The trailer for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuted today and I have to say, OMG! It was completely magical and surprising, with wonderful images, teases and even some revelations. A shock for me was seeing Kirk having dinner at Emily Gilmore’s. What’s up with that? I’m not the only one wondering. Fellow Gilmore News writer Brittany in her excellent analysis/breakdown of the trailer also raised the question, making a connection between Kirk at dinner and a previously-released image of Luke at the same dinner (Lorelai is wearing the same dress).
The ever-impish Sean Gunn got into the fun, as well:
— Sean Gunn (@seangunn) October 25, 2016
So what does it mean, how does it transpire, and don’t we just love Kirk?
Kirk is sitting at the dinner table as a guest, not as a servant or some kind of interloper. He’s got food, a glass of wine and even a lit candle in front of him. He’s definitely been invited. I’ve seen some comments to Brittany’s article speculating he’s perhaps a realtor helping Emily sell her home or that he’s helping to plan Lorelai’s wedding to Luke.
I’m wondering if he might be a Gilmore love interest. What, no, get out of town! Let’s take a look. In the original series, the only other non-Gilmore Stars Hollowans (or Stars Hollow-ites) to have eaten at the Gilmore Mansion have been Lorelai’s and Rory’s love interests. If Kirk is a love interest, which Gilmore girl is he squiring—Lorelai, Rory or Emily?
Let’s start with Lorelai. Although the trailer confirms Luke and Lorelai are together, at which point? Knowing their rocky history, they could be on a break when Kirk decides to make his move. If this odd pairing does happen, it might explain why Luke shows up, perhaps to confront the new couple. Kirk has asked Lorelai out before and shown at times a protective propensity towards her along with a complete disregard for her in his very Kirkian way. But what about Lulu? Plus, Lorelai has already made it clear she was not interested in Kirk. And they’re completely wrong for one another.
Next, let’s take Rory into consideration. Although Kirk is closer to Lorelai’s age, Rory seems at this juncture in her life to be rootless and without direction. Perhaps Kirk has changed and is able to offer support and encouragement? Even if it’s possible and I doubt it, it’s a big ewww.
My vote is for an Emily-Kirk romance. Far-fetched? Let’s unpack it. Now that Richard has passed away, we see Emily is going through a major life change and perhaps she finds it unbearable being alone. Kirk was not in her social class but we do know that he was wealthy by Stars Hollow standards and in the intervening years, may have invested with great success. What if he now practically owns Stars Hollow and Taylor works for him, with Luke’s Diner being the one holdout to his complete domination? Following that scenario, let’s say Emily invites Kirk for dinner, thinking it quite a coup since he could become a major donor for one of her charities. While it is true she’s already met Kirk, Emily has a way of forgetting people and things when it’s convenient for her–she would not want to know or think of Kirk as that smalltown oddjobs guy. Kirk is able to put on airs about himself and his pomposity might connect well with Emily. Also, their unique brands of illogic might sync up.
Emily and Kirk together would odd and a hoot. Can you imagine him, wearing a cravat and holding a snifter, making grand pronouncements while treating Lorelai as his daughter and Rory as his granddaughter?
Anyhow, those are my two cents. Can’t wait to find out what they’ve really cooked up for us!