Finally, after months and months of clues left on social media, it was confirmed that Gilmore Girls would be getting a long overdue rebooted series on Netflix. You heard it right. Lorelei, Rory, and the gang would be back again in Stars Hollow, opening yet another window into their love lives, family grapples, and mother-daughter bonding.
Although this may be a trip down memory lane for those who chuckled at Lorelei’s punny humor or cheered for Rory’s decision to not be with Logan after graduation, there seems to be a lot more of the story left untold. Along with the obvious questions of who will sweep the Gilmore duo off their feet this time or where Rory’s journalistic skills have taken her still linger, there may be a couple more questions to add to the list. Don’t worry, while we were dancing around in our PJs and snacking on a buffet of junk food in celebration of the beloved series return, we managed to fill in a couple of the blanks. Here’s everything we know about the Gilmore Girls reboot.
1. Rory and Lorelei are back at it!
As if you could have Gilmore Girls without our two favorite characters. Both Lorelei (Lauren Graham) and Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) have confirmed the reprisal of their roles. In the final episode in 2007, the girls ended the series the way they started: single, together, and chowing down in Luke’s diner. While speculation on whether the two will revisit their past relationships or blossom new ones is still undetermined, it is certain the mother-daughter couple will return with a bond stronger than ever.
2. And so are some familiar faces
Aside from our two main girls, we will get to see a lot of familiar faces! The reboot will also catch up with Stars Hollow favorites like Rory’s best friend, Lane Kim (Keiko Agena), Kirk Gleason (Sean Gunn), Lane’s mom (Emily Kuroda), Miss Patty (Liz Torres), Babette (Sallu Struthers), and the Town Council President, Taylor (Michael Winters). Talk about an epic cast!
3. Except maybe not Sookie
We’ll see a lot of familiar faces, but there’s been a little confusion on whether Lorelei’s best friend and chef extraordinaire, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), will be returning to the Dragonfly kitchen. After McCarthy was the only character absent from the cast reunion at the ATX Television Festival, rumors started to fly that maybe we wouldn’t see her in the reboot. And to make the situation even more sketchy, Melissa tweeted about the show back in February typing, ““Sadly no one asked me or Sookie to come back to Stars Hollow. Wish them all the best!!” It was also announced that Sookie’s husband, Jackson (Jackson Douglas), would return, which raised even more eyebrows. Although GG creator Amy Sherman-Palladino told TVLine that she “would be totally game” to add her to the reboot if the Bridesmaids actress had “a spare moment to run over,” it’s not looking great for a Lorelei/Sookie pow wow in this continuation.
4. Rory is single
Yes, Rory is single and focusing on her career. After breaking things off (amicably) with longtime boyfriend, Logan, Rory decided to take a job covering then-Senator Barack Obama’s presidential campaign. As we already know, Senator Obama is now President Obama, so quite possibly this could mean good things for the young journalist in the love department.
5. But all of her past love interests will return
Yes, Rory may be single, but all of her love interests are coming back. Dean (Jared Padaleck), Rory’s first major relationship confirmed his return with a picture on Twitter of his dressing room. Bad-boyfriend and book nerd Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) also took to Twitter to say that #JessIsBack with a picture of the new script and the caption, “What a great time to get back on set with some friends.” And of course, if we’re talking about all of Rory’s past lovers, you can’t forget about Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry), whose return was confirmed by producers.
— Milo Ventimiglia (@MiloVentimiglia) February 10, 2016
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) February 19, 2016
6. And so will Christopher
Speaking of old lovers, it was already announced that Luke would be back at the diner, and now we can also expect Christopher (David Sutcliffe), Rory’s dad and Lorelei’s ex-husband.
7. Original Gilmore Girls writers will return
If you were a little nervous about whether the rebooted script would have most of the witty dialogue and sarcastic cantor, you can now sleep a little easier. Sherman-Palladino will return as the lead writer, making sure to include all of that snarky humor we’ve missed. Although she had nothing to do with the final season, she will place her pen right where the script ended.
8. RIP Edward Herrmann & Richard Gilmore
Sadly, Richard Gilmore will not be joining Friday dinners this season. Edward Herrmann passed away in 2014 after losing his battle with cancer. And while his loss was said to be one for Lauren and Alexis, as they viewed him as a second dad, his absence will definitely be felt and missed on the show. Emily Gilmore (Kelly Bishop) is confirmed to be a widow.
9. Stars Hollow is the same
The little town of Stars Hollow appears to be exactly the same. Taylor still runs the council, Miss Patty’s studio still duals as a dance space and downhill meetings, and Luke’s diner is still up and running. Photos leaked on Twitter of some of Stars Hollow’s most memorable monuments.
— Clara (@caddyglass) December 31, 2015
fresh coat of paint on miss patty’s dance studio you guys!!!!! pic.twitter.com/DhFWr1yNJO
— Clara (@caddyglass) December 31, 2015
10. And the Dragonfly hasn’t changed either!
The Dragonfly, Lorelei’s joint business with partner Sookie, is still up and running. While Melissa McCarthy’s presence is still unknown, we will be seeing the Michele (Yanic Truesdale), our favorite Frenchman and front desk attendant.
— Yanic Truesdale (@YanicTruesdale) February 6, 2016
11. Episodes will be told as seasons
Netflix has confirmed that the reboot will be released as four, 90-minute episodes, which is a little different from the previous seven seasons, which were comprised of 20 one-hour episodes. It’s also been said that each episode will be named and proceed according to the seasons: “Winter,” “Spring,” “Summer,” and “Fall.”
12. Sutton Foster Will visit Stars Hollow
Sutton Foster, who starred in Sherman-Palladino’s canceled drama ballet series Bunheads, will make an appearance in the GG series. However, it’s a little unclear if she will reprise her role from the series seeing how she had a very interesting relationship with Kelly Bishop.
13. Paris Gellar is back
Another one of Rory’s best friends is back! Paris Gellar (Liza Weil) also announced on Twitter that Paris is ready for action, bringing Paris’ need for order and control back to life. That being said, Paris will only return for two episodes. Her brief appearance possibly has something to do with Liza Weil’s role in ABCs How to Get Away With Murder.
14. With Doyle
It wouldn’t be right to have Paris without her boyfriend Doyle (Danny Strong). He tweeted an image of the two saying, “Back at Stars Hollow.”
15. And April will pay a visit to dad
Don’t worry, they didn’t forget about Luke’s daughter, April (Vanessa Marano). Everyone’s not-so-favorite character is set to return as a matured, young adult.
16. There will be some old faces, but a ton of new ones too
We’re all looking forward to catching up with the Stars Hollow citizens, but you should be ready to expect a list of all new characters. Names of potential actors have not yet been revealed, but there’s no doubt the newbies will bring a little color and drama to town.
17. No premiere date
As of this time, the series continuation has not been given a release date or a new name. On the other hand, the name Gilmore Girls: Seasons has been floating around. We’ll just have to see if that sticks.