The anticipation and excitement over the Gilmore Girls revival, A Year in the Life, was almost palpable leading into its release a few weeks ago. I myself was extremely anxious to get back from my Thanksgiving vacation so I could watch every GG moment on my TV rather than on the small iPad screen I had with me, though I was tempted to sneak a peek more than once. There were so many questions from the initial series I was dying to have answered, and while the show did not disappoint on that front, there were several key things it left out or glossed over. Not only that, it left fans with a slew of new questions! There are several lists like this floating around, but here’s my look at the old and the new mysteries in the Gilmore world:
What was missing:
- Sookie’s baby: We only got a meager dose of show staples Sookie and Jackson as it was, so perhaps there wasn’t time to work this in, but in the seventh season of the show Sookie is pregnant with baby number three. Before the finale, we don’t find out the kid’s name or even gender. Who is this mystery character that’s now around nine years old?
- Lane and Zack: I’m sorry, but these characters been done wrong. Poor Lane had all these dreams, and not that kids have to be the end of it, but they really just petered her out when they married her off and knocked her up. So what is she doing now? We see scant peeks into her life in the revival, but no indication of what she really does. Was that shot of her at Kim’s Antiques the answer? Is Hep Alien still just a garage band? They could have given us a bit more here.
- The lawsuit: It was a pleasant surprise to see Jason “Digger” Styles at Richard’s wake even though he revealed he hates funerals in the original series, but it reminded me, what happened with his lawsuit against Mr. Gilmore that broke him and Lorelia up? Did he follow through with it? I’m wondering if maybe he gave it up because it’s pretty ballsy to show if he didn’t.
- The Presidential campaign: When Rory graduates Yale in the initial series she’s hard pressed to find a job, but eventually lands one as a traveling reporter on the Barak Obama campaign. If fiction parallels reality, that campaign went all the way. Did Rory stick with it all the way to the White House? Did she meet him? The big feather in her cap in the revival is her New Yorker piece, and while it would have been eight years ago this first job ended, I have to think there’d be some residual pride there.
New and nagging:
- The Dragon Fly Inn: I remember Emily trying to talk Lorelia into expanding the Dragon Fly in the very last episode of the initial show and she said no. After her change of heart in the revival, did Lorelia snake the property in town from Katy Perry to build the expansion? If so, will Michel stay? Is Sookie finally coming back?
- The Life and Death Brigade: When Rory says goodbye to Colin, Fin and Robert, it seems a bit dramatic. Why is this a final farewell? If she kept in touch enough to know about Colin’s knee surgery, why does her skipping breakfast equal a Dorothy leaving Wizard of Oz-like departure?
- The Maid: How weird was it to see Emily Gilmore with the same maid for an entire year?! Now that she’s pulling out of her completely justified funk over Richard’s death is she going to snap to her senses and fire the maid or turn over a new leaf? Can she live a happy life with her maid and extended family in Nantucket?
- The Love Triangle: Team Logan? Team Jess? The revival clearly crosses Team Dean off the list of Rory’s love life, but the torrid Logan affair and longing Jess look makes it seem like the past is still battling it out for her hand. Last four word drama aside, is she finally going to choose between them or find someone new? Probably not poor, sad, weird plot line Paul.
- Paris and Doyle: Why? Why did they break up everyone’s favorite Gilmore Girls couple? You root for them to stay together after college in the last season of the initial series, and we’re still rooting for them in the revival. Will Paris and Doyle get divorced or reconcile?
- Rory’s Career: Is The Stars Hollow Gazette going to be her future, or will her book finally be the uber success we always expected for Rory? I still think fans are reeling a bit from how not all-together our little overachiever is in the revival.
- Babies, babies, babies: Did Lorelia and Luke finally make a decision on the kids thing? Luke shot down surrogacy, and frankly, they’re both pushing fifty so maybe that ship has sailed? And of course, the big question is who is Rory’s baby daddy? Signs point to Logan. Whatever the outcome, my money is on it being a girl. Hello, Gilmore Girls the Next Generation.