It’s the return that has us reeling.
After nine years, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) return to the familiar Stars Hollow gazebo and cozy Luke’s coffee shop for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but the characters’ paths there couldn’t be more different.
“For each character who’s living in a different decade, it’s sort of the the quintessential question: What does one face at this age?” Graham tells Entertainment Weekly.
For all three Gilmore women — including Kelly Bishop’s Emily — a new decade means a new chapter for their characters, who are all coping with the passing of Richard Gilmore, played by Edward Herrmann, who passed of brain cancer in 2014.
“Everybody in real life and on the show is dealing with the loss of Ed, with Richard,” shares Graham, 49. “I think it raises a question for the three women for sure, sort of encourages their journey of what next.”
“[Rory] is in a career place, I’m sort of in a midlife crisis and I would say Emily, my mom — how can she move on from this loss?” she adds.
In the beloved show’s reprise, Bledel’s Rory has been working as dedicated journalist, but the passing of her grandfather brings her back to her roots and to her mother and grandmother. Despite years apart, on the show and in real life, Bledel and Graham still manage to finish each other’s sentences.
“That’s where we pick up,” explains Bledel, 35. “It’s still a small town where you can get away, there isn’t too much influence of …”
“Pokemon Go!” finishes Graham.
For the cast, coming back to Stars Hollow was a return to the familiar — but also its own different challenge.
“Stages are the same, yet they’re different. We are the same, yet we’re different,” says Graham. “Now the challenge is to give people everything they want, which we hope is possible.”
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres Nov. 25 on Netflix.