“Gilmore Girls” fans were in for a treat Wednesday (July 27) when Netflix released a first look at the upcoming four-part revival, featuring Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) having a patented mother-daughter chat in the kitchen of their Stars Hollow home.
In speaking with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino at the 2016 TCA summer press tour, Zap2it found out just where the series picks up with its three Gilmore women and if there’s a chance the series could continue on Netflix.
When “Gilmore Girls” aired its final season on The WB, Sherman-Palladino was famously not a part of Season 7 — and she says she hasn’t gone back and watched it in preparation for the revival.
“I just asked my friends who watched it. I literally called my friends who had watched it and I said, ‘Listen, I’m thinking of doing this. What steps on it?’ and luckily nothing we were thinking of doing they had dealt with in the [seventh season] — like one thing was the only thing I wish … I’m not going to tell you. It’s the only thing where I was kind of like, ‘Well, OK, I’ll go a different way.’ But just about all the big themes, nothing had been touched … Where we needed to go, we didn’t need to go back and watch the seventh season. Nothing against the seventh season.”
This means that Sherman-Palladino was able to pick up with the Gilmores the way she wanted to, which tells three very different stories about three women at different points in their lives.
“[The revival is] a story about three women at a crossroads in each one of their lives,” says Sherman-Palladino. “What does the death of a husband mean to a woman who had a life very specific to her all these years and where does she go from there? And a very single, independent woman who has had guards up her whole life to protect her daughter and protect herself suddenly is wondering, ‘Where am I now? Where’s my path?'”
“With Alexis, we got to play into this idea of you hit 30-something, you did everything right, you went to college, you got the good grades … and somehow life isn’t turning out the way you want it to turn out,” she continues. “Because the world is changing now, that is something a lot of 30-something, very well educated kids are going through because they’re going, ‘I did it, I did the homework, I did the finals, I know the shit, why am I not getting where I need to go?’ So it’s more about that.”
Sherman-Palladino isn’t divulging too many details past that, but she does say, “I’m very pleased with all four of [the episodes], I feel like we accomplished what we set out to do.”
When Zap2it presses to find out if the show could continue past these first four episodes, Sherman-Palladino says, “There’s always room for story in life, but we did not set this up to say, ‘Hey, we’re coming back next year!’ We did the journey we wanted to do. But again, family is family — you never fix your shit.”