Lauren Graham thinks more Gilmore Girls is risky. Fans have been calling for more episodes of the show since November, when a much-anticipated revival of the beloved mother-daughter dramedy arrived on Netflix. It picked up 10 years after the series finale, following the Gilmore family throughout the course of one calendar year. For many viewers, it was a chance at a final, proper ending, as creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had exited the show before its seventh and last season, but it also sparked a large demand for more story.
Since then, the Gilmore Girls team has addressed the idea of doing another season. Sherman-Palladino has said that the revival was meant to be a standalone effort, but left the door open to possibility, while Graham and co-star Alexis Bledel have been more wary about whether or not the narrative warrants more episodes. In March, Netflix's Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, confirmed preliminary talks around a Gilmore Girls revival season 2 had begun, but no updates have been provided since.
Now, in an interview with IndieWire, Graham has further questioned the necessity of revisiting the world of Stars Hollow. She explained that while she loves the show, continuing it for the sake of enjoyment runs the risk of disappointment. As she told the outlet:
“Just as an experience, it was kind of perfect. I always said, while we were doing it, that I couldn’t see more episodes in that form. Five years from now do you have A Very Gilmore Christmas? Maybe, but there’s no reason anymore except enjoyment. And, actually, I think there’s far more risk to continue — you run the risk of disappointing people.”
Graham also noted that she wasn't completely closing that chapter, but that she was satisfied with where they left things as a stopping point in the first season of the Gilmore Girls revival.
Her comments may be disappointing to fans, but it's hard to contest her reasoning. Much of the drive behind the revival was due to season 7 being rather unsatisfactory against the larger scope of the show, and pushing for more without having a clear, focused, and fully realized vision would only leave all things Gilmore Girls-related on yet another sour note.
Moreover, while the cliffhanger reveal that Rory is pregnant did leave the plot open-ended, it seemed more about bringing Gilmore Girls full circle than setting up another potential season. There have been plenty of TV series that trailed on past their prime, and moving on when the timing is right is ultimately better than having a longer, but less fulfilling run.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is available on Netflix.