Warning: This post contains spoilers about Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, so if you haven’t seen it, you’ve been warned!
I’ve spent so long waiting for for the Gilmore Girls revival that I’m actually quite sad that it was over in 6 short hours. What an emotional rollercoaster those 6 hours were though! There’s so much to talk about, so I’m just going to divide it all into categories.
Career-wise: We find Rory at 32 years old, with a college degree unable to find a steady job.“The whole journalism thing didn’t pan out the way I’d hoped.” When she said that line, Rory became more relatable than she’s ever been throughout the entire Gilmore Girls series. I do feel for her though – she knew what she wanted, she didn’t get it and now she’s lost, like so many college graduates of this generation. The fact that she took up the position of editor at the Stars Hollow Gazette was a blessing in disguise though, as that’s where Jess encouraged her to write about her relationship with her mother, which to be honest is something she should have thought of herself. We see her have some very real struggles with her career, she’s feeling uninspired, she doesn’t know where to go from here, she has no source of income – all things I can relate to.
Relationship-wise: The fact that she constantly forgets about her boyfriend (OF TWO YEARS!!!) and continues to sleep with Logan even though he is engaged to Odette really infuriated me. I know she’s going through a difficult period in her life, but does she not see how insane this is? Even after all these years, I’m still stuck in my decision over who was the best for Rory. Jess was the one who grew the most and became a better person, and he obviously still has feelings for Rory, hence the cute looking in the window at her scene! But Logan is the one Rory subconsciously calls when she’s upset, so that must mean something. We also see Rory’s relationship with her mother become strained for a while. It’s understandable why Lorelai wouldn’t want her life out there for the world to see when she spent so long trying to protect it, and Rory just can’t understand that. However, the two move past it, and that’s all that maters!
While all three Gilmore women deal with Richard’s death throughout the series (I would just ike to say that they honoured his memory amazingly), it is undoubtedly Emily that has had the toughest time. After 50 years of having a life with someone, she suddenly finds herself without the love of her life. Absolutely heartbreaking stuff! Emily goes through so much over the course of that year, from dealing with her grief to learning how to be alone and be comfortable in this new life of hers. Richard’s death has changed her – she has been able to keep a maid for over a year, she realises that DAR meetings don’t mean anything to her anymore, she opens her home to her maid’s ever-growing family and she discovers that the material aspects of life are not the most important. I’m so happy that Emily did realise that she wasn’t happy in a house she didn’t consider to be her home anymore, and instead moved in Nantucket, which holds a special place in her heart.
We really see Lorelai grow throughout these four episodes. First of all, she has been with Luke for 9 years, which is probably the longest relationship she’s been in I think. She also goes to therapy with her mother, reluctantly, but she still does it. And she tries to understand Emily and her ways, she really does, and she tries to be there for her mother as best as she can while they’re all still grieving. Her whole life has changed – Sookie has gone on sabattical, Michel wants to leave the inn, her father is dead and she got no closure, her daughters life is a mess and she tries to deal with it the only way she knows how – following pop culture and going on a hike to find herself. In true Lorelai style she doesn’t actually hike, but she does get the clarity she is looking for. That scene where she stands on top of the hill and tells her mother about her favourite memory of Richard was one of the best scenes of the series, in my opinion. So many emotions! She is the one to suggest marriage to Luke, which is a big step for her, and I just think the whole storyline between those two was amazing.
Lorelai and Luke
I really like how they were still together from the start of this series, there was no are they or aren’t they about it. Luke and Lorelai have been together since the show ended in 2007, they live together, they have a life together. Yet, like any other couple, they have their issues, but they still remain together because they love each other and because they are true partners. I think it was sweet of Lorelai to consider surrogacy because she thought that Luke missed out on having children, and it was hilarious that Luke couldn’t quite grasp how surrogacy actually worked. I love that he loves and considers Rory to be a little bit his, and it’s so unbelievably cute how proud Luke is of Rory! It’s also sweet how considerate he is of respecting Richard, and chooses to stand for dinner instead of eating at Richard’s place at the table. While the four episodes had many emotional moments throughout, it Luke begging Lorelai to not leave him that finally reduced me to tears. Considering he is a man that doesn’t really show how he’s feeling or speak of emotional issues that often, his speech just proves how much he loves Lorelai. Their wedding was absolutely perfect, cheesy but sweet and romantic at the same time. Also, that song.
While I do hope that we will get to see a second season of the mini-series, I do feel like the ending is almost perfect. Lorelai and Luke are stronger than ever, and they have the most perfect, beautiful pre-wedding wedding. Lorelai is going to expand the Dragonfly Inn using her fathers money, and Luke will happily continue on with his one diner franchise. Emily has moved to Nanucket, where she is learning to find joy in life again and her family will join her for three weeks out of the year. We also get the sense that everything is actually good between Emily and her daughter. Rory though… She is writing her book, but will it be successful? Will she tell the father of her child about her pregnancy? Will she do it alone, like Lorelai did? Will she stay in Stars Hollow? I acknowledge the fact that the newly pregnant Rory is now the same age Lorelai was the year Gilmore Girls started, making it a lovely ending to the series, but I need to know these answers!
I feel like we all need to say a massive thank you to Netflix for allowing this revival to happen (P.S. we need more episodes please), and also a massive thank you to Gilmore Girls fans who watched it before I did and didn’t spoil the last four words on me! Have you watched it? Let me know what you think!