Sweet guy Dean or dark knight Jess? The question of which boy Rory (Alexis Bledel) should choose on Gilmore Girls has plagued the show's young fans for more than a year. Well, on last night's episode, Dean (Jared Padalecki) finally gave Rory the go-ahead to pursue her simmering attraction to Stars Hollow's resident brooding rebel. But while Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) may have won the latest battle, he's hardly won the war.

"I think it's gonna be a rough ride for the rest of the year," Ventimiglia tells TV Guide Online. "Dean is probably going to get in the way of Jess and Rory's [relationship]. He's still around." In fact, the 25-year-old actor predicts that the rivals will once again come to blows over their favorite Gilmore girl. "I think it might get to that. Give it a couple episodes."

Despite the on-screen tension, Ventimiglia insists there's no such feud between him and co-star Padalecki. "It's acting," he says. "I think if either of us were to take it off screen, it would be pretty dumb. Jared and I have always been friends, since the first day of work. And we will continue to be friends."

If it sounds like Ventimiglia has had some experience diffusing relationship drama, it's because he has. "In third grade, me and my buddy liked the same girl," he laughs, adding that they settled the dispute maturely. "I think we flipped for it and I won."