Nearly a decade after its original series finale, Gilmore Girls got a second chance on screen via its November Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life. The mini-series unfolded over four 90-minute episodes - one for each of the year’s four seasons - reuniting fans with the zany, small town world of Stars Hollow, Connecticut.
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had exited the show before its seventh and final season, making the reboot a chance to see how she initially envisioned Gilmore Girls’ last goodbye. That included the near-mythologized final four words, in which Rory (Alexis Bledel) revealed she was pregnant without explaining the identity of the father. The unexpected cliffhanger left many viewers to wonder if there was a shot at yet another batch of episodes - a possibility Sherman-Palladino and crew didn’t entirely rule out.
Now, Netflix has stirred the pot with a mysterious tweet posted to the company’s official Twitter account. “Where’s an eighth grade science fair when you need one?” it reads alongside a mock-up poster board with images of Rory’s potential baby daddies: her ex-boyfriends, Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) and Paul (Jack Carpenter), as well as “A Guy Dressed In A Wookiee Costume,” an unidentified man Rory slept with while out reporting a story. It’s a reference to the same experiment April (Vanessa Marano) conducted in season 6 to pinpoint Luke (Scott Patterson) as her biological dad.
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 28, 2016
Fans have since speculated that the tweet could indicate more answers are on the way in the form of another chapter. It’s far from definitive, but Rory doing a makeshift DNA test to find the father of her baby would actually make some sense. A Year In The Life frequently called back to the original show, and its narrative was very cyclical in scope. When the revival picked up, Rory was 32 - the same age Lorelai was when Gilmore Girls began. Her major announcement also set her up to quite literally follow in her mother’s footsteps: The assumed father of Rory’s child is Logan, as he was the one she was most regularly sleeping with, and Sherman-Palladino has confirmed that Logan is Rory’s version of Christopher (David Sutcliffe).
Still, the tweet could just as easily be a flippant one-off. The Palladinos have remained intentionally coy about the possibility of more episodes, saying things like “never say never” and “whatever happens, happens.” Judging by demand, more Gilmore Girls could be a very real possibility. The 2000s dramedy was already a beloved title before it reemerged, and the buzz surrounding its revival was astonishing. At the same time, the four new episodes were a very special and specific project, and perhaps it’s best to leave well enough alone. For now, only time will tell whether or not we’ve seen the last of Stars Hollow.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life season 1 is available on Netflix.