Gilmore Girls was given a lengthy feature in this month’s edition of Entertainment Weekly, and it would be remiss if any article about the upcoming revival did not mention the untimely passing of Edward Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore. Read on to see how Edward is being felt by those on the set of Gilmore Girls.
It was previously announced that we would begin the series in Winter, a time approximately 4-months after the passing of Richard Gilmore. Kelly Bishop, who plays Emily Gilmore, noted that at this point in time, we would see Emily in a hard place when the series opens:
“Well, because of the fact that Emily lost her husband, she’s kind of a raw nerve. In a desperate attempt to push through [her grief], she blows between right on the edge of losing it to almost being a little manic.”
The new article indicates that everyone will be feeling the death of Richard Gilmore, notes Amy Sherman-Palladino:
“Because when somebody close to you dies, your whole life comes into a weird focus for a minute. Like, what direction am I walking?”
Since the 4 episodes span a whole year, we’ll see Emily learn to grow past her grief. And yet, accepting is not forgetting. The actors are keenly aware of the loss of Edward Herrmann, just as we’ll see the characters on Gilmore Girls keenly aware of the passing of Richard. In the EW article, it was mentioned that when the lights suddenly failed on the set of the Gilmore mansion (which now holds a huge Richard Gilmore portrait, as we saw in earlier set photos), some cast members felt that Edward may have been paying a visit:
“I said, ‘Ed was that you?’ ” recalls Bishop who, as Emily Gilmore, did the majority of her scenes on Gilmore Girls with Herrmann. “Lauren said, ‘It was Ed.’ I just feel like he’s here. Besides the script and the way we all feel about him, the giant portrait is all calling him to come to the set.”
And if that doesn’t make you cry, I don’t know what will. Lauren continues:
“This is an emotional experience. It has the loss of a person I love around it. I went to dinner with Ed frequently. It was a real loss of a friend,” says Graham, her eyes filling with tears. (“I didn’t used to be [emotional]! I blame Parenthood!” she says with a laugh.)
Kelly Bishop, who was close to Edward on set, continues:
“It’s sad without my darling Edward Herrmann,” she says, recalling happier days. “We used to do our crossword puzzle together in the makeup trailer. If we had a short day and were feeling festive or belligerent, we’d go across the street and have a martini together.”
Scott Patterson shares how we will continue to feel Richard / Edward throughout the whole revival:
“[Herrmann’s death] left a big void, but Amy honored it beautifully. He’s throughout … these stories. It’s a wonderful homage to him as a person and to his character as well. It’s nice to have him around.”
I’ve said it before, and will say it many times again: We’ll Miss You Richard Gilmore.