It’s fair to say that the recent revival of Gilmore Girls was a success. The batch of new episodes generated a huge buzz, garnered a heap of big media headlines and the viewership for the Netflix original A Year in the Life even managed to surpass Marvel’s Luke Cage. Delivering four feature-length 90-minute episodes to fans, the world of Stars Hollow was brought to life once more after almost a decade away from the small screen.
At the back-end of 2016, it looked as if Netflix were beginning to tease even more new episodes of Gilmore Girls following the cliffhanger ending that we saw in A Year in the Life. The streaming platform posted a mocked-up image of a poster board in which Rory’s (Alexis Bledel) child would be searching for their biological father, not dissimilar to the one April (Vanessa Marano) made during the show’s sixth season to find out who her own parent was.
Whilst Bledel says no official talks about more episodes have yet taken place – “I haven’t heard anything. It hasn’t been a conversation as of yet.” – she isn’t completely against the idea of bringing more new episodes to fans at some point in the future. Speaking to reporters following a panel at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, where she discussed her upcoming Hulu drama The Handmaid’s Tale, she explained:
“We want to tell a great story. [A Year in the Life] came together so naturally in a way. We had the fan reunion in Austin and we picked up momentum from there and it came together so quickly and it really seemed like the right thing. I think most of us are just wanting to tell a good story and I think that came together in A Year in the Life. The only thing I can say about a future installment of the show is it would be about the story and certainly the timing.”
What those looking for another installment must remember, however, is series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s comments during a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, where she admitted these most-recent four episodes were “pitched as close-ended. We pitched it as: ‘This is the year in the life. This is the way it was ending’.” With talks not yet taking place, fans may be disappointed in being forced to come to terms with the Gilmore Girls series finally finding its conclusion.
In saying that, perhaps the air of mystery surrounding Rory’s pregnancy is something that should bring the series to a definitive end. For some, it certainly felt as if everybody’s on-screen story had come to an end by the time the final credits for A Year in the Life rolled, so those behind the show face the risk of being accused of stringing out storylines for far too long if Gilmore Girls does indeed make another return.
Despite everything that’s been said, there are plenty of cast-members who would jump at the opportunity to get involved with more Gilmore Girls. Comments of the sort Sherman-Palladino made can never be set in stone, so it looks as if we’re all going to have to wait and see if any big decisions are made in the near future.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter