4 ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Theories that are Legit AF
By Lee DeGraw November 24, 2016 Published on BayArea.com
The biggest news you already know this year is that Gilmore Girls is back! Well, at least back in the sense that we get the chance to catch up with the fast-talking, coffee-loving, brunette bombshells and their loveable Stars Hollow tribe in a four-episode revival on Netflix the day after Thanksgiving. I simply can’t wait to see what all of the “Stars Hollow homies” (yes, that’s a direct line from Season 3, episode 19, which I expect you to know) have been getting up to these last 10 years. Is Kirk still adorkable? Is Michel still sassy AF? Is the town still hosting zany festivals? We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some pretty spot on predictions that’ll get you pumped for what’s to come on Friday.
Lorelai is unexpectedly expecting Ok, it’s been 10 years since we last saw Lorelai, but something tells me that she and Luke might not have popped out any little ones … yet. I suspect that Ms. Gilmore and Mr. Danes are together and engaged. There was so much pressure and miscommunication with their previous engagement and I believe that this time around, they’re really taking their time with everything. But that doesn’t mean little unplanned surprises aren’t in store for the couple. The image from the Gilmore Girls official Instagram page of several Pop Tarts surrounding an apple makes this GG devotee suspect someone has a bun in the oven. The last time we saw Lorelai eat an apple was when she was in the hospital awaiting the birth of Sookie’s daughter and believed she herself could be pregnant after a wild night of passion with Luke. Maybe Lorelai is going to be sporting a little baby bump in her wedding gown.
The student becomes the teacher We know Rory and Paris will have something to do with Chilton in the revival, but the question is what exactly. Times are tough for newspapers/printed media and Rory is obviously in a state of transition, doing a little soul searching and most likely laying low in the Hollow for a bit to get her bearings. Paris, I suspect, is doing very well in her career and is involved with Chilton in some capacity, either via teaching or perhaps as a major financial donor (yes, I saw her name on the door of the GG Insta post too). Through her connections, Paris throws Rory a bone and offers her a gig as a visiting lecturer. Rory agrees and finds that she thoroughly enjoys being back in her Alma matter. She discovers that her love for school has never really wavered and that teaching is her true calling and that once again, Paris is a perpetual figure in her life. The Dragonfly is in trouble Lorelai has already lived through the fire at the Independence Inn and I doubt the show execs would put her through that again (right guys, RIGHT??!), but there are a few clues in the revival trailer that tell me something is amiss at the inn. In the trailer, we see a brief snippet of Lorelai walking through the dining room of the Dragonfly looking distraught and overwhelmed by the number of millennials there on their phones and doing sit-ups (dafuq?), taking up space. My prediction is Sookie is no longer the chef at the inn, especially since it has been confirmed that she will be making only a brief appearance in the revival, and that Lorelai is struggling to replace her. Another shot in the trailer shows Lorelai sitting on the grass having a decadent picnic with a Sookie lookalike. An interview perhaps?? The Dragonfly is a beautiful, historic piece of Stars Hollow, but what is it without Sookie? My guess is that its image and rep have changed quite a bit since her absence and that the new crowd is not quite what Lorelai had hoped for.
The final words The hook, if you will, of the pilot of Gilmore Girls was a mother and daughter so close (in both age and emotional bonds) that they were more best friends than parent/child. In some reviews, I’ve even seen critics complain that the novelty of a mother-daughter friendship when both parties are fully grown is not novel at all. But all the mother-daughter late night, coffee-fueled chatter sessions that Lorelai and Rory share are not the narrative driving force behind the heart of GG. Like white space in a novel, the real emotional undercurrent resides in the relationship, or lack thereof, between Lorelai and Emily. After all, the inciting incident in the narrative is Lorelai’s reintroduction to the Gilmore family proper and all the drama that ensues. Lorelai and Rory have the kind of relationship that both Lorelai and Emily would love to have with each other. No matter how hard they try, they are too different. But maybe, just maybe, through Richard’s death, they can finally pull their shit together. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has always said that the show will end with four words. What better way for our time in Stars Hollow to end than with Emily reciting four very uncharacteristic words: “I love you, Lorelai.”