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We thought that she might end up with Jess, Logan, or even Dean, but we never expected Rory to be dating Paul in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Even though he didn’t show up on screen much, actor Jack Carpenter spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about his small, but important role in the Gilmore Girls revival. And he’s fully aware that you were right there with Lorelai when you asked, “Who’s Paul?” while bingeing A Year in the Life on Netflix since he called Paul “a very forgettable character.”

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life spoilers follow.

Paul’s backstory — how he started dating Rory, why he keeps dating Rory — is just as mysterious to Carpenter as it is to us. As he told THR:

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Phew, we’re glad Carpenter knows that his character was a funny plot device and not a full-fledged character. He continued:

Yeah, yeah — we never thought Paul was a long-term thing for Rory since she legitimately kept FORGETTING HE WAS EVEN THERE in the first episode of the revival, “Winter.” Yet, does that forgive how she treated Paul? Making no effort to see him and cheating on him with Logan and a Wookiee??

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Well, Carpenter makes the very good point that although Rory was cruel to Paul, creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino did totally throw fans off by introducing him.

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And even though Carpenter hasn’t had the opportunity to watch the revival yet (he’s in Australia on vacation), he doesn’t think that people should be too hard on Rory for how she treats her boyfriend.

So, kind of like Paul for most of A Year in the Life, Carpenter seems comfortable with his role in Rory Gilmore’s life.

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Welp, considering how forgettable Paul was to Rory, we doubt it too. But at least Gilmore Girls fans will always remember Paul even if the Gilmore women don’t.