With the release of the new trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I decided to analyze the two minute clip for more details about the highly anticipated revival. From guest appearances to life events, the trailer revealed more than you thought about the miniseries.
The Time Period:
As previously released, the revival follows Lorelai, Rory, and Emily Gilmore through a year in their lives as we follow them through each season of the year: starting with Winter and ending in Fall. In the still from the trailer, in the far left there is a sign reading “Welcome to 2016.” This sets the initial time period for the show. We will be following the characters from Winter of 2015 to Fall of 2016.
The Campaign and the Coffee:
As Lorelai and Rory continue to walk through the Winter Wonderland of Stars Hollow, two details caught my eye. In the still, two signs are visible: one that seems to mention something about a “__witch to __ewer” campaign and how the people of Stars Hollow can help (does anyone have any guesses what the words could be?) and another that mentions the unknown word. Additionally, in both stills the coffee the girls are drinking is not Luke’s; it’s coffee from Al’s Pancake World. Did the girls ever drink coffee from there in the original series or is it just a fluke that it’s not from Luke’s in the opening sequence of the trailer?
Stars Hollow Events:
There are two known town events in Stars Hollow during the four-part revival. One being the Stars Hollow Spring International Food Festival which takes place in Spring and the other being Stars Hollow the Musical which takes place in Summer. The food festival which was rumored from last weeks photo released of Lane and Mrs. Kim at a Korean food booth, is now confirmed with a sign shown paired with an aerial view of Stars Hollow.
The Stars Hollow Musical is also shown for the first time with Sutton Foster and Christian Borle making an appearance as Pilgrims. Maybe the first citizens of Stars Hollow came over from the Mayflower?
Guest Appearances: From Butler to King
Stars Hollow is welcoming some new guests. In the audience for Stars Hollow the Musical (which at first appeared to be a town meeting– maybe it’s a town meeting with a show?), characters – new and old – are featured. From left to right and front to back are new cast member Sam Pancake as Donald, Lauren Graham as Lorelai Gilmore, Sally Struthers as Babette Dell, Rose Abdoo as Gypsy, Biff Yeager as Tom the Contractor, and Carole King as Sophie Bloom.
An additional guest appearance is of Kerry Butler who appears to be playing Lorelai’s therapist that she visits to discuss her relationship with Luke and life without her father.
The Gilmore Guys also make an appearance as guests in the Dragonfly Inn. As Lorelai whizzes past the dining room, Demi and Kevin are seen on their phones while eating a meal.
The final guest appearances are of Sutton Foster and Christian Borle (see previous subtopic). Their singing, dancing, and acting talents will be featured in Stars Hollow the Musical.
Luke and Lorelai:
Java Junkie shippers can rest assured… or can they? Lorelai visiting a therapist to discuss her relationship may seem like their relationship is rocky, but it also could mean that it will be stronger than ever in the revival. Scenes of them holding hands and kissing are shown throughout the trailer. Scott Patterson also mentioned in a previous interview that two of his favorite Luke and Lorelai moments will be in the revival.
Could Luke and Lorelai be the couple getting married in the revival? Lorelai standing in the middle of the town might nod towards that being true. Occurring in fall, could this be Luke’s proposal to Lorelai? It seems like something Luke would do — take over the town, have dancers perform for Lorelai, decorate the town in lights– to ultimately create the romantic proposal he longed for in the original series. Imagine: Luke standing on the gazebo in a suit (to match Lorelai’s fancy attire) waiting for Lorelai to walk up to him through the lit town where he would then pop the question…? Before my imagination gets too wild, what do you think this scene represents? Will Luke and Lorelai finally have their fairytale ending?
What’s Up with Rory?:
It was revealed that Rory Gilmore is living a vagabond lifestyle (wandering from place to place without a home) in the revival. Aerial shots of New York and London hint that Rory’s been traveling to both places since her career on the Obama campaign trail.
Similar to Lorelai, Rory seems to be questioning her life and how she ended up where she currently is. Through this process, she reaches out to a few friends; three of which are her ex-boyfriends: Logan, Dean and Jess. All three beaus are still as handsome as ever and appear to all three play a role in Rory’s life. It has been rumored that Logan re-connects with Rory in London and is the main contender as a boyfriend for Rory based on the Life and Death Brigade’s involvement in the revival. Dean is only in Fall and has a scene with Rory inside of Doose’s Market where he previously worked and shows no sign of being a love interest. Lastly, one encounter with Jess, as seen in the trailer, is inside of the Stars Hollow Printing Press, which Rory might be working at as revealed in a newspaper that was put up for auction by Gilmore actor Tanc Sade. Jess is also a contender for Rory’s boyfriend in the revival. As of now, it seems like Rory is single at the start of the revival and returns to Stars Hollow to re-discover herself.
Rory also connects with her long-time best friend Paris Geller. Although it’s not directly shown that Rory reaches out to Paris, after a little investigation and a re-watch of the trailer, it is revealed that the living room that Rory is sitting in is Paris’ as Paris is walking down the stairs and Rory is wearing the same outfit as she is when visiting Chilton. Additionally, a photo of Doyle is seen on the side table. It is unclear what Doyle is holding in the photo.
The motive behind their visit to Chilton is still unknown, but a few explanations could be that Paris currently works there and is showing Rory around as inspiration, Rory and Paris speak to the students as alumni or that Rory ends up working at Chilton as an English teacher.
Grab the tissues because the revival is going to be emotional. If you didn’t already cry while watching the trailer like I did — then you’re sure to cry during the revival which has an added theme of loss with the passing of Edward Herrmann who played Richard Gilmore.
This still is one of the most beautiful shots from the trailer and reveals a lot about the emotional baggage the revival carries with it. Shown in the perspective of Lorelai and Rory, Emily Gilmore is at the coffin of her deceased husband, Richard. On the right, a shrine is shown in honor of Richard that features a photo of him and Emily from their vow renewal, his favorite books, and the Chuck Berry vinyl Rory* got him for his birthday. The white flowers and greenery of the setting creates a pure, peaceful environment and appears to be the picture-perfect setting for a much-needed remembrance of the beloved character and man.
To wrap up this analysis, I wanted to end with some unanswered questions the trailer leaves. The first question is: Why is Kirk at Friday Night Dinner? No members of Stars Hollow ever appeared at Friday Night Dinner in the original series unless they were dating one of the Gilmore Girls. Obviously, that’s not the case for Kirk as he is with Lulu. Do you guys have any theories on why he is present, especially on the same night that Luke is there (based on the previously released photos found here).
The second question is: Who is arriving at Luke’s diner in a small limousine? My best guess is Emily with news of Richard’s passing or with the intention of visiting Lorelai; but, with Amy Sherman Palladino’s writing and unknown storyline, it could be anyone. Is someone famous visiting Stars Hollow? Have one of our townies gotten famous and now uses a limo and chauffeur?
My final question is: Why is Rory attending a comic-con-esque event or visiting a comic book store? (especially during the process of finding herself.) My best guess, based on IMDB, is that Rory is visiting a comic book store for a story she is writing for a newspaper (either Stars Hollows’ or another job she has during the revival– maybe in New York). I came to this conclusion because Shaniece Cole is credited as “Comic Book Owner” on the Year in the Life IMDB page.
Let me know what you think about the trailer, the questions posed, and the revival as a whole. Don’t forget to watch Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix on November 25th and to follow me on Instagram @gilmoregirlsonly to get up-to-date revival news.
*updated to Rory instead of Lorelai