Millions of fans around the world were ecstatic to hear Nov. 25 would bring about four more episodes of the beloved show “Gilmore Girls.” The revival spanned a year, with each hour and a half long episode marking one season. Fans were doing alright until they heard the last four words of the finale, “Fall.” Has the show ended or is there more in store?
The comedy-drama centers around a mother, Lorelai, and her daughter, Rory, who live in a tiny town in Connecticut, called Stars Hollow. The show is characteristically comprised of fast-paced dialogue, sarcastic humor and lots of coffee. Amy Sherman-Palladino and husband Daniel Palladino were the writers and executive producers of the revival series. Daniel wrote “Spring” and “Summer,” while Amy started and ended with the “Winter” and “Fall” episodes.
Over the course of the episodes, all of the well-known characters were incorporated, some with more prominent roles than others. Even actors with big names such as Melissa McCarthy and Jared Padalecki managed to return to the show, emphasizing the authentic love and dedication they have for Stars Hollow’s storyline and characters. Highlights of the revival included Kirk and his always quirky personality, the casual cameo introduction of Lane’s father, Luke and Lorelai’s wedding and the restoration of Emily and Lorelai’s relationship after many years.
Throughout the past week there have been multiple live interviews on the Gilmore Girls Facebook page, to discuss the show and answer fan questions. The first was a panel interview on Nov. 29 with Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop. They spoke briefly about the show, without including spoilers for the audience. Patterson, who played Luke, described how it was difficult trying to get back into character after ten years of separation.
His favorite scene was the emotional kitchen dialogue between Luke and Lorelai, where Luke vented his true feelings once and for all. “To get to that place, I had to get past all of this initial emotion that I hooked in with Lauren,” Patterson said.
The revival was emotional for those four actors in particular because of the loss of co-actor Edward Herrmann, who passed away in 2014. They described how there was a pull to make Herrmann proud with the revival, despite his absence.
After hearing the infamous last four words, which end on the cliffhanger of Rory’s pregnancy, fans can only hope that there are more episodes in store for the future. There seems to be two takes on this ending, both which were expressed in the recent interviews.
“Amy just didn’t want her life to be wrapped up with a bow by the end of this story,” Bledel said, describing Rory, her on-screen character. It certainly was not a picture-perfect finish, which writer and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino accomplished effectively.
Inversely, in his personal Facebook interview, Patterson commented, “We’ll do what we can to bring you more in the future.” Even the actors seem to be waiting in expectancy.
But only time will tell whether the writers and producers will comply. Clearly there is an eager fanbase waiting if the decision is made in favor of a continuation. Amy Sherman-Palladino, fans are impatiently waiting for an answer.