If you're a fan of shows boasting a Stars Hollow postal code, the latest news was cause for celebration. There may be even more Gilmore Girls Netflix episodes headed your way. But this raises one obvious question. Will Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham be in those new Gilmore Girls episodes? According to Cosmopolitan, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed that they were in talks with the show's creators to bring even more episodes to viewers, and, according to the Press Association, he stated "We obviously loved the success of the show, fans loved how well it was done, it delivered what they hoped." However, what would Gilmore Girls be without Rory and Lorelai Gilmore?
Well, just a bunch of adorably eccentric minor characters hanging out with each other and drinking coffee, that's what. Sure, this also sounds great (Miss Patty for lead!), but, facing facts, it would be an entirely different show. No, this news requires a deep dive into each actor's upcoming engagements.
So how booked out does Bledel's dance card look these days? She's currently promoting her appearance in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale (which drops in April) in which she plays Ofglen, the Handmaid assigned to Commander Glen. It's one of the lead roles.
Obviously, it remains to be seen how much of a commitment this is once the series drops; if it's wildly popular with audiences, would Hulu (with author Margaret Atwood's blessing) extend the series beyond the confines of the novel of the same name it's adapting and film a second season? Quite possibly.
Spoilers ahead. However, if you've read the novel, you'll know that Bledel's character doesn't survive the length of the book. Given how painful and significant her death is, it seems unlikely Hulu would alter this moment in the book in their adaptation, suggesting Bledel will only appear in this first season. Besides which, the actor certainly hasn't ruled out making further Gilmore Girls episodes. While promoting the Hulu series in January, she also mentioned the new Gilmore Girls episodes and stated:
"The only thing I can say about a future installment of the show would be that it would be about the story and certainly the timing. We want to tell a great story."
Sure, that's not the resounding, hell yeah you've been hoping for. But it also suggests she's definitely open to further work on the series.
Lauren Graham's case is a little trickier. She has signed on to headline a new Fox series Linda From HR, in which she plays the titular Linda, an office worker who makes one bad decision that throws her entire (formerly mundane) life into a spin. However, Variety speculates that this doesn't necessarily rule out Graham from continuing to shoot further Gilmore Girls episodes, should Netflix commission them, because "many in-demand actors nowadays appear in numerous projects across different platforms."
We live in an imperfect world with an imperfectly low number of Gilmore Girls episodes available to us. I know it ran for seven seasons (plus the Netflix revival), but any finite figure has to be too few, surely? But while both Graham and Bledel's schedules look complicated, it also doesn't look impossible for them to schedule in some further shooting time with Netflix this year. So here's hoping the four episodes were our appetizer for the Gilmore Girls Netflix feast to come.