For nine long years, fans of Gilmore Girls waited to hear the final four words Amy Sherman-Palladino had planned to end the series with — you know, before she and husband Daniel Palladino left at the end of Season 6. Thanks to Netflix, fans have now heard those words and they have been left wanting, needing, more Gilmore Girls in their lives. The Hollywood Reporter posed the question of whether or not there could be more Gilmore Girls episodes in the future to ASP, and her answer was a firm maybe. Take a deep breath, everyone. Sherman-Palladino told THR,
"We really had a very specific journey in our minds and we fulfilled the journey. So to us, this is the piece that we wanted to do. And the whole thought about, is there more, is there more, is there more — this has to go out into the universe now. We've got to put this to bed. And then whatever happens, happens."
For ASP, the story she always intended to tell is over. Spoilers ahead, proceed with caution. Rory and Lorelai have come full circle, with Rory poised to accept adulthood with all its flaws, as she embarks on the twin adventures of writing a book and raising a child. Meanwhile, Lorelai has found contentment in her personal life and renewed energy in her professional one. The ending looks like a question mark, because fans want to know all the answers about what happens now that Rory dropped a huge bombshell on her mother, but the finale could stand as a proper end, if it that's what ASP wants.
The beauty of the Netflix revival is it has expanded ASP's options. At the time she offered her take on the possibility of more Gilmore Girls, it sounds as if the episodes had yet to drop. Now they are out in the world, and the Gilmore Girls fever that has taken hold of the fans is showing no sign of abating. ASP ended the series on her own terms, but who's to say revisiting Stars Hollow did not inspire her to tell new stories about Rory, Lorelai, and Emily? Notice, ASP did not say no to more, she simply said wait and see.
Pulling all of the actors and producers together had to be a major undertaking, especially given how many of them are now in major demand — seriously, Melissa McCarthy, Liza Weil, and Milo Ventimiglia's schedules alone are nuts. While Kelly Bishop, Lauren Graham, and Alexis Bledel have yet to nab post-revival gigs, the big three won't remain unemployed for long after Hollywood sees what powerhouses they are yet again. As for ASP, she is hard at work on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel pilot for Amazon. Inspiration and availability will have to align if there is any hope of revisiting Gilmore Girls again in the future.
For his part, Scott Patterson remains optimistic that he has not donned Luke's blue baseball camp for the last time. "It's be nice to do it every year," Patterson told THR. "Maybe every two years, do a three-month thing, do four more chapters. It was easy to do. It was fun. It was really rewarding and people got a sense that if this was going to be the last thing that we now have some closure."
As a show about a family, the door to the Gilmore world never has to close. There will always be life changes to explore: married life, babies, career shifts, aging, town festivals, and everything else that comes with the messiness of being human. Netflix doesn't release ratings, but they have to be happy with the level of chatter they are seeing on social media about the revival and its instantly controversial ending. It may be quite some time before any official announcement is made one way or the other, but don't count Emily, Lorelai, and Rory out just yet.
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