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[Warning: This story contains spoilers from all four parts of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.]
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life brought everything full circle. And no, we’re not just talking about the explosive, knock-down fight between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Emily (Kelly Bishop) on the day of Richard’s funeral in “Winter.” The final four words, as God and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino intended them, brought the entire franchise exactly to where it began when Rory (Alexis Bledel) dropped the bombshell on her newly betrothed mother that she was, in fact, pregnant.
On one level, the final four words brought closure. The show’s die-hard fans spent nearly a decade agonizing over how Sherman-Palladino had envisioned to wrap up the original WB series before she and husband and executive producer Dan Palladino unexpectedly left over a contract dispute at the end of season six, and the Netflix revival helped answer that question once and for all.
On the other hand, the circumstances surrounding Rory’s surprising news seems to leave things open for yet another batch of new episodes. The father of Rory’s unborn baby was unconfirmed as the final credits rolled. Even if it is Logan (Matt Czuchry), as their ongoing affair through the revival seems to suggest, his engagement to a French heiress and their complicated relationships with each other’s family opens up a whole new slew of issues. Sure, Rory never seemed particularly in need of a father, as Christopher’s (David Sutcliffe) brief return in the revival also seemed to imply, but the audience’s investment in Rory’s love life over the years (#TeamDean, #TeamJess and #TeamLogan, anyone?) makes the lack of confirmation all that more difficult to swallow.
The question about the possibility of more episodes also comes in the midst of revival frenzy, brought upon at least in part by Gilmore Girls. When the show originally went off the air in 2007, such reunions and revivals were extremely few and far between. But in 2016, streamers like Netflix have given much more weight to revival hopes (see: NBC’s Heroes Reborn, Fox’s The X Files and even Netflix’s Fuller House). But the bigger question is about the intentions of Sherman-Palladino, the woman without whom the show struggled for a year before coming to an unceremonious end and the woman who then brought the world of Stars Hollow back to life nine years later. When she originally thought of the final four words, there was a very slim chance of doing a revival or a sequel of any sorts, so does she want to forge ahead and explore Rory’s life as a mom-to-be/new mom sometime down the road? Or is she ready to walk away from Stars Hollow now that she did what she set out to do?
When asked about the possibility of producing more episodes, Sherman-Palladino said she was waiting to see just how A Year in the Life was received.
“We really had a very specific journey in our minds and we fulfilled the journey. So to us, this is the piece that we wanted to do. And the whole thought about, ‘Is there more, is there more, is there more?’ — this has to go out into the universe now. We’ve got to put this to bed,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “And then whatever happens, happens.”
A big part of the equation would be the availability of the actors and executive producers. Graham, Bledel and Bishop have yet to sign up for their first post-Gilmore Girls revival projects, as has presumed baby daddy Czuchry. Scott Patterson has several movies in preproduction for release next year in addition to his music career leading the band Smith Radio, which released its first single, “Haha,” on Wednesday. However, even Patterson sounded open to more installments of the series when asked by THR earlier this year.
“It’s be nice to do it every year,” he said. “Maybe every two years, do a three-month thing, do four more chapters. It was easy to do. It was fun. It was really rewarding and people got a sense that if this was going to be the last thing that we now have some closure.”
Sherman-Palladino and Palladino, on the other hand, have both been hard at work on their Amazon pilot, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, about a housewife who becomes a stand-up comic. Because of Sherman-Palladino’s heavy hand in all of her series, it’s unclear whether she would be able or willing to split her time between two shows. However, judging by the public interest going into Friday’s launch of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, it seems safe to assume Netflix would potentially be open to further installments. As the theme song goes, “where you lead, I will follow.”
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