More 'Gilmore Girls' Episodes Would Give Rory A Chance To Grow & That's Why We Need Them
Let's be honest about this. Ever since those long-awaited final four words of Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life finally happened, we've all been desperately yearning for more from the show. So, naturally, the news that new episodes of the Gilmore Girls revival may be on their way has spun fans into a rabid frenzy. Speaking to Cosmopolitan, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that the streaming service is looking into the possibility of more Gilmore Girls episodes, but that talks are still in the "very preliminary" stage. But, preliminary or not, my heart is already lunging all over the possibility, while my brain has begun to feverishly wonder how the new Gilmore Girl episodes will portray Rory.
After all, with A Year In The Life, fans were tantalized with the idea that the revival would deliver some sort of closure. And, in many ways, it did. For instance, it provided Luke and Lorelai with a satisfying romantic ending, said goodbye to Richard Gilmore (and the late Edward Herrman), and gave fans a glimpse of what modern day Stars Hollow looks like (apparently, the whole town just loves musicals. Who knew?).
But then there was Rory's storyline, which was less than satisfying. In fact, when you couple how unlikable Rory was in A Year In The Life to many fans with the fact that her story line ended the entire mini-series with the jaw-dropping revelation that Rory is pregnant, it's clear that there's a great deal about the character that we don't quite understand yet. And, with that in mind, new episodes could provide Rory with the perfect opportunity to grow in a manner that could be truly satisfying.
Fans will naturally want to know who the Father of Rory's baby is (it's totally Logan, right?). They'll also be dying to see whether or not Rory will forge on as a single mother just like Lorelai did, as A Year In The Life appeared to hint at. However, as a massive fan of the show, I can't help but feel that Rory's actual character is something that fans also need some resolution for. Because, damn, that woman needs to work on herself.
From continuing an unhealthy relationship with a soon-to-be-married man (Logan) to arrogantly thinking she's entitled to a world-class career on the basis of one New York Times article, Rory's behavior in A Year In The Life felt like one continuous face palm. And, sure, there are plenty of women in their '20s and '30s currently facing a similar millennial meltdown over how to navigate through less than simple career trajectories and life options. But the way in which Rory was portrayed as dealing with those issues in A Year In The Life felt evasive and entitled, with the character never feeling as though she was satisfyingly or constructively facing up to her problems and solving them.
Though A Year In The Life showed various characters in a state of change, we saw positive outcomes for nearly all of them — except for Rory. It was frustrating to see Lorelai, Emily, Luke, and even Michel, dealing with massive life changes, figuring out ways to move forward and be happy, while Rory just seemed to be stuck. As a result, we didn't get to enjoy a resolution for Rory. Instead, we were given an emotional finale, cut off at the most pivotal moment.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Amy Sherman-Palladino defended how unlikeable Rory is in the revival, in a way that makes sense for the future of her character:
"She was in denial about what her career was, in denial that her living situation was less than delightful and in denial about what her romantic life was. Some people go through times in their lives when they don't make the best choices. It doesn't mean they're bad people, it just means that's a particularly weird time that they're going through and later on, when they're old, they can sit there and go, 'Wow, I was kind of a dick for those six months.'"
Which I can definitely relate to, and get on board with. If and when more Gilmore Girls episodes do manage to get made, I sincerely hope that Rory's reflecting on her past behavior and working to moving beyond it. That's the closure that fans need. Though the pregnancy story line is obviously a big one, and something that fans will be vying for answers about, it's Rory's capability to mature and become a better person that fans truly deserve closure on.