In the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life trailer, Lorelai claims, "We're happy. Luke and I are happy." Out of the many questions that have consistently racked the brains of GG viewers since the revival was announced, the ones surrounding Lorelai and Luke have been particularly excruciating, and this little tidbit doesn't help. Why? Because if you watched closely, you noticed that the way Lorelai says, "Luke and I are happy," sounds anything but happy. Though, Luke and Lorelai shippers, don't give up just yet. The Gilmore Girls Instagram page just released a clip of Lauren Graham spilling details about the infamous chuppah.
In the clip, Graham said, "The chuppah lives. It's standing strong in Lorelai's front yard." Did you hear that? The chuppah lives. The chuppah — which, let's be honest, serves as a symbol of Luke and Lorelai's love — lives on. Whether or not this means Luke and Lorelai actually stood under that chuppah and exchanged vows, it's impossible to tell. You can, however, discern that there's hope for the two of them after all. Lorelai may not be convinced that the two are happy in the Netflix trailer, but the chuppah stands strong, and that has got to be worth something.
The chuppah makes its initial appearance during Season 2, episode 3, "Red Light on the Wedding night." During this time, Lorelai and Max are engaged, and in the throes of planning their "smallish, fun, simple, fast" wedding. Then, after acting shady about whether or not he's coming to the wedding (and after a snarky monologue that describes weddings as "bureaucratic civil ceremonies" and "pretty pointless ones," because monogamy's "not biologically natural"), Luke gifts Lorelai a chuppah. Luke, who are you trying to fool with those pessimistic airs? You're a romantic.
In the last few minutes of that episode, Luke delivers the present, coyly saying that he "had some time" to make the thing, even though this does not look like a quick project. The chuppah is intricate, adorned with "carvings, birds, and flowers" and "also a goat." Lorelai asks Luke, "What on earth inspired you to do this?" "You're getting married," he replies before getting a tad grouchy about the un-mowed lawn. (Max, unlike Luke, doesn't mow.)
In one of the top three greatest moments for the couple, Lorelai and Luke share some sentiments about marriage on the steps. She asks, "Did you mean all those things you said about marriage?" He replies, "I mean, I guess for some people marriage isn't the worst thing in the world. It's probably better than being hobbled." She inquires further about whether or not people can evolve together, and after noting that if you find the right person (i.e. one "who’s willing to put up with all your crap, and doesn’t want to change you or dress you or you know, make you eat French food"), Luke supposes that "marriage can be alright." It's this conversation, by the way, that prompts Lorelai to recognize Max is not the right person. I'd like to think that in this moment, on some level, Lorelai also recognizes Luke could be it instead.
So, maybe Luke and Lorelai aren't as happy as they thought they would be at this stage in their relationship during the revival. The important thing to remember is that they've always been able to evolve together. That's enough reason to not give up hope, and definitely enough reason to keep the chuppah out in the yard, standing strong. If nothing else, to serve as a reminder of just how far they've come.
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