Last year was wonderfully, deliciously nostalgic as the “Gilmore Girls” came back after nearly a decade’s absence. The revival season of the popular show was a surefire winner on Netflix, with fans soon clamoring for a second season of “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.” However, that 4-part revival season did such a wonderful job of tying up all the loose ends that have been lingering for what seems forever, that we simply don’t need another “Gilmore Girls” revival season. Here are five reasons why.
Reason #1: We finally got the closure we wanted for so long
For years, fans had been asking the show’s creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino, to tie up all the loose ends. They wanted to know what eventually happened to Lorelai (played by Lauren Graham) and Rory (played by Alexis Bledel), and they wanted to know what happened to all the residents of Stars Hollow. Well, “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” delivered all that we wanted and more.
In that one season of four 90-minute installments, Sherman-Palladino created wonderful storylines for each of the characters. We found out what happened to Luke, Sookie and Taylor. And most of all, we found out what happened to Rory. There were moments for her to get closure with each of her former boyfriends, and for us to see how the relationship between Lorelai and Rory developed.
Reason #2: There was simply no better way to end a show forever
Fans of “Gilmore Girls” will never forget those final four words that ended the “Gilmore Girls” revival season: “Mom? Yeah? I’m pregnant.” That has to be the best ending ever for a show. Better than the finale of “Cheers,” or “Friends” or “The Sopranos” or any of the most cherished shows on TV.
With those four words, Sherman-Palladino both closed the door to the show forever, and yet gave fans enough to come up with their fan theories of who might have made Rory pregnant, and what it really all means. It’s like the ending of a really great novel – you want a certain amount of closure, but you also want enough creative freedom to make the characters your own. And that’s what the “Gilmore Girls” revival season did.
Reason #3: Even the actresses aren’t sure they want another revival season
If the two lead actresses – Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel – aren’t sure they want to come back for a second revival season, shouldn’t that be a clue to fans? After so much talk and speculation about a second season, Lauren Graham came out and said, “I don’t know if there is a need to do more.” And, echoing this sentiment, Alexis Bledel said that her involvement would be conditional – only if she fully buys into “what story [they’re] telling.” In other words, both of these wonderful actresses recognize that this one Netflix season was enough. They put their hearts and souls into those roles. Could we really bear to see two other actresses in these lead roles?
Reason #4: It’s important not to overdo the nostalgia
For all the people who grew up watching “Gilmore Girls,” it was such a wonderful gift to get another season after such a long absence. But it is possible to overdo the nostalgia, and try to reboot an old series too many times. There are some memories that are better left the way they are. We will always remember “Gilmore Girls” in our own special way, and treasure all those special moments. We can always re-watch the original series or the revival season, the way we do with all of our favorite film and TV classics.
Reason #5: The revival season was almost a jarring jolt of reality
For many “Gilmore Girls” fans, it was bittersweet to find out what happened to Rory. She was no longer the over-achieving superstar. Instead, it was as if reality finally caught up to her. When the revival season ended, she was 32 and alone in the world. She didn’t have a real job or career, and she didn’t have her romantic life figured out. In fact, it looked like she would need to raise her child alone and become a single mom. This was really just too much reality for us to handle. That first revival season almost took things too far.
Reason #6: It’s time to retire the iconic Stars Hollow forever
When we think back to all the iconic destinations in TV, we’ll always have Stars Hollow. It was such a magical place in the original “Gilmore Girls.” However, in the revival season, it was clear that we’ve almost outgrown Stars Hollow. It was great to see all the new diversity (the first LGBT character!) in Stars Hollow, and to see how many of the characters who populated this fictional location evolved over the years. But now it’s been a decade. It’s time to retire Stars Hollow forever.
Reason #7: Another revival season would make us all feel even older than we are
That first revival season was just the right size – four episodes, for each season of the year. It was a perfect length to develop a few storylines and bring everything to a close. And that’s what closure is all about. We found out how everything ended. Adding another season would just make us feel older. We don’t want to see the beautiful Rory get older! We don’t want to see our favorite characters pass away or move onto other projects. The four seasons of the year was a perfect way to capture the cyclical nature of life. There’s no need to over do this.
Even super-fans of “Gilmore Girls” and “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” would probably admit that there’s not much left to tell in another season. Seeing Rory as a middle-aged young mom would probably make us all more depressed. We couldn’t bear to see any of our favorite characters age any more.
We should be thankful that we had such a wonderful experience, and that we finally found out how everything ended. We got so many of our questions answered, and we learned all there was to know about Stars Hollow. We got treated to a bonus season. Let’s not be greedy. We don’t need another “Gilmore Girls” revival season.