I know fans of Gilmore Girls are excited to see if Luke and Lorelai ever get married, who Rory ends up with, and whether or not Lane's dad exists. However, Emily's ending in Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life was one of the most touching and memorable in the revival series, so let's take a moment to celebrate what happened to the eldest Gilmore. There are spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life ahead, so don't show up to Friday night dinner unless you're really ready to have it.
During the season, Emily's journey was one of re-discovery and reflection. She's a widow now with whole families of staff running around the house, and had yet another falling out with Lorelai at Richard's funeral. The two of them start seeing a therapist, played by Kerry Butler. As Emily started to define herself, it became clear that she needed to make some big changes — and not just changes like wearing jeans and living life by Marie Condo's rules.
That included moving to Nantucket, selling the Gilmore house, and quitting the Daughters of the American Revolution. She also got a job at a whaling museum. It's an odd choice, and not exactly like the Emily we know, but fitting. While she wasn't present at Luke and Lorelai's lowkey midnight wedding, she seemed perfectly happy in her new coastal home.
We also got to hear Emily curse multiple times at the DAR meeting before quitting. Amazing! Finally, when Lorelai asked to use Richard's franchise money to fund an annex to the Dragonfly Inn, Emily set up the new Nantucket version of Friday night dinners. Luke and Lorelai have to visit multiple times a year. It wouldn't be Gilmore Girls without family time being used as collateral. Emily and Lorelai had some of the best scenes in the Netflix revival, right down to the end. However, when all is said and done, they are individual people. Emily never had with her daughter what Lorelai had with Rory, and that's fine. At least the revival ended with them in positive places, both as a relationship and in their own lives.
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