Lorelai Gilmore won’t stop talking. Ever. It’s kind of her thing. She talks incessantly at a lightning-quick pace that can only be sustained by drinking multiple cups of coffee every day. At least she did … until season 7. Lauren Graham remembers the exact moment it happened. “I was in a scene in that seventh season and I thought, ‘Something feels so odd to me,’” Graham says. “And it was I was in a scene with two other people and I wasn’t talking. I thought, ‘I’ve never had this before.’” For Gilmore Girls fans, season 7 is essentially The Godfather Part III of the series: Some people defend it, but it doesn’t come close to touching the original. That all stems from the fact that Gilmore creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, along with executive producer Daniel Palladino, left the show after season 6 due to contract disputes. And Gilmore had to continue without its leaders for what would become its final season. (It was canceled after shooting wrapped.) With that cancellation, fans were forced to accept the season 7 finale — which featured Rory (Alexis Bledel) heading off to cover the Obama campaign and Lorelai rekindling her romance with Luke (Scott Patterson) — as the series ending. That is until Netflix came to the rescue.
On Friday, Nov. 25, Netflix will release Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a four-part revival that will take fans back inside Stars Hollow so Sherman-Palladino can finally end the show the way she always intended, down to the final four words that she’d first imagined in season 1 — words Matt Czuchry believes will cause a “heated debate” among fans. That ending comes packed full of familiar faces — Sookie! Paris! Paul Anka! — though its focus is on the one that’s missing. The revival kicks off with the funeral of Richard Gilmore (actor Edward Herrmann died in 2014) and follows the remaining Gilmores as they work through their grief over the next year. “It’s a story about women at crossroads in their lives,” Sherman-Palladino says. “It’s going to have more weight and more emotion, because there’s more time and when you’ve got time, you don’t have to truncate moments.”
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