Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” revival (theoretically) had one major purpose: to provide closure to fans who wanted to see how creator Amy Sherman-Palladino envisioned the end of the series, given that she exited the original show before the final season in 2006.
Now that we’ve watched the revival, which was released Friday, we only have one response to the idea of “closure”: LOL. We have even more questions now – and not only because of that bombshell final scene.
1) Why did Rory and Logan start that ridiculous affair?
Apparently at some point in the last 10 years, Logan forgave Rory for turning down his proposal before college graduation, and she forgave him for proposing in front of her entire family. Then they started a torrid affair, even though Logan is engaged to a French heiress named Odette, and Rory is dating a lame guy named Paul.
Rory and Logan always had great chemistry, but why would they adopt a “when we’re together, we’re together, and when we’re not, we’re not” policy? It didn’t work when they tried to be “no strings attached” at Yale, and there’s no way it would work while Logan is engaged and Rory has a boyfriend. And, honestly, they both acted a little too casual about the fact that they were cheating on their significant others.
2) Who is the father of Rory’s baby?
When you end a show with a main character saying “I’m pregnant,” this is a pretty obvious question. So is the father Logan? Paul? The guy in the Wookiee costume? (Probably not, based on timing.) The audience will always wonder, which we suppose is the whole point of such a maddening ending.
3) Why did Rory think her mother would be excited about the “Gilmore Girls” book?
In the midst of a career crisis, Rory decides to write a book based on her and Lorelai’s unique life and relationship. Great idea, except Rory had to know that her mother would be upset by this plan. Why would Lorelai want her story, one filled with a lot of deeply personal situations (teenage pregnancy, estrangement from parents, etc.) on display for the whole world?
Naturally, Lorelai refuses to give her blessing for the book. Rory is furious. She vents to her best friend, Lane, and is completely flummoxed by Lorelai’s reaction. “She totally freaked out over a book,” Rory complains. “She knows I’m a writer, she knows everything is fodder.”
Does Rory actually believe that nonsense? It seemed out of character for her to not even consider Lorelai’s perspective – which, by the way, is completely understandable.
4) What’s going to happen with the book?
Of course, Lorelai ultimately (reluctantly) gives her blessing anyway, and jokes that she’ll just sue Rory if she doesn’t like the finished product. So is “The Gilmore Girls” going to become a best-seller? Oh, sorry, just “Gilmore Girls” – as Lorelai tells Rory, “Drop the ‘the.’ It’s cleaner.” Maybe that “Social Network” reference means Rory is going to be the next Mark Zuckerberg.
5) What will happen with Christopher?
We were wondering if Christopher, Rory’s father and Lorelai’s first love, would make an appearance. Then, all of a sudden, there he was, working at the family business, still extremely rich. He gets a brief scene as Rory pays him a visit, and asks him how he felt about Lorelai raising her alone. It sounds like research for her book, but she may also want advice about her own pregnancy situation.
We also find out Christopher stays far, far away from the about-to-be-happily-married Luke and Lorelai. Will he ever return to mess things up for Lorelai again?
6) How will Emily do in Nantucket?
Realizing she no longer wanted to live in her Hartford mansion without Richard, Emily packs everything up and moves to Nantucket, where she lives in a gorgeous house on the ocean and volunteers at a whaling museum. Nope, not the ending we would have predicted for the queen of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), but it was worth it to see her lose it and yell “bull—-!” so many times during her last DAR meeting, finally sick of the society life.
7) Will Paris and Doyle get back together?
It was a little heartbreaking that this dysfunctional yet weirdly perfect couple got a divorce, even though Doyle is now a screenwriter, in a nice nod to Danny Strong’s actual career. Frankly, the way Paris and Doyle interact as a divorced couple (in front of Rory, who briefly steps in to babysit their kids) isn’t too different from how they acted when they were together, so… you never know.
8) Will Lane and Zach ever get out of Stars Hollow?
Poor Lane. Rory’s best friend was once on the road to being a rock and roll star. Now, she’s still stuck in Stars Hollow working at her mom’s antique store and looking after her rambunctious 9-year-old twins. Sure, she and her husband, Zach, still play in their band, but Zach is also stuck in a crushingly boring office job. Will they ever live their musical dreams on the road?
9) What will happen to the Dragonfly Inn?
That quick scene with Melissa McCarthy, reprising her role as Lorelai’s best friend, chef Sookie St. James, was a cruel tease in the fourth episode. She and Lauren Graham are hilarious together, so it’s too bad that McCarthy’s movie star schedule didn’t leave her more time to come back for the revival.
Will Sookie ever quit her fancy farm (?) gig and come back? Will Michel really take that job in New York? Either way, Lorelai is determined to expand the Dragonfly, even using money in her father’s will (originally set aside for Luke to franchise his diner) to open a second location in town. Soon, maybe the Dragonfly will be the place Jennifer Lawrence stays when she comes to Stars Hollow.
10) Are Rory and Jess destined to be together?
Hmmm. While Rory definitively ended up alone in the final episode, we saw Jess steal that longing glance at her right before Luke and Lorelai’s wedding. He gave Rory the idea to write the “Gilmore Girls” book, so it’s likely he’ll be back in the picture.