Matt Czuchry as Logan and Alexis Bledel as Rory on

While the early seasons of Gilmore Girls focused on Rory Gilmore and Lorelai Gilmore in Stars Hollow, the later seasons expanded to cover Rory’s life at Yale. Part of Rory’s life at the Ivy League institution revolved around her college boyfriend, Logan Huntzberger. Logan’s association with the secret society, the Life and Death Brigade, factored into several important storylines. While several Ivy League schools have secret societies, including Yale, the Life and Death Brigade doesn’t actually exist. Still, it was inspired by actual organizations. It looks like the show took inspiration from a couple of high-profile but still “secret” organizations. 

The age of the Life and Death Brigade points to Yale’s real-life Skull and Bones as inspiration 

For years, Gilmore Girls fans have assumed that the Life and Death Brigade was inspired by the very famous, yet still secret, society, Skull and Bones. Sometimes called the Order or the Brotherhood of Death, the society was founded in 1832. William Huntington Russell and Alphonso Taft co-founded the group after a disagreement among established Yale clubs. It has existed for nearly two centuries, but some changes have been made. According to the Yale Alumni Magazine, starting in the 1970s, its members’ identities were hidden. Before that, everyone knew who the members of the society were, but the goings-on of the club was not common knowledge. 

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