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If you were like me, then you’ve been bingeing Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life; over and over again. Mainly, because it’s amazing and gets better every time but partly because you wish there was more of it (yes, I’m going through major Gilmore withdrawal). The last four words have left a hole in my heart, because I need to know what happens next. Instead of ‘Fall’ ending in everyone being content that everything is all right in Stars Hollow, it actually ended in everyone running around in a frenzy, like an addict, wanting more and more. And that is the genius of Amy Sherman-Palladino.
This article will explore why I think that Gilmore Girls needs to return but on a flip-side, I will also (try) to argue why it perhaps doesn’t have to even though we all want it to.
Firstly, Gilmore Girls is about life. Life goes on and on and on, and in that respect, there’s so much more to tell. In this instance, if it were to return, one would assume that the bulk of the storyline will revolve around Rory’s road to parenthood (not plugging Lauren’s other fantastic show). In my opinion, that is a major reason for the show to return because the storyline and format is automatically available and abundant, as set out by the last four words.
Another major storyline could include Luke and Lorelai’s marriage life, their support of Rory and even perhaps the notion of the two of them having their own child. This would probably couple in with Logan and Jess, and their fight to win Rory’s love and father her child.
Emily’s storyline could be another major factor too, as we’re all clamouring to know whether or not she sticks to this newfound lifestyle or if she reverts back to the old.
Of course, this is all speculation and only the geniuses that are Amy and Dan know what the storylines would revolve around if, a second season was to become a reality. What I’m trying to get at is that there’s a vast amount of storylines that the new season could explore and let’s admit, they’d all be fantastic.
Another reason for the show to return is the new age of Netflix. Back when the original show was on the WB, Amy had to tackle the WB execs and try to keep everyone happy. With Netflix, they’ve given her the reigns to do as she fits. Netflix has a massive reach around the world, and has brought Gilmore Girls to a brand new generation of fans who absolutely love it. This in turn means that the Gilmore Girls universe is also in a new era, and that could play to its benefits as there are a myriad of plotlines which could emerge from it. Amy previously said that she was inspired by the British TV show, Sherlock, which doesn’t air every year, but every two years, in a similar 90 minute format. This format gives Amy and Dan the perfect excuse to retreat, focus on other projects and then return to this beloved show so that they can continue creating content for Gilmore Girls for a probable 2018 return (yes, I do hope it’s earlier). Giving everyone involved a needed breather as well as creating anticipation for a new season. Even Scott Patterson had mentioned how favourable this new format was as it gave them a few months to enjoy the filming process, rather than having a longer gruelling schedule.
Another big reason is the numbers. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, was an instant hit on Netflix, surpassing many of the beloved original content that Netflix already has within its library. And, because it’s available in their library at all times, anyone can view it whenever they want, inevitably increasing the already impressive numbers to new heights. Ted Sarandos, the Chief Content Officer of Netflix has explicitly stated that he’s very pleased with the response of the new season and is happy to commission a second season if Amy wishes to do so.
If that isn’t enough to warrant another season, then the fan admiration for the show has to. Myself and majority of others absolutely loved the revival, because it was everything we had hoped it would be and so much more. In that regards, if Amy or Dan ever happen to stumble across this article, then I really hope that you genuinely do decide to go ahead with a new season because as fans of the show, I can honestly say that no amount of Gilmore is ever enough.
What makes me hopeful is that Amy hasn’t denied a second season, but merely has been coy about revealing anything too substantial as she probably wants everyone to watch the show in its entirety and let it sink in. Lauren Graham, Scott Patterson, Kelly Bishop and Milo Ventimiglia have all said that the ending was more of a cliff-hanger than an actual end, giving us all that extra bit of hope.
Now, we’ve reached the moment of this article, even I’m dreading to write. Perhaps Gilmore Girls doesn’t have to return because simply put, Amy has ended the revival in the way she intended to ever since the beginning. If that is the case, and she decides that there is no point in adding to the story, then I guess in some ways I respect that, because she’d be ending the show on a high and in her own terms.
However, I really hope that the success and amazing response the revival has received will be enough for Amy to realise that there is so much more to tell, warranting her to continue to create more seasons for this amazing piece of television.