Those are the words that came out of my mouth at the end of the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revival. Soon followed by a mixture of “NOOOOOOO” and “What, what, what, what…It CAN’T end like this!” It is safe to say that I am still in deep denial.
I grew up watching Gilmore Girls, and I can honestly say that the incredible women in this show shaped who I am today. I learned how to be an independent woman from Lorelai, I learned to embrace a love for learning from Rory, and I learned to stay strong through life’s challenges from Emily. Gilmore Girls taught me that men don’t define us, and we can and will be great with or without a man in our life. This show taught me to value our gal pals and cherish our forever friends, and that is something that I will take with me for the rest of my life.
Don’t get me wrong, I thought the revival was amazing, beautiful, and well done. I greatly enjoyed seeing my favorite characters brought back to life and feeling the emotions I felt 9 years ago when the show ended. My heart smiled and melted, I laughed hearing Lorelai’s endless commentary, but mostly I cried. Tears of sadness whenever we dealt with Richard Gilmore’s passing and Emily’s struggle to find herself, tears of heartbreak when I could feel the pressure on Lorelai and Luke to move forward in their relationship, tears of happiness when Luke poured his heart out saying everything a woman wants to hear from a man, and finally – tears of happiness when Luke and Lorelai finally got married.
I was deeply perplexed however, by how out of character Rory was throughout the revival. She had always been the “girlfriend girl” and the “relationship type,” yet she was involved in an affair with her past college beau, who I might add is ENGAGED. Not to mention that at the same time she was in a two-year relationship with some forgettable man named Paul, AND had a one-night stand with a guy dressed in a Wookie costume. Quite a contrast from the Rory I grew up watching. It was nice to see all of Rory’s past loves from the series… but really, #TeamJess or #TeamLogan? Looks like #TeamDean will have to be put to rest.
This revival brought me much needed closure in some ways, but not completely. I got the closure I needed concerning Luke and Lorelai and their crazy and beautiful relationship. I remember feeling a piece of me missing when the show ended 9 years ago, and Luke and Lorelai were only implied to be together at the end. It was not enough for little old me! I wanted my favorite couple to have their happily ever after, and my heart is so happy that they finally did this time around. Well done, Amy Sherman-Palladino, well done.
But… WHY must we all be left with such a cliffhanger?! Who is the father? It must be Logan right? The one-night stand with the Wookie happened way back in the “Spring” episode, so it can’t be him. Similar to what many Gilmore Girl fans are saying, I think the baby daddy is Logan. This is a parallel to Lorelai’s love triangle with Christopher and Luke. Logan is Christopher, and Jess is Luke. From that loving and longing look Jess had looking at Rory through the window, we know he is not over her.
If this is the case, it makes sense why the writers chose to end the revival this way. As a foreshadowing by Lorelai in the first revival episode (“Winter”) and in the last episode (“Fall”), she mentions that they have come “full freaking circle.” While this was more about her relationship with Emily, this completely applies to the show and the many relationships and friendships within it.
All in all, the revival was done beautifully. I felt the “feels” the whole time. I laughed, I cried, and I was left wanting more. So please Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino, for all of us Gilmore Girls fanatics… more episodes please?
Where the Gilmore Girls lead, I will follow.
P.S. This sweatshirt is incredibly comfortable and so cute! It definitely added to my Gilmore Girls midnight marathoning. Comment if you’d like to know where I got it from. Highly recommend!
If anyone felt the way I did about the revival or wants to talk about it, please don’t hesitate! It is safe to say that my GG obsession has resurfaced and will be here to stay.