Sixteen years ago my mom and I sat down together to watch a new show called Gilmore Girls. It was about a mother and daughter who were best friends, which sounded fantasy-like even considering how close my mom and I are, but it completely worked. From the theme song to the crazy shenanigans going on in Stars Hollow, we fell in love. For seven years we laughed when they laughed and cried when they cried; the Gilmores felt like an extension of our own family. So when the show ended with so many questions left dangling in the wind unanswered, it felt unfathomable.
For nine years we have wanted to know what happened next. What happened after Rory turned down Logan’s marriage proposal and left to follow the presidential campaign trail as a newbie journalist? Did Luke and Lorelai finally get married? And what about those hilarious Friday night dinners with Richard and Emily? Did Lorelai continue to go in Rory’s absence? These are just the tip of the iceberg where our questions are concerned because the possibilities are endless. So much was left up to our imaginations and the lack of closure hurt.
On Friday fans all over the world rejoiced as we finally received the news that we’ve been waiting for: Gilmore Girls is coming back! After following the rumors swirling around the internet for months and getting our hopes up for the possibility of a revival, Netflix swooped in like Superman and had fangirls (and guys) jumping around like caffeinated lunatics. Netflix confirmed that there will be four new 90-minute episodes coming and that much of the original cast will be reprising their roles. It took them nine long years to figure this out, but regardless of the time, we’re so excited!
Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, and Kelly Bishop are all returning. There isn’t word on who else will be coming back yet and sadly, since Edward Herrmann died in 2014, the character of Emily Gilmore will now be a widow on the show because Herrmann is irreplaceable. Also, as of now Melissa McCarthy will not be returning because she apparently wasn’t asked to, but the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino has since expressed her openness to having Sookie come back in any capacity she can. I suppose after all this time anything could happen right? My fingers are crossed, but regardless of McCarthy’s return, I adore her and will always be a fan of everything she does.
While there are some naysayers out there over the show’s predicted success and the uncertainty of who else will be returning, my mom and I could not be more thrilled! (That felt like a Chandler Bing sentence. Ha! Another reunion I need in my life!) This is everything we have waited for, even if the episodes end up with those four characters sitting at Luke’s bickering while drinking copious amounts of coffee and eating mile high stacks of pancakes, we’d be GOOOOOOOOOOD! Where the Gilmores lead, we will follow. Anywhere. Are you ready?