Everything You Need to Know About Netflix’s ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival

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Earlier this year, Netflix announced it would be reviving Gilmore Girls and ever since, fans have been left wondering what this means for the residents of Stars Hollow. Well, here are the answers to all your questions about Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival.

1. How many episodes will we be getting?

Partly inspired by Sherlock, Gilmore Girls will return with four, 90 minute episodes, titled “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall” (a nod to the show’s theme song). Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino explained, “Yes, it’s how the song goes, so everyone will be familiar with it. But, narratively, it really worked. It worked to open on snow and have a colder, starker environment. And then end on a lusher, warmer, golden-y town, which lends to where the story will end.”

Sherman-Palladino also added that she hopes the series is released incrementally, rather than all at once joking, “Let people get a little sunlight and go for a walk around the corner.”

2. Who’s coming back?

Main series cast including Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Kelly Bishop (Emily), and Scott Patterson (Luke) are all expected to return. As for the employees at the Dragonfly Inn, Yanic Truesdale will reprise his role as Michel. Unfortunately Melissa McCarthy, who played Sookie, revealed on Twitter that she wasn’t even asked back. However, Sherman-Palladino told TV Line that she would be willing to write the Dragonfly Inn’s chef into the script.

While the revival might be missing Sookie (and probably Jackson as well), other returnees include Sean Gunn (Kirk), Rose Abdoo (Gypsy), and Liza Weil (Paris). Keiko Agena (Lane) and the rest of Hep Alien will be returning as well. One face missing from the revival though will be Edward Herrmann (Richard Gilmore) who passed away in 2014.

3. How will the show address Edward Herrmann’s passing?

The show will not only address his death, but the event will most likely serve as the inciting incident of the new series. “So the pilot started where all three women were at a change in their lives. And it felt like, well that’s where we need to start [the revival],” Sherman-Palladino explained to TV Line, “What does it mean for all three of the girls? [A tragedy like that] brings up thoughts of, ‘Where am I? Where am I going? What am I doing?'”

4. What about the men in Rory’s life?

Whether you’re Team Jess or Team Logan (let’s be real, no one is Team Dean), we can all agree that single Rory is the best Rory. At the start of the new series, Rory will be single, though Sherman-Palladino clarifies, “She’s…. single in the sense that she’s not married. But she’s dating like any young woman with that face would be.”

Earlier this year, Sherman-Palladino stated she hoped to bring back as many of Rory’s former flames as possible, “We’re still dealing with who’s going to be in it. We definitely want to see them. And we have storylines planned. I just need someone to tell me they’re going to show up.” It was later confirmed that Jared Padalecki (Dean), Matt Czuchry (Logan), and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) would all be returning.


5. What’s Stars Hollow like now?

The town of Stars Hollow was as much a character in Gilmore Girls as any member of the cast. Right now, production teams are putting together the Stars Hollow set to get ready for filming. The set, which is located on the Warner Brothers studio back lot, has been used for dozens of shows over the years including SeinfeldPretty Little Liars, and Supernatural.

While Stars Hollow will be back, the town is going to be fundamentally changed since eight years have passed. How will the show bring Stars Hollow into the present? Will the town square have free wi-fi? Personally, we can’t imagine anyone using a smartphone in Luke’s Diner.

6. How will the show translate to Netflix?

Gilmore Girls will still feature the fast-paced, pop cultured laden dialogue that we’re used to, but the elephant in the room is whether or not the show will use any four letter words. “We never needed Taylor to go on a foul-mouthed, ‘You f—ing a–holes in Stars Hollow,'” Sherman-Palladino told TV Line, “For us, our language is more about Hepburn and Tracy and less about f—ity f–k f–k f–k.”

7. What are those final four words?

For years, fans have been speculating about the proper end to the series (season seven doesn’t count) which includes Palladino’s famous “final four words.” While we’ll have to wait for the series to air to learn what they are, in an interview with TV Line, Lauren Graham revealed that the final four words aren’t a statement, but rather an exchange between Lorelai and Rory.

Personally, we love the theory that the final words are a quote from the ending of Thelma and Louise: “Go.” “You sure?” “Yeah.”

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