Forget Black Friday shopping, the “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” is coming to Netflix on Nov. 25. Fans of the series have waited 10 long years for this to happen and are anxious to catch up with Lorelai and Rory Gilmore.
“Gilmore Girls” ended in 2007, after seven seasons on The CW. The final season was 22 episodes long and ended with Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham) Gilmore preparing to embark on very separate, but equally exciting, new journeys.
While Rory poured over job applications in “Bon Voyage,” her mother was busy planning a graduation party before leaving for a cross country road trip. After filling out dozens of applications, Rory landed an interview. She arrived to her grandparent’s for her weekly Friday dinner and excitedly announced that she’d been selected to cover Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. The catch? She had to be ready to leave in just three days time.
Before heading out to begin her journalism career, she and Lorelai grabbed one final breakfast at Luke’s Diner. The mother-daughter duo decided last minute that despite the buzz around Stars Hollow about Rory’s party, it would be best to cancel. While neither Rory nor Lorelai felt there was time for the big bash, Luke (Scott Patterson) had other plans. He and Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) decided to plan a surprise party for Rory instead and hoped that would alleviate the stress on Rory and Lorelai.
While the town worked to plan the graduation surprise, Rory was busy saying her final goodbyes. She started with best friend Lane (Keiko Agena) before she headed home to spend time with her mom/gal pal. While they bonded together, Rory and Lorelai got into a discussion about her departure. Lorelai admitted to her daughter, for the first time, that she wasn’t comfortable with her leaving. She expressed to Rory her feeling that she was leaving too soon, but there was no changing her mind.
The next day Lorelai prepared to send Rory on her way. As they drove through town they were greeted by the masses, who worked hard to put together her surprise send off. Before long Emily (Kelly Bishop) and Richard (Edward Herrmann) arrived, and finally expressed just how proud they were of both Rory and Lorelai. Richard called his daughter “remarkable” for having done such a good job raising Rory. She and her parents made plans to continue their Friday night dinners in Rory’s absence.
During the party Sookie revealed to Lorelai that it was Luke who organized the event. She made sure to thank him, at which time they shared a sweet moment. The diner owner revealed that it had always been his goal to see Lorelai “happy,” and the two kissed.
The “Gilmore Girls” Netflix revival will be just four episodes long. Each episode will be 90 minutes and is named after the four seasons. It is not entirely clear which direction creator Amy Sherman-Palladino plans to go with the reboot, but it appears as though very little has changed in nearly a decade.
In an interview with TVLine, Graham said that Lorelai and her mother Emily’s relationship will have progressed some since “Gilmore Girls” went off the air, but there will be plenty of snark between the two. She told the publication that a lot of necessary “healing” took place between them, which was made that much more special in Herrmann’s absence.
“The healing that happens between Lorelai and Emily is such a long time coming,” Graham said. “And because Richard’s absence is such a big part of our story it really meant a lot to me to grow their relationship.”
Additionally, Rory will remain as focused on her career as she was when the show ended in Season 7. She will still be working as a journalist, though it seems that things have taken a downturn for her since last “Gilmore Girls” fans saw her. With her career at an all-time low, Rory finds herself back in Stars Hollow. It is unclear if she’ll have a boyfriend or husband in the Netflix revival, but both Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan (Matt Czuchry) will be featured in some capacity.
Be sure to start streaming “Gilmore Girls” on Netflix Friday, Nov. 25.