Last fall, Gilmore Girls made its much-anticipated return to the small screen with Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life, a four-episode revival series from Netflix. The show picked up 10 years after its original finale, plummeting viewers back into the lives of beloved mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory and their treasured town of Stars Hollow.
The reboot was met with widespread acclaim and rampant, fast spurring buzz around a second season. Netflix teased more episodes only a month after A Year In the Life‘s debut, and in March, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confirmed preliminary talks had begun. Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has been insistent that A Year In the Life was a “very specific journey,” but she’s yet to shut down any season 2 potential. The cast, however, may have a different opinion.
As reported by TVLine, stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel made clear that they wouldn’t sign on to another batch of episodes just because there’s a demand for more; they want a purposeful narrative. As Graham said:
“If it all existed in a vacuum, I would play that character until my dying day… Now it’s become what could we do with this story that is satisfying, that is worth continuing. I don’t know if there is a need to do more. I wouldn’t want it to feel like we overstayed our welcome.”
Bledel concurred, reiterating her previous comments that it all depends on the story. “[It comes down to] what story we’re telling,” she said. “I’m just interested in telling a story that is dynamic and that I can hook into.”
While fans may be disappointed to hear that news, they’re fair points to make. Sherman-Palladino pitched the revival as “close-ended,” and despite the last-minute twist provided by those famous last four words, most loose ends were wrapped up nicely. Sherman-Palladino had exited Gilmore Girls before its seventh and final season, making A Year In the Life more a way of saying goodbye to a series that never got a proper send-off than the beginning of another fully fleshed out run.
That being said, the reboot certainly left room to work with, particularly when it comes to Rory’s pregnancy. The father’s identity was left intentionally in the air (though Logan is a clear frontrunner). A second season could explore how Rory decides to handle the situation, but the ending isn’t crying out for a follow-up, either. So really, Graham and Bledel are spot-on. If there’s more to story to tell, they’ll tell it, but A Year In the Life stands just as well on its own.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is available on Netflix.