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Why We Want a “Gilmore Girls” Reunion, Jess and Logan Need Not Apply

Lauren Graham’s Reddit AMA has launched a thousand shipper hearts ready for a Gilmore Girls Movie.

Graham has been dating "Parenthood" co-star, Peter Krause for four years now.
Graham has been dating “Parenthood” co-star, Peter Krause for the last four years.

Lauren Graham has been busy since wrapping Gilmore Girls back in 2007. A regular on NBC’s Parenthood, a New York Times Bestselling Author for her debut novel Someday, Someday Maybe”, and an executive producer alongside Ellen Degeneres for the CW pilot adaptation of her novel (we’re still waiting to see if it gets picked up). In honor of her book’s recent release in paperback, Graham hosted an AMA (ask me anything) on Reddit, where she answered a host of questions. What are 5 things you can’t leave home without? (“Notebook, “le pen”, book, lip balm, phone –of course”). Which Parenthood co-stars are most like their characters? (“Hard to say. Dax [Shepard] is an extremely funny guy who is also a super dedicated family man – like Crosby. And Peter Krause is obviously perfect, just like [his character] Adam [Braverman].”) 

Other questions involved her writing process and favorite moments from Gilmore Girls. How does she feel about ‘Girls co-star, Alexis Bledel? (“Love her, we’ll always have a special bond. Saw her in NY not too long ago. I had a nice lunch with TV mom Kelly [Bishop] and [show creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] as well.”)

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But, hands down, the most important moment of Graham’s AMA? Will there ever be a Gilmore Girls movie? The question may seem far-fetched, but it’s not as outrageous as it used to be.  After all, Netflix revived Mitchell Hurwitz’ Arrested Development last year, and Marshmallows broke the Kickstarter record to fund a Veronica Mars movie nine years after the show wrapped. Obviously, there’s a full precedent for bringing back fan favorites to tie up loose ends. Unfortunately for us, if GG creator Sherman-Palladino is considering a movie for our favorite mother-daughter team, she hasn’t confided those plans in Graham. The actress responded on her AMA,

“[As for a movie] I honestly don’t know. I appreciate how many have asked. That character was so special – I want to know what happens to her too!”

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“Gilmore Girls” Starring Graham (left) and Alexis Bledel (right) wrapped in 2007 after 7 seasons.

Producers had been hoping for an eighth season, so when The CW chose not to renew, the results were less than perfect. Many fans were disappointed by the last season of Gilmore Girls, which was something of a slapdash finish to the story arcs Sherman-Palladino had created for her characters. Luke and Loralei only kind of ended up together, Rory didn’t end up with any of her famous beaus (Dean Forester, Jess Mariano or Logan Huntzberger) and she was only just getting her foot in the door of political reporting. Any fan of the show would have full confidence that Rory would succeed in her chosen profession (duh), but it would have been nice to see her flourish and impress superiors all over again. Given all of this, is it any surprise followers and even Graham, herself, still want to know what happened to their beloved characters?

In terms of a film, Graham assured fans that, “IF a movie version could be as good as we’d all want it to be, I’d love to play that character again.” So what does this mean for a reunion? The cast is amenable— which is half the battle. Could we get a network (or netflix) and Sherman-Palladino on board? That’s the big question.  The next hurdle, of course, would be to ask- what happens in a reunion? One Entertainment Weekly contributor proposed a ten year reunion around Rory’s wedding at the original Firefly Inn. It’s a sound idea, but personally? This writer (and I may be the only one out there,) was pleased when the show ended and Rory Gilmore was headed off into her own personal sunset sans Logan (played by Matt Czuchry) OR Jess (played by Milo Ventimiglia). Yes, both boys were good for Rory in their own particular ways and yes, the Rory’s arc was still something of a disappointment — but romantically? It was refreshing to see a strong, independent young woman choose to pursue her dreams without a guy at her side. In a way, it brought the show full circle: like Mother, like Daughter.

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You’ll still find editorials out there about why Rory should have chosen one guy or another, and shipping wars have been started over Jess and Logan — some commenters even got into it on Reddit, which proves it’s still a sticky subject. Yet, Rory was a young women — only 22 or 23 — at the start of her career. Why should she have chosen to start her post-graduate life with a man by her side if neither or those men were really right for her at the time? If there’s one thing the final episode got right, it was keeping the focus on Rory and Loralei.

“[The season finale] was about Rory and Lorelai, which is why the lack of Logan is for the best. While I think he was an important part of Rory’s life, this really needed to be her own journey with her mother, her own moment of independence. And, really, the episode basically nailed it. Her panic at the thought of being alone, her realization of her mother’s own emotions; it all played out in a very subtle fashion, developing slowly until the final moment in which everything came to a close.”

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Would I love a Gilmore Girls reunion? Absolutely. Would I watch Rory get married and cry like a baby regardless of who the groom was? Definitely. Would I mind if Rory’s romantic future remained a mystery? Nope, not at all. I hope Sherman-Palladino seriously considers a movie, and I hope the rest of the cast gets on board and a network (or, again, netflix) picks it up. But I want it because I loved the show: the crazy, emphatic speeches; the witty comebacks; the interplay between Loralei and Luke; the unique mother-daughter dynamic of Rory and Loralei. I want a revival on its own terms, the rest is just gravy.


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