“Gilmore Girls” fans have been waiting nearly 10 years for this. The show ended in 2007, but the mother/daughter dramedy is finally returning for a Netflix mini-series. Of course, Lorelai and Rory have changed over the last decade, and there are some changes fans should be prepared for. There are also some things that are very much the same. Check out what you should know about “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” before binge-watching on Friday.
1. Four Episodes — This isn’t a 22-episode season. “A Year in the Life” feature four episodes, one for each season, which are each 90 minutes long.
2. Richard Died — Edward Herrmann, who played the Gilmore patriarch, died in 2014, and rather than recasting him, the writers decided to deal with grief in the revival. The show picks up shortly after Richard’s death.
3. Emily and Lorelai — The fraught relationship between Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) will make some progress throughout the four episodes. “The healing that happens between Lorelai and Emily is such a long time coming,” Graham told TVLine. “And because Richard’s absence is such a big part of our story, it really meant a lot to me to grow their relationship a little bit. Not too much, but a little bit.”
4. Sookie Returns — Despite some reports to the contrary, Melissa McCarthy will return to the small screen for the “Gilmore Girls” revival. She’ll only be in one episode, but she and Lorelai have a long scene. Sookie is one of many, many Stars Hollow residents who will return.
5. Rory’s Boyfriends Return — Speaking of familiar faces, Rory will run into all of her former loves. Dean (Jared Padalecki) only has one scene, but Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan (Matt Czuchry) might have longer arcs.
6. Rory’s Career — Rory isn’t too worried about her love life right now. She’s actually more focused on her career. She has continued following a path in journalism, but it hasn’t exactly worked out for her. She finds herself living back at home.
7. Lorelai and Luke — These two are back together, but they still aren’t married. Not much is known about what to expect for this couple, but actor Scott Patterson likes their direction. “There’s a lot of ways you could have gone and I think they could have been equally effective, but I think they chose the right one, obviously,” he told the Hollywood Reporter.
8. The Final Four Words — Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has always known how the series should end. She has had the final four words in her mind for years, but when the series finale came in 2007, she was no longer with the show. She left after Season 6 due to creative differences with the network. The revival brought her back to shape the ending of “Gilmore Girls” her way. Viewers will finally know the final four words (but binge-watchers should remember to keep the surprise quiet).
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” hits Netflix Friday, Nov. 25.