Lindsay Lister was a good fit for Dean Forrester

Gilmore Girls fans have spent nearly 15 years since the series finale debating the merits of each storyline. Dean Forrester’s marriage to his high school sweetheart, Lindsay Lister, is the subject of much discussion. Fans largely disagree on who to blame for Dean’s affair with Rory Gilmore, but most seem to agree that Dean and Lindsay’s marriage was doomed no matter what. Is it true, however?

‘Gilmore Girls’ Fans Agree Dean and Lindsay Were Doomed

Dean Forrester and Rory Gilmore’s affair is one of the most hated storylines in the entire series. Gilmore Girls fans have spent years debating the affair and the merits of Dean’s marriage. Most fans agree that the couple were doomed from the start, regardless of Rory’s involvement.

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One Reddit the user argues that the couple were just playing house and didn’t really understand what they were getting into when they got married shortly after graduating from high school. Fans say the couple’s relationship would likely end in divorce long before Rory became an issue. After all, they barely knew each other when they got married and they were under 20. These two factors make divorce more common in the real world.

Lindsay Lister and Dean Forrester made a great pair on paper

Although there is evidence to suggest that Dean and Lindsay’s marriage would have been troubled regardless of what happened, there is evidence to support the opposite. You could say that Lindsay and Dean were a good match, at least on paper.

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Dean and Lindsay, entering their marriage, seemed to want the same things. In Season 1, Dean expressed interest in having a traditional family setup. He wished to be the breadwinner who had a stay-at-home wife. Lindsay, from little Gilmore Girls fans saw her, was interested in playing the role of a traditional housewife. The pair were also well suited when you look at their long-term goals. Neither seemed interested in life outside of Stars Hollow. They were also on par when it came to education and their early family lives.

Dean and Lindsay would have been fine if it wasn’t for Rory Gilmore

Dean was actively involved in his affair with Rory. In fact, Dean is most at fault in the case. He was the one who pursued Rory and got easily angered when he thought she might still be interested in Jess Mariano. That said, Dean and Lindsay’s marriage would probably have been fine, for now, if Rory had never called Dean to come rescue her from a bar in New Haven in Season 4.

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Listen to me. Dean married Lindsay because Rory was no longer available and interested in him. When he thought Rory had no romantic interest in him, he seemed reasonably happy with Lindsay. Once he realized that Rory seemed interested in rekindling things, he suddenly seemed unhappy. You could say that Dean’s interest in Rory was the central issue in his marriage, not an incompatibility with Lindsay. So without Rory, they probably wouldn’t have divorced, at least not when they did.

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