‘Gilmore Girls’ Creator and Cast Spill Intel on ‘Year In the Life’, Richard’s Death
Update: Check out new photos from Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life above.
Thanksgiving is about reconnecting with friends and family. But diehard Gilmore Girls fans will want to get most of their holiday-ing done on Thursday, November 24, because Netflix is releasing Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on November 25. On the heels of unveiling the premiere date and first teaser video, cast members and series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino shed some light on the upcoming revival at the 2016 Television Critics Association summer press tour on July 27.
According to TVLine, Sherman-Palladino fought to release the movies one at a time for pacing's sake, but per Netflix tradition, the streaming site held firm on dropping the four 90-minute installments all at once. Still, ASP would like you to remain patient when it comes to hearing those infamous four final words — hands off that fast-forward button.
"It’s such a journey and it’s such a build to the last four words, however, you don’t always get what you want," Sherman-Palladino told the crowd. "I don’t have the a– I want! The good outweighs the bad in the sense that [Netflix] is a wonderful place to create things and do things in a different way."
Attendees were treated to the first few minutes of Winter, which involved Lorelai and Rory Gilmore at the gazebo engaging in some classic rapid-fire banter as snow falls. Though the trailer features familiar shots of the fictional Connecticut town, it was, of course, a Warner Bros. soundstage in Burbank, California. Stars Hollow as we knew it no longer exists.
"No one saved anything because, why would they?" Lauren Graham, who plays Lorelai Gilmore, chimed in. "Who would’ve thought we would go back?”
And while Team GG can't yet say what became of Rory in her years since Yale, Alexis Bledel is far less obsessed with her characters' future scenes with her exes (who all make an appearance) than almost everyone else is: "I think it’s kind of interesting that that’s what people are excited about," she said. "There is so much more to her character. It’s great when people focus on her ambition and her accomplishments." If Rory is chummy enough with Michelle Obama to lend her some books in a recent video, it would seem her choice to cover President Obama's campaign was a great one.
The cast also discussed how they'll address Richard Gilmore's unfortunate absence, as his portrayer Edward Herrman sadly died of brain cancer in 2014.
Lauren Graham says Richard's passing gives the show "a depth and emotional complexity that felt like, ‘Here’s the show, [only] more grown-up'." She also said it will play into “all the choices the characters” make. We're guessing it will also likely lead to great scenes with Kelly Bishop, aka the now-widowed Emily Gilmore.
For more on the Gilmore revival, including Melissa McCarthy's return, read TVLine's live blog of the event.