This is not a drill — after we've enjoyed a turkey dinner, we have something seriously exciting to be thankful for because the Gilmore Girls revival hits Netflix on Nov. 25. I keep promising myself that I won't watch all four episodes at once, but who am I kidding? I've been waiting for this day since 2007 and one of my finest skills is the ability to keep my eyes open all night so I can watch a series from start to finish. So, not to get ahead of myself or anything, but will there be more Gilmore Girls episodes after the revival?
Based on the unprecedented frenzy of excitement surrounding the revival, it's safe to assume that A Year In The Life will be a huge success for Netflix — so it seems likely that the network would be on board for more episodes. But, Amy Sherman-Palladino and the cast will ultimately have the final say — and based on recent interviews, I'm hesitant to get my hopes up. Yanic Truesdale, who plays Michel, recently told Bustle that he'd be game to film more episodes if the opportunity arises — and that certainly provided a glimmer of hope for this Gilmore diehard. But sadly, the two title characters have indicated that A Year In The Life will be our final farewell to the beloved residents of Stars Hollow.
In April, Entertainment Weekly reported that those final four words may be somewhat of a cliffhanger, which naturally prompted a whole lot of speculation that A Year In The Life won't mark the last time we see the Gilmore clan. Daniel Palladino's response was vague and indicated that no final decisions have been made about the show's future after the revival airs:
“We just never say never.. It’s more difficult logistically than it would be for Amy and I to come up with stories... We don’t know if this is the ending because we never thought Gilmore Girls would come back in any form. But it’s a new world out there and there are new ways to experience things. Who knows?"
In the same article, Alexis Bledel was careful to not get our hopes up — she noted that she and the other cast members have many other projects in the works and that she would have to give future storylines serious consideration before signing on. "How many actors play the same character for so long?” she pointed out.
In a Nov. 15 interview with TVLine.com, Lauren Graham and Bledel indicated that A Year In The Life is most likely the end of the road for the Gilmore clan. Graham stated that she wants to go out on a high note — and the revival does just that:
“It was complete and utter — for me as an actor and a character — closure... I think [Alexis and I] both feel very proud of what we got to do.”
As much as I want as many episodes as possible, I certainly appreciate Graham's message that it's important to go out on a high note. After Sherman-Palladino left the series, many fans were dissatisfied and frustrated with the final season of Gilmore Girls — so the revival is the perfect opportunity to give the characters the send-off they deserve and rectify some of the Season 7 missteps.
As for the chatter of a cliffhanger, it could simply be a way to generate buzz — because pretty much every series finale leaves us with some unanswered questions. Graham pointed out in the same interview that somewhat like a horror movie, there's always the possibility that it could go on — but, I trust her judgement and I'd rather have my last Gilmore memories be ones of the high-quality show we know and love.
Of course, if those final four words are more of a cliffhanger than I'm expecting... you can bet I'll be starting a petition for a new season on Nov. 26.