Unpopular opinion time: we don’t need any more episodes of Gilmore Girls.
I know what you’re thinking. Why wouldn’t we need more episodes? How could we not want to continue what the revival series started and lose ourselves in the joy that is Stars Hollow a little more?
To be honest, there’s a part of me that feels the same way. There’s a part of me that feels elated by the idea of letting Gilmore Girls go on for several more years, which, according to TV Line, is becoming a very real possibility. Netflix wants it to happen, and even Amy Sherman-Palladino herself has said she wouldn’t necessarily say no to more episodes.
Gilmore Girls is a show that I’ve watched and re-watched more times than I could count, and there’s a reason for that. It’s comforting television. There are no car crashes, explosions, or sudden deaths. It’s charming and witty, it’s easy to watch, and it’s fun.
I could never get tired of Rory and Lorelai’s banter, and if you shoved more new episodes in my face, I’d watch them. I’d curl up under a blanket with some junk food, and I’d lose myself in the world of the Gilmores all over again. I’d likely go through another box of tissues (from tears of joy, mostly) in the process.
But there’s a problem with the possibility of more episodes.
The reason the news of the revival series was so exciting was because it was finally an opportunity to get the ending we deserved. It was a chance to right a wrong and end on a high-note rather than the awkward and unfinished seventh season we were handed years ago.
And it was a chance to allow Amy Sherman-Palladino to end the series she created and to end it in the way she always intended.
We’d finally get to hear those final four words.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life does exactly that, and we received what was, in my opinion, a perfectly satisfying ending. But even if you disagree, even if you hated the ending and the entire revival series, it is still the closest thing to the “right” ending that we were ever going to get.
That ending includes the wedding we thought we may never get to see, and even that is done so thoughtfully that it features the same song Lorelai and Luke danced to at Liz and T.J.’s wedding.
For me, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is satisfying not only because the ending is what was always intended (and gives us the wedding), but because it offers closure for each main character while also opening up new journeys — new chapters.
Those final four words bring everything full circle in a powerful way. The best finales are the ones that don’t just tie everything up perfectly with a bow, but instead leave you with some closure while also giving you an idea of where everyone is heading.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life does both of those things, and to continue that story afterward would taint that ending.
The other thing that makes the revival so special is that it’s a celebration of the original series, playing on nostalgia and bringing in as many characters as possible.
It honors the memory of Richard Gilmore (and Edward Herrman), and nothing could be more perfect than watching Rory sit down to write her book in her grandfather’s study.
Special guests make surprise cameos throughout the four episodes (actors from Parenthood as well as ASP’s Bunheads, just to name a few), Rory returns to Chilton where she and Paris have a run-in with Francine, and we finally get answers regarding Michel’s sexuality.
Heck, we even get a *glimpse* of the elusive Mr. Kim!
The revival series itself was an event, and there were even national events, including Luke’s Diner pop ups all over the country. It all felt like a very special, one-time thing.
To continue the story would certainly be possible. We could find out how Rory deals with being pregnant, we could watch Lorelai and Michel expand the inn, and we could see what Emily’s life becomes in Nantucket.
If I’m being really honest with myself, I’d be curious to see what happens next in the Gilmores’ lives. I’d even like the chance to celebrate the show in this way once again.
But because this is a story that could go on and on, it’s important to know when to stop. A second revival series would feel much less like a celebratory event than it would like we were beating a dead horse.
What do you think? Do you want more episodes of Gilmore Girls, or is it time to let it go? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is currently available for streaming on Netflix.
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