Gilmore Girls fans can agree on most things: Luke and Lorelai were endgame, Season 7 was an unholy mess, Emily Gilmore had the sickest burns this side of Hicksville, and if you're going to throw you life away -- he'd better have a motorcycle.
However, the very important issue of which Gilmore guy in Rory's life was her OTP still reigns large, nearly nine years after the series finale. Fortunately, an answer to that mystery, plus many others that have lingered over the years, is on the way in the form of four, new 90-minute episodes.
Following months of rumors, Netflix recently confirmed that Gilmore Girls is officially coming back for a short run of new episodes, set to debut later this year. Needless to say, we have a lot of questions about our titular heroines (and Kirk's whereabouts), but we do have some answers about what to expect from creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's revival. Grab your coffee; here's everything we know so far:
When will it air?
All four installments of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will hit Netflix on November 25, so stock up on coffee and plan your holiday accordingly.
How will it work?The WB
Back in February, Sherman-Palladino herself confirmed that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life would be four episodes, all named after seasons — "Winter," "Spring," "Summer," and "Fall." After all, Stars Hollow and seasonal gatherings go together like the Gilmores and Chinese food.
Rumor has it that each episode will run around 90 minutes. Original writers-producers AS-P and Daniel Palladino will write and direct the series.
Who's in it?
Netlix has confirmed that Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Scott Patterson (Luke) and Kelly Bishop (Emily) will return for more coffee and fast-talk in the beloved California studio lot known as the quaint New England town of Stars Hollow. (Sadly, actor Edward Herrmann's death in 2014 means that the Gilmore family's lovable patriarch, Richard Gilmore, will be sorely missed at the dinner table — but his devastating death will be addressed.)
Aside from our four main leads, many of Stars Hollow's quirky townsfolk will also appear, including fan-fave Sean Gunn (Kirk) and Keiko Agena, otherwise known as Rory's teenage bestie, Lane. (FYI, Lane's twins Stevie and Kwan are now 9 and will be present.) Bishop recently revealed that Rose Abdoo (Gypsy) and Liza Weil (Paris) had also signed on for the revival.
John Cabrera, who played Hep Alien's own Brian Fuller, recently tweeted his involvement in the project. In other words, expect an epic Hep Alien reunion with Agena and Todd Lowe (Zach). Additionally, Yanic Truesdale tweeted a photo with Graham from the Dragonfly Inn, confirming that he's back as Michel — and we are SO EXCITED.
Actor Tanc Sade also tweeted that Life and Death Brigade member Finn will appear in the revival if he can make it work with his schedule. (Ed. note: He found a way to make it work.) Of course, Finn will likely appear alongside Matt Czuchry's Logan, who's set to guest star in the revival. Czuchry was the first of Rory's former flames to officially join the Netflix revival (#TEAMLOGAN FOR THE WIN), followed by Milo Ventimiglia (Jess). Back in February, Netflix confirmed that both actors will appear in the Gilmore Girls revival series, meaning the Team Jess v. Team Logan war is still very much raging in our hearts. We don't yet know the extent of their involvement in the series, but it's a step in the right direction. Ventimiglia seems happy to be back on the Warner Bros. lot, tweeting "What a great time to get back on set with some friends. #JessIsBack."
Not to be outdone by Jess, EW later confirmed that Rory's high school sweetheart Dean, played by Supernatural star Jared Padalecki, had signed onto the Netflix revival — meaning, ALL THE BOYFRIENDS ARE OFFICIALLY BACK.
Perhaps even more importantly, after months of back-and-forth, Melissa McCarthy (Sookie) finally confirmed he involvement in the revival. Things looked tenuous for bit, especially after McCarthy tweeted, "Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!" Of course, that didn't sit well with the internet, nor did it sit well with AS-P. Sherman-Palladino had previously told TVLine, "The thing I have said [to her team] is, 'Look, if Melissa is available and has an afternoon free, I’ll write her a scene.'" However, in the end it all worked out, and we're glad McCarthy was able to clear her busy filming schedule for a day and pop into Stars Hollow for a proper reunion.
In more spectacular news, AS-P fave Sutton Foster (!) is officially headed to Stars Hollow as a new character to the series. She is the first new face to join the extensive list of returning Gilmore Girls castmembers, but quite honestly, the thought of watching a scene between Foster and Graham is nothing short of euphoric.
Does Season 7 exist?The WB
The aforementioned final season of Gilmore Girls was controversial from the start. Sherman-Palladino stepped down from her role as showrunner before the seventh season, meaning that she had nothing to do with the events that unfolded. But that doesn't mean that the revival will ignore what happened in those final 22 episodes. "I wasn't going to say to the fans who stayed through Season 7, 'Hey, you all wasted your fucking time for a whole season. So, ignore all that!'" she said. "We had to pick them up where they left off. Luckily, the elements that we really wanted to play were not taken or destroyed by whatever they did in Season 7. So it actually worked out quite nicely."
So the decision to have Rory go her own way in the series finale? Yeah, that as probably always the plan. After all, AS-P has already confirmed that Rory will be "single in the sense that she’s not married" in the revival series. "But she's dating like any young woman with that face would be." Good for you, Rory.
Those final four words.The WB
A point of true contention for AS-P revolve around the series' final four words. The creator has long said she's long known the four words she'd write to end the series. Of course, Season 7 threw a wrench in those plans. After departing the show before its final season, and thereby never using those planned four words, many fans thought she'd spill over the years. But... she didn't. Now, she has the chance to make those final four words cannon.
Graham recently revealed that she does in fact know the four words in question, and that when she asked Sherman-Palladino who spoke them, she told her, "Both of you." That being said, they’re not spoken in unison. Rather, it's an exchange between two characters. While Graham wouldn't confirm who, we think it's a safe bet to say Lorelai and Rory have the final exchange in the picture-perfect mother-daughter drama.
And we're tearing up just thinking about it.
Are there plans for more?
Not yet. "It is what it is right now. We put this together, we told these stories, and now we throw them out into the universe," Sherman-Palladino told press during Netflix's summer press tour. However, moments later she added: "But like I've said, when it comes to your family, you never fix your shit."