Warning: This contains spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. If you haven’t watched yet…don’t read forward. Unless of course you like spoilers 😉
Happy Thursday friends. As always, I’m joining Running with Spoons for Thinking Out Loud Thursday. But this time, I’m doing it a little differently. Instead of running through random things in my life I want to talk about my thoughts on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
Originally I thought about posting all my random thoughts on the show, I even made a list as I watched the episodes but I decided against it. The list was long, a lot of my thoughts have already been said and realistically, who cares what I thought about every detail of the show? So instead I decided to go with another angle.
I think by now most people know the history of Gilmore Girls but in case you don’t, I’ll explain. Amy Sherman-Palladino was the creator and writer of most Gilmore Girls episodes until her contract did not get renewed for season 7. Writer David S Rosenthal finished out the series. Amy famously told reporters that when she began writing Gilmore Girls she already knew how she wanted it to end, down to the final four words. But since she wasn’t the one to finish the series, we never got to see that vision brought to life. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the life was her redemption, her chance to finish the series the way she had always envisioned.
The impact of those four words now that Rory is 32 rather than 23 when the original show ended is different but still left most viewers (myself included) shocked and many people are crying out for more seasons to tie up loose ends. But I am not. It may seem surprising for a superfan such as myself to not want new episodes, but in fact, it’s because I’m a superfan that I want Gilmore Girls to end.
The creator envisioned this ending and we now have it. There is no need for a futher storyline. Sure I have questions. Will Paris and Doyle get back together? Who wrote that letter to Emily? How will Rory handle raising a child? But the point of the ending was to leave us with questions. Instead of being like most series finales that wrap up into a neat and happy package, this was meant to shock the audience and show the imperfections of life. So I say leave it there, leave those questions unanswered.
But beyond the ending, the biggest reason I don’t want more seasons is because it would change the story. This series, although 9 years later was frozen in time. The people may have looked a little older (some more than others…seriously, what happened to Zack?) but nothing really changed. Kirk was still crazy Kirk. Emily and Lorelai are still fighting. Luke still wears the same clothes at the same diner. Lorelai even still has the same car. As fans, we wanted nostalgia, we wanted nothing to change and they gave us exactly that. It was far from perfect, but it was good. It satisfied that need for more Gilmore Girls.
But now, if the story moves forward, that will change. Those characters who came in for one-time cameos will be gone. Seeing Rory through a pregnancy and with a child will change the mother/daughter relationship of Lorelai and Rory that is Gilmore Girls. Essentially, the show will become Fuller House. The fan service nostalgia factor will be over and in order to continue, a new storyline, separte from the past will have to develop. A whole new Gilmore Girls with a few old cast members. And really, who wants that?
Now let’s be honest, if another season comes out I will, of course, watch it. It’s like every remake out there. Hollywood can slap together a terrible script with the name of a movie from our childhood and we throw money at them to see it. But I’d like to see Gilmore Girls go out on a high note. To me, further seasons would be selling out to make a buck and it’s my hope that doesn’t happen.
What were your thoughts on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life? Do you want to see more seasons?
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