When the Gilmore Girls revival was first announced, the fan response was enormous. It was bigger than I think anyone expected. As we saw on the Luke’s Diner Day, more people turned out to interact with Gilmore Girls than anyone could have dreamed possible. As the day arrived and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was released in 4-parts on Netflix, I think we were all left wanting more. Not because we are ungrateful or unhappy with certain plots (ok, a little), but because we love Gilmore Girls.
Many of us, myself included, were clamouring for MORE Gilmore Girls the second we finished “Fall,” as could be expected with such a cliffhanger. Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos said that Netflix would be open to more Gilmore Girls:
“We’re definitely open to it if Amy is. It’s a surprisingly international show and we’re thrilled with how people have enjoyed the new show and introducing the old show to an entire new generation of viewers.”
This statement leads me to believe that Gilmore Girls fared particularly well in International markets, and that this could be a rare occurrence for Netflix. An opportunity, one could say. We’ve seen that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life was already one of Netflix’s most popular shows, so it would be smart to continue that momentum.
Many of the cast have already expressed their willingness to return to Gilmore Girls, particularly Scott Patterson, who has always been vocal about giving this community more of what it loves, and everyone has been really careful about not calling Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life an “end.”
Lauren Graham once said she would do “whatever’s best for the project,” and if the material were good, she would come back again to reprise her role as Lorelai Gilmore.
Amy Sherman-Palladino has been more circumspect in her own responses, since the revival project for Amy & husband Dan Palladino took up a year and a half, versus the three-month filming window of the cast. It’s immersive. But, she’s also said that “life only closes doors when you drop dead,” so perhaps given a bit of space, creatively, she will circle back around and open up some new Gilmore doors for us. As always, it’s about finding a story that inspires. This time around, that spark was the loss of Edward Herrmann / Richard Gilmore, a theme around which the revival was woven. Next time, if we do get a next time, will be up to Amy.
I would think that a second revival, or a continuation every year or two, could be more fun for Amy & Dan, from a creative perspective. In this revival, they were “locked” into an ending they had envisioned many many years ago, with a strong story arc that locked each main character into a certain path. Without these restrictions, perhaps we could see a more dynamic and creative Gilmore Girls, if it were to return again. One perhaps invigorated by the Final Four Words that left us all hanging.
Let’s all keep the momentum alive! My gut tells me that Amy will need space to find her story, so it will be up to us to keep up enough momentum online and on Netflix to make round 2 a reality! As Petal (Kirk) once put it, let’s Kick Up A Rumpus!