I was a bit late jumping onboard the "Gilmore Girls" bandwagon, but I'm so glad I did. The show centers around Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, a fast talking, coffee loving, mother-daughter duo who capture our hearts from the pilot. The series started in 2000 and ran seven seasons. "Gilmore Girls" has touched so many lives, and now eight years after the series ended is releasing a sequel of sorts. "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life" is set to air on Netflix on November 25, 2016. Instead of 45-minute episodes, this season will be comprised of four hour and a half-long movies, one for each season. After watching all seven of the original seasons in six weeks, as well as many times since, I cannot wait for the Netflix release this fall, and here are some reasons why.
1. Luke and Lorelai
The biggest question is, what will be the relationship of these two? The constant will they/won't they relationship that occurred throughout the original series was set for an almost cliffhanger ending during the 2007 series finale. Will Luke and Lorelai finally be married, or will they be in another one of their fights, breaking off their relationship for the "only-god-knows-how-manyth-time"?
2. Rory's Relationship Status
By the end of the series Rory had just declined Logan's proposal, and set her sights on her career. We know that all of Rory's ex-boyfriends, Dean, Jess and Logan appear in at least one of the four episodes, but will she end up with her first love, Dean, the bad boy, Jess, or the adventurous trust fund baby, Logan, or will she not be with any of them? We need answers!
3. Sookie, Michel and the Dragonfly
Lorelai, Sookie and Michel all worked at the Independence Inn, until the major fire shut it down. Then they opened the Dragonfly Inn, a fairly new, yet thriving business.
What is a girl without her best friend? Sookie St. James, chef extraordinaire, major klutz and BFOTB (when Lorelai was going to get married to Luke) is coming back thankfully, but what will be in store for her? How are Jackson, Davey and Martha? Is she still head chef at the Dragonfly?
And What about Michel? Does he still love Celine Dion? Is he still as charmingly unpleasant? Does he still have dogs?
4. Rory's Career
When the series ended in 2007, Rory was about to go follow the 2008 presidential Campaign of Barack Obama as press. Now being eight years later, from the promo photos released, it seems that Rory is now a teacher at her Alma Mater, Chilton. Is Rory now a teacher or a guest speaker? Did she follow Obama on his 2012 Campaign? Was she ever a journalist for the New York Times?
5. Stars Hollow
Coming from a small New England town myself, I have watched the people of Stars Hollow come together to raise money through the oddest and coolest events. The 24-hour dance-a-thon, the knit-a-thon, the night of living pictures, the firelight festival, the list goes on and on. Is Taylor Dose still town selectman? Has the town changed at all? What is the newest fundraiser actually for? What is the latest gossip from Babette and Miss Patty?
6. The Gilmores
Richard and Emily Gilmore have been staples to the series, but with the death of actor Edward Herrmann, who played Richard, in 2014, I am quite curious how they are going to deal with his death in the series. Will the now widowed Emily be dating? How will they portray the timeline since Richard's Death? How does that influence Lorelai's once very strained relationship with her mother?
7. Updated References
In the trailer released for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," it shows Rory and Lorelai sitting at their kitchen table talking. Lorelai talks about Amy Schumer and John Oliver -- these are references that are very current and that a lot of the younger viewers will understand, more than the early 2000s references made in the original series.
There are many more reasons why I can't wait until November 25, but mostly because coming from a small New England town like Stars Hollow, I can very easily relate to the characters and the crazy things going on. Each of the characters can give the viewers someone to relate to. So mark your calendars, Gilmore Girls fans -- less than five months until this classic comes back!