Gilmore Girls: How Reese Witherspoon's Wild Prompted Lorelai Gilmore to Make THAT Big Decision About Luke
SPOILER WARNING: For those who haven’t watched Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, plot details will be revealed below.
They finally tied the knot!
Gilmore Girls fans breathed a big, unanimous sigh of relief at the wrap of the Netflix revival A Year in the Life when Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) said “I do” in the center of Stars Hollow.
In the first of four episodes on the streaming service, audiences catch up with the couple, who has been going steady for the past nine years. Upon finding out that Michel and his husband are preparing to adopt a baby, Lorelai brings up the idea of having children with Luke, which prompts the couple to explore surrogacy.
Enter Paris Gellar (Liza Weil). Rory Gilmore’s (Alexis Bledel) longtime friend heads up Dynasty Makers, a fertility and service clinic that aid in a couple’s surrogacy journey. But upon visiting Paris’ office and learning about pregnancy options, Luke is turned off by the idea and says “no” to a baby, an idea that Lorelai thought would bring them closer thanks to her love of Hallmark movies.
Throughout the revival, audiences watch the Dragonfly Inn owner face numerous trials — the loss of her father, therapy with her mother, Sookie’s departure, Michel contemplating leaving his position at the Inn, arguments with both Luke and Rory — all while reading the book Wild, which was brought to the screen with Reese Witherspoon as its leading actress in 2014.
After completing the book, Lorelai decides to embark on a personal journey, telling Luke “it’s never or now,” and attempts to do the Pacific Crest Trail, just like Witherspoon trekked in the drama film.
Although the Gilmore Girls leading lady opts out of hiking the gruesome trail alone in the final episode, she discovers something while overlooking mountainous landscape on her journey to California: that she should marry Luke.
Upon returning home, Luke is convinced that Lorelai is set to leave him: “We made it here. We made it through all of that. You can’t leave, you just can’t leave,” he implores her — before she suggests the idea of marriage to him: “Luke, I think we should get married.”
Fast-forward three weeks, the couple decides to ditch the traditional wedding and do their nuptials the Luke and Lorelai way. Although the wedding is on calendar for Sunday morning, the favorite Gilmore Girls couple opt to take the pressure off and wed the night before with the help of the town minister and only their closest friends and family by their side: Rory, Lane, Kirk and Michel.
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is now streaming on Netflix.