Gilmore Girls didn’t end Season 7 on a high note. After a season without the backing of its main force, that of Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, there is no question that while we enjoyed the story of Gilmore Girls, we never felt the show was “finished.” Never did its creator have a chance to finish it the way she wanted to. Now, we get that chance (and perhaps even more). Lauren Graham shared:
“This was so unusual. Friends ended beautifully. We ended on a season that wasn’t with the creator of the show, and for a show like this, it’s really a singular voice. There were so many plot points that weren’t sewn up in the final season, so even that was perfect in its own way with so many questions left to answer. So it wasn’t so much that we went home again as we sort of needed to give the answers to some of those questions.”
According to Lauren Graham, talks about a revival for Gilmore Girls began the “day the old show ended,” but it required both willingness and desire. Two years ago, the talk to bring back Gilmore Girls became more serious, notes Lauren.
“We started having conversations in earnest I would say two years ago or something. Then it was slowly happening maybe a year ago. At Netflix, like Amy [Sherman-Palladino] said, it took a year and a half to make maybe Fuller House or something, just make the deal. Because this is all brand-new,” she told reporters at the 2016 TCA Summer Press Tour. “Nobody knows how to do it. We only had the backlot for this very small window before the Pretty Little Liars had to take it. Everything had to happen in this certain way and it was part of—I am not a gushy actor—but it was part of the magic of what it felt like. Everything just fell into place.”
Of course, there were logistics. Getting everyone back was an amazing feat, one I still cannot believe they managed to accomplish (there are a lot of returning faces!):
“Literally until the night before we were filming, I don’t think we had everybody,” Graham continued. “We’ve been talking about it for so, so, so long. That was part of the relief and joy of actually getting to do it. It’s almost like it just worked out the way it was supposed to.”
Amy Sherman-Palladino shares that it was thanks to Netflix that we have had this opportunity:
“This is its own thing. When we left Gilmore, we left Gilmore. There was no Netflix. When Netflix popped up and decided to storm the world and take over, we thought what a great opportunity to delve into a different form, to tell stories in a different way using beloved characters we loved. To get back in a room with these three actors and go at it again but in a completely different way. It wasn’t about how it ended. There was no grand master plan.”
For Lauren Graham, returning to the set after almost 10 years was an amazing and emotional experience and that the revival, in its 4 parts, was “really satisfying,” leaving no questions unanswered:
“I’m just in such a different place. It’s like, you know, at the end of It’s a Wonderful Life,” she said. “I’d be like, ‘And you, and you! And you’re here! Taylor Doose, you’re my favorite character!’ I was a complete dork. I was just very emotional and excited. It was just the best. It was too emotional. I had to pull it together to say my long lines.”
Let’s get our Kleenex boxes ready! We’ve all waited a long time for this revival!