Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life


Megan Mousaw, Online Editor

When Gilmore Girls ended in May of 2007, the iconic mother and daughter duo of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore ended, along with their beloved small town of Stars Hollow and everyone in it. But when Gilmore Girls released a short teaser trailer at the end of July for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the internet and every fan of the show freaked out.

When we last saw Lorelai and Rory in Gilmore Girls, Rory had graduated from Yale and was offered a job to follow Barack Obama on the campaign trail, and Lorelai was staying in Stars Hollow with Luke. Now, ten years later, we see the famous mother and daughter duo come together on the steps of the gazebo in the center of Stars Hollow, reuniting yet again.

We quickly learn that over the past 10 years, a lot has happened to the Gilmore Girls. Rory doesn’t really have a home; she’s been living at home, her grandparent’s house, and her best friend’s and jumping around trying to figure out her next move in her fast paced career. She’s still in the journalism business, and even wrote an amazing article for The New Yorker, but her future is still uncertain. Lorelai’s life has been a bit more stable through the years. She and Luke have been in a steady relationship for about 9 years so far, and she is still running her business, The Dragonfly Inn. And then there’s Emily Gilmore, Lorelai’s mother, who has been deeply affected by the passing of her husband, Richard Gilmore, about 4 months before the show took place. The death Edward Herrmann, who played Richard Gilmore, actually inspired and pushed Amy Sherman-Palladino, the executive producer of Gilmore Girls, to start work on the revival. And the creators of the show used Herrmann’s (and Richard’s) death to show the heartbreak of the Gilmore ladies, their character and themselves, and Emily’s heartbreak over the loss of her husband for 50 years.

Not only have the Gilmore Girls themselves changed, but their environment as well. We last saw them in the late 2000s, where flip phones were still cool and the fashion was, well, the 2000s fashion. Now, they are in 2016, and the flip phones are out and the iPhones are in, there are new cars driving around Stars Hollow (don’t worry, Lorelai still has her iconic 2000 Jeep Wrangler), and the culture has changed between 2007 and 2016. Stars Hollow has a new generation of people coming forward with innovations of 2016, but the creators still manage to keep Stars Hollow and small town with charm.

And with the revival, we expected some of our favorite characters to come back to Stars Hollow. Luckily, everyone ventured back. We are reunited with Rory’s three ex boyfriends (Dean, Jess, and Logan), our favorite members of the town like Michel, Miss Patty, Babette, Kirk, Taylor Doose, Jackson, Lane, Paris, Doyle, Caesar, and so many more. It was so comforting to see all those actors, after all those years, to come back to the characters we know and love them for like they never left. Even Sookie, played by Melissa McCarthy, came back. The creators of the show were not sue if they would be able to get McCarthy to come back due to her busy schedule, but McCarthy was able to make a small appearance in the last episode.

What made the revival even more special was that Amy Sherman-Palladino was the executive producer again. After the six seasons of being the executive producer of the original series, Sherman-Palladino was not involved with season 7 at all. And as the creator of the show, she had planned the last four words of the show before she had even thought of leaving, but because of her sudden departure, Sherman-Palladino was never able to use her planned ending. Now that she created and produced A Year in the Life, Sherman-Palladino was finally able to use her last four words, which made everyone more excited about the revival.

After watching all four episodes of A Year in the Life and hearing the last four words, every Gilmore Girls fan, including myself, are hoping that Amy Sherman-Palladino won’t leave us on a cliffhanger like that. Without spoiling anything, I will say this: there HAS to be a second season.

If you are interested in watching Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, the four hour and a half episodes are currently on Netflix for you to binge. And if you’ve never seen Gilmore Girls, I strongly recommend watching the seven seasons on Netflix. Gilmore Girls is the type of show that you love so much that you never want it to end, so enjoy it while it lasts.