A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon news I dreamed I would one day hear: Gilmore Girls is coming back. Our favorite dysfunctional family living in a cute, small town in Connecticut would once again grace our television screens. I found myself asking (several times) “Is this real life?” You bet it was.
It’s hard to believe it’s been an entire year since that incredible day. For 365(+) days, I have held on to the daydream of what this revival will bring. Are Luke and Lorelai actually married? Are they even together? Did Rory find success on the campaign trail with Barack Obama? Did she meet a new love? Did she ever rekindle with Jess? How is the Dragonfly Inn doing? Did Lane and Zach manage to make their relationship work while he was away on tour? Did Hep Alien get back together? How much influence did Mrs. Kim have on raising the twins? Did Sookie and Jackson have a boy or a girl? Is Kirk going to marry Lulu? Did April eventually go on a boat trip with Luke?
So. Many. Questions. And this Friday, they will finally be answered.
The last year has brought snippets of insight and information regarding what these four episodes will consist of, and I’ve been cautiously on board with all of it–well, with the exception of everything to do with the Life and Death Brigade (in case you were wondering, I am #TeamJess). And with the release of promotional posters, photos, interviews, and trailers, I am more than ready to embark on this journey.
I have been a fan of Gilmore Girls since I was ten years old. I can recall the very day I first tuned in to the show: my ten-year-old self was instructed to clean my mess-of-a closet, and so, to make the experience a more positive one, I turned my television to ABC Family. I think I was hoping to catch a Disney movie or something, but instead I got the good ol’ Gilmores. Even fourteen years ago Gilmore Girls had a daily time slot on the channel, and I found myself tuning in to watch what would happen next as often as possible. This soon turned into a full blown obsession, and it wasn’t long before I asked my mom to take me to Target so I could purchase the season one DVD.
Lorelai and Rory have been in my life through many milestones and other monumental moments. I went through puberty with them, battling hormones, heartbreak, and loss of friendships with the girls by my side. I felt an instant connection to Rory’s scholarly side and she inspired many of my trips to Barnes N Noble when I wasn’t sure which books to read next. Lorelai is the kind of parent I hope to one day be–should I choose to have children–and she taught me many pop cultures references I otherwise would have not been privy to. But I have them to thank for more than just my understanding of pop culture references–they’ve attributed to my wit, my tendency to talk a bit too fast, my affinity for scarves and snow, and my complete dependence on coffee.
In short, this show is more than just a show to me. It’s pivotal to who I am as a person. And now that it’s returning for a special run on Netflix, I feel alive for the first time since 2007. While I’ll spend the next 30 hours waiting anxiously, here are some things I’m hoping to see from this revival:
- A Luke and Lorelai wedding
- Less Logan screen time than has been rumored
- Rory finally telling Lorelai that Jess inspired her to go back to Yale
- Lorelai and Jess finding common ground
- April having formed a close relationship with Rory, Lorelai, and Jess
- Emily learning how to confidently navigate her life now that Richard has passed
- A well-done remembrance of Ed Herrmann
- As little of Christopher as humanly possible
- Michel’s sass (how I have missed it)
- Kirk doing what Kirk does best–making us laugh and giving Luke a hard time
- More witty lines and pop culture references!
- The traditional coffee at Luke’s ❤
Are you a fan of the show? What are you most looking forward to with Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? Let me know!
Where you lead, I will follow…