Netflix’s revival Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life picks up almost a decade after the original series ended on The CW, with Rory now in her 30s.
Almost a decade passes between the last season of Gilmore Girls and the revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life. The quirky comedy-drama series was created by Amy Sherman-Palladino (who exited the series after season 6 and was replaced by David S. Rosenthal) and premiered on The WB in October 2000. Gilmore Girls centered around single mother Lorelai and her teenage daughter Rory (short for Lorelai). The series was a standout thanks to the close relationship between the fast-talking Gilmores, who were never short on pop-culture references, lived on copious amounts of coffee, and who could eat large amounts of junk food and never gain a pound. The show starred Lauren Graham as the elder Lorelai and Alexis Bledel as Rory, and ran for six seasons on The WB before moving to The CW for its seventh and final season.
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During Gilmore Girls season 1, Lorelai was 32 years old and the manager of the Independence Inn. Rory turned 16 and, in her quest to be accepted to Harvard University, switched from public school to Chilton, an elite private school. The series chronicled Lorelai and Rory’s lives and those of their friends, family, and the eccentric residents of the quirky town of Stars Hollow, CT. During the show’s series finale, which aired on May 15, 2007, a 22 year-old Rory, recently graduated from Yale, landed a full-time position at an online publication as a political reporter, following Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Meanwhile, Lorelai got back together with her long-time love Luke Danes (Scott Patterson).
In November 2016, Netflix launched a four-episode revival of the show Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Palladino created the series and co-wrote it with her husband Daniel Palladino, and each episode is titled after one of the four seasons. “Winter” is the mini-series’ first installment, and Rory returns to visit Lorelai in Stars Hollow during December 2015. Lorelai remarks that Rory missed Christmas (holiday decorations still adorn the town and Lorelai’s house). Rory comes bearing a gift: Princess Charlotte iced teaspoons (the daughter of Prince William and Kate Middleton was born on May 2). According to the original series, Rory’s birthday is in October, and it’s confirmed during a dinner with Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) that Rory is 32 years old. Lorelai is a mere 16 years older than her daughter, which makes her 48 (Lorelai’s birthday is April.) The episode reveals that Gilmore patriarch Richard (played by the late Edward Herrmann during the series) died four months earlier. During “Spring,” Taylor Doose announces the town’s first annual gay pride parade, scheduled to occur on Liza’s Minelli’s 70th birthday (March 12, 2016), has been canceled.
The revival offers up some information about what Rory and Lorelai have been doing in the time since Rory left town on track to fulfilling her dream of becoming the next Christiane Amanpour. During “Winter,” Rory rifles through boxes, having just vacated her Brooklyn apartment, and she’s fresh off a career triumph – an article published in The New Yorker. Luke and Lorelai live together and are unmarried, presumably having been together for nine years following the series finale. “Winter” drops some additional bombshells. Michel Gerard (Yanic Truesdale) is married to a man named Frederick whom he’s been with for five years. Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy), Lorelai’s long time friend and business partner, is no longer working at the Dragonfly Inn, having departed one year earlier to pursue a passion project (McCarthy’s Sookie is absent for most of the revival, appearing only in the final episode, “Fall.”)
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life allowed Palladino to wrap up the characters’ story arcs in a satisfying way but still leaves room for another outing. The episode concludes on November 5, 2016, Luke and Lorelai’s wedding day. A 33-year-old Rory is pregnant, and all signs point to Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) as the father. Although the couple broke up during season 7’s penultimate episode, they reconnected on an unspecified date and have a sexual relationship despite Logan’s engagement to another woman (Rory breaks things off for good during “Fall.”)
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