If you’re an American female who has had access to cable television and/or Netflix over the last 16 years, and believes that strong, confident women can also have soulmates, there’s a good chance this November 25th is not just any other Black Friday. In fact, it’s a sacred holiday you’ve used one of your few PTO days on. Forget any Thanksgiving holiday plans you had. Tell Grandma she’s going to have to wait until Christmas to get that quality time with you, because you’ve got to hop in your Netflix car and make a mandatory day trip back to Stars Hollow.
It’s been nine years since we bid our favorite small town farewell, bawling our eyes out and wishing Rory luck as she headed onto the presidential campaign trail, and cheering as Lorelai ran across the town square to lay that final kiss on Luke, the man we all hope to find ourselves one day. Lorelai Gilmore is the best friend and mom every girl wanted and Rory is the sweet, intelligent, down-to-earth girl we all wanted to be. We knew and loved these characters. We cried and laughed with them. They were, and still are, our best friends and family.
If you’re like me, you didn’t jump on the Gilmore Girls train until it was all readily accessible to binge watch in a matter of days via the internet. And while I haven’t had nine years to replay every single interaction between Lorelai and Luke, Rory and Dean and Jess and Logan, or Emily and literally anyone, it doesn’t mean the last two years, since I myself finished the series, haven’t been absolute torture. My fellow GG addicts and I have so many thoughts. So many questions and “What if’s?” and “Where are they now’s?” We want, nay NEED, these answers.
What have our favorite characters been up to these past nine years?
It’s not difficult to believe Stars Hollow has continued on in all of its Connecticutian glory over the last decade. I’m sure this is the first question everyone has. Who is still around? How many of our favorite quirky side characters are still up to their everyday antics? Has Kirk managed to double his 15,000 jobs count? Has Ms. Kim finally sold that 8-piece dining set?
It’s been too long!!
Why aren’t Luke and Lorelai married yet?
If you’ve watched the full trailer as many times as I have, you’ve noticed neither Luke, nor Lorelai are wearing wedding rings. They appear to be living together but we’ve also been given some insight into Lorelai potentially seeing a counselor and trying to convince herself that her and Luke are happy. Maybe she’s questioning things because Luke WON’T marry her.
How is Emily handling life after Richard’s death?
We bid farewell to the great Edward Hermann two years ago after he lost his battle with brain cancer. RIP ED. We know the show will address Richard’s death pretty early on, but as we see Emily clearing out their beautiful mansion, I couldn’t help but feel a pang in my chest. Emily has always held a very odd place in my heart. I love her as much as I hate her, but losing a husband after 50 years is never easy for anyone. I wonder how it has changed Emily. Has she softened her hard exterior at all? Will she want to move in with Lorelai or move to Stars Hollow in general? Small town life may be just what she needs right now.
How are Lane and Zack handling parenthood?
The last we saw Lane and Zack, they had just welcomed two beautiful twin boys into the world. I wonder how this has affected their marriage. And what about their band, Hep Alien? Are they still together? Have the twins taken up any musical instruments? Heck, are Lane and Zack even still together? Is Brian still living with them? SO MANY QUESTIONS
Did Jackson ever get his vasectomy or did he and Sookie finally get their 4-in-4?
Within the first few months of Jackson and Sookie's marriage, we discover that Jackson has sprung the "4-in-4" plan on Sookie. Four kids in four years. That sounds like a bit much to me, but what do I know? By the end of the show, Sookie had already given birth to Davey and Martha, and is pregnant with baby #3. We were already surprised to learn Jackson never got the vasectomy he was supposed to get, leading Sookie to become pregnant for the third time. But was three enough? Did they return to that conversation and have the procedure or will we tune in to find a 12, 10, 8, and 6-year-old? If anyone could handle it, it's these two.
How successful has Rory’s career been?
The last time we saw Rory she was heading out to join the Obama campaign trail as a political journalist. Although the trailer informs us that Rory has been traveling all over the world, following stories, she has returned to Stars Hollow unemployed and feeling lost. Is she having second thoughts about her career? Did she finally burn out on being the nomadic hard-hitting journalist? Did she ever reach her Christiane Amanpour status?
What ever happened to Christopher?
Big man baby daddy Christopher. I've never liked Christopher. He was absent. He emotionally manipulated and tortured Lorelai. He showed up at the WORST times. But I can't help but wonder, where is he? Has he tried to maintain a relationship with Rory? Did Gigi's mom ever come back? Has he finally gotten over Lorelai and moved on with his life? Frankly I think I’d be alright if we didn’t even see him.
Has Jess found his path in life and become a wildly successful author?
Jess. Oh sweet baby angel Jess. You James Dean bad boy we have all known or dated or loved from afar. I've always pulled for Jess, believing that all people are truly good and capable of anything. And while it is true that most people never change, I truly believe Jess had good intentions. A heart buried so deep down that only the magic and love of one Rory Gilmore could access. We've all been through the Jess stage in our life and have learned so much about ourselves because of it. Which is why it has always surprised me that 80% of the GG fans I talk to are #TeamJess. But I can't help but think he abandoned her only because he honestly didn't believe he was good enough for our Rory. And he wasn't. Not at 17 anyway. But what's become of him? In the trailer we see him working at a DESK in an OFFICE like a BIG BOY. Last we saw Jess, he was living in Philadelphia at a publishing house and had just published his first novel. Has his success catapulted him into the artistically fulfilling life of an author? Has he written anything else? Has he finally discovered his self-worth and found a life he is proud of? I really hope so.
Will Rory ever end up with one of her beloved suitors or does she keep repping that strong, single lady life?
This is the big one. The only thing anyone can seem to talk about. So much so that our beloved writer and hero Amy Sherman-Palladino has publicly come out and said how disappointed she is that this is the most anticipated moment of the entire revival, discrediting all of the other amazing qualities Rory possesses. BUT HOW CAN YOU NOT WONDER? Our teenage lady-selves have been aching over every terrible breakup Rory has endured, reliving our own awful high school and college romances, torn apart by the memories of the boys we loved and lived for. And while the Gilmore women are strong and powerful and "don't need no man", we would love to see our little Rory end up with someone who deserves her and makes her really happy. I've always been a #TeamJess girl myself, but as I've rewatched the series these past few weeks, #TeamLogan doesn't look too bad, but then again I could never forgive a cheater, so JESS FOR LIFE. In any case, deep down we all just want to make sure Rory is happy.
And for those of you die-hard fans, will we ever find out Amy Sherman-Palaldino’s four final words?
The four final words. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, well I'm frankly surprised you're even reading this. Some quick behind-the-scenes history for you: Amy Sherman-Palladino, writer and creator of our beloved GG, was not involved in the final season of the show. In an article she revealed that before her departure she knew how the story would end. Specifically, she knew the final four words of the series. Four final words that would sum up the essence and love and life that seven years of Gilmore Girls had given us. Amy is the reason November 25th is happening. But will she finally give us her final thoughts? Have they changed now that nine years have passed? One can only anxiously wait to find out.
Whether you've had to wait close to a decade or just a few months, there is no lack of excitement and anticipation. Spend these next two weeks getting your four "A Year in the Life" posters printed and hung around your adorable apartment while the full length trailer plays on a constant loop in the background. And don't forget the coffee, Chinese, pizza, and burgers for your 6-hour viewing party.
See you all on November 25th.
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