that, he’s done everything in his power to make sure they felt loved.
For the record, we both tend to ignore where their relationship went in season seven because all it does is it makes us angry. It was unnecessary. We spent the majority of the series showcasing their banter and bickering only to finally bring them together in order to tear them apart. It just didn’t feel right. It was a waste of a good story, but thankfully by the end of the season, true feelings are more evident than ever and viewers know in their hearts that they’ll find their happy ending again. Part of the reason why we’re so nervous for the reboot is because we’re terrified the hope we had in their arc will be destroyed, but here’s to hoping we’re wrong in every way.
In a unique way, Luke and Lorelai were always best friends, while they often found themselves disagreeing on things, they always felt comfortable enough to confide in one another about whatever it is that was on their minds. While Lorelai had Rory and Sookie, Luke never had someone he was as close to. The closest person to him was always Lorelai and that’s essentially what hurts the most when we think of season seven because we’re certain the storyline of his surprise daughter would’ve worked. All they needed to do was put in a little more effort and it felt as a lazy choice to just split them apart because TV loves to cause rifts with its couples. We’re all for angst and fights, but no one can stand cheating and refusing to fight for one another.
That said, we loved how often Luke would put a smile on Lorelai’s face — it was always in the little things like making her breakfast because he knew it was her favorite in town. And most importantly we loved the moments where they learned how to be honest with one another. It was easy to be themselves but even when they didn’t want to betray their partners they needed to understand the principle of kindly stating their honest opinions. For a moment, they were all they had and when the world tried to throw in every frustrating obstacle, the love they shared was similar to the hints of sunshine we see in the pocket of gloomy weather — things would be okay in this small town love story.
Above all things, the best love is the kind that constantly wants the best for each other, and this is always both Luke and Lorelai’s priority. They want the other person’s happiness so much, there’s nothing they wouldn’t do to make sure the goal is achieved. At the end of the day, whether it was a small gesture like a hug just because or something grand like a homemade ice rink, the thought behind it was always full of immense heart. Luke and Lorelai are both damaged, they’re two people who’ve worked extremely hard to be where they are, and together, they’re better — together, they complete each other. Together, they appreciate the little quirks others don’t often see. The riveting chemistry that’s easily seen from miles away makes their relationship a constant delight — even when they aren’t together, viewers still feel every ounce of their inner longings deeply.
Special shout out to @ars_sarkisian, who was basically the voice inside my head as I was writing because while her fangirling is pretty minimal, it’s always loudest when it comes to these two.