By the time the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls hits everyone’s favorite binge-watch service, it will be over nine years since Rory Gilmore left Star’s Hollow to work on the 2008 Obama presidential campaign. A lot has happened in those nine years, both in the show’s universe and what we know as “real life”. Sadly, Ed Hermann, who played Richard Gilmore, the patriarch of the Gilmore family, passed away in 2014 from brain cancer (and this will be addressed in the revival). The actors playing the beloved characters of Rory and Lorelai have moved on to other shows and movies, but their hearts were always in that small town where parties and town halls were the norm. Now they’re coming back to a place they called home for nearly a decade, and it’s emotional. Especially for Lauren Graham, who got emotional just discussing walking back into that iconic house in an interview with TV Line:
…when I walked onto the set for the first time. We had to do a camera test and … the house. [She gets choked up] It’s on a different stage but it’s … the house. Alexis [Bledel] and I walked onto the set together and – I feel super emotional about a lot of it and I’m afraid I’m going to start crying at every turn – but walking onto that set really felt like something. It felt like a lot of time had passed and it felt like we were just there. It felt amazing.
The revival won’t just be fan service, showing familiar faces and spouting in-jokes. The original series ending left a lot to be desired by hardcore fans, so the creators have gone to great lengths to make sure there are long-awaited resolutions and loose ends being tied:
I read a scene with Kelly [Bishop, who plays matriarch Emily] today … and it was just completely alive. We have some really nice story together. And there’s definitely some resolution that we didn’t get [at the end of the series’ original run].
It’s an exciting time to be a fan of TV shows with Netflix’s downright altruistic approach to reviving fan favorites. From Wet Hot American Summer to With Bob and David, the goods are being delivered.
(Via TV Line)