Lauren Graham Thinks More 'Gilmore Girls' Is Risky, But Offers A Perfectly Festive Alternative
For the many fans who have devoted years to the Gilmore family, Stars Hollow is like home, and I can't imagine anyone wanting to be told they can never go home again. Still, after a successful revival, Lauren Graham thinks making more Gilmore Girls is a risk — and she's right. Whether you loved Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life or you wish you had never heard those mythical final four words, you have to agree that the story was at least finally given a true sense of closure.
In an in-depth interview with IndieWire, the actor revealed why she is fine with not continuing Lorelai and Rory's story. Graham said,
"Just as an experience, it was kind of perfect. I always said, while we were doing it, that I couldn't see more episodes in that form. Five years from now do you have 'A Very Gilmore Christmas?' Maybe, but there's no reason anymore except enjoyment. And, actually, I think there's far more risk to continue — you run the risk of disappointing people."
While some saw Rory's pregnancy as a loose-end or even a cliffhanger, emotionally, the characters that fans loved finally found a way to let go of the past. By the time Lorelai and Luke had their long-awaited wedding night, there was a sense that each generation of the Gilmore women had started the next chapter in their lives. It's only natural to want to see those chapters play out on-screen, but it's certainly not necessary, in my humble opinion.
Graham makes an excellent suggestion for a different kind of reunion, though — a Gilmore Girls Christmas special. She's right in saying that the only real reason to get the gang back together again is enjoyment, and there are few things more enjoyable than a one-off Christmas movie. Imagine how wonderful it could be to return to Stars Hollow simply for the pleasure of it.
Luke and Lorelai's house would be blanketed with snow, the tree would be trimmed, and Paul Anka would improbably still be alive. For once, Lorelai would be tasked with the job of being the Christmas hostess as Rory, her grandchild, Luke's family, Emily, and, of course, Kirk, all descended on her home. There would be no deep emotional wounds in need of healing with long monologues about pretzels, just a warm family reunion, and maybe, at long last, Rory and Jess would share a kiss beneath the mistletoe. It would be totally unnecessary, but the perfect final gift for Gilmore Girls devotees.
Given the weight of the finale and the ways in which it dealt with grief, life transitions, and the complicated relationships that exist between Lorelai, Rory, and Emily, asking for a full-blown followup will no doubt lead to the disappointment Graham fears. Gilmore Girls told a story that is complete, and to be honest, if series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino decides to return to the show's world again, I would much rather have a lighthearted holiday outing in Stars Hollow than another year-long exploration of the characters' lives.
After all, the revival was the main course fans have been longing for, if anything is ever going to come next it might as well be a dessert as light and sinfully good as the Pop-Tarts Lorelai and Rory can't get enough of.