Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life To Be A Journey Of Self Discovery For The Girls

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It may still be a couple of months before new episodes featuring everyone’s favourite mother-daughter team graces our screens, but that doesn’t mean we’re not getting any new info about the big revival. For many fans, the lure of the four new episodes is to finally find out those final four words that have been plaguing us since series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino revealed in an interview in 2006 following her and her husband Dan’s departure from the show, that she knew the last four words of the Gilmore Girls. However, the revival is more than just a built up to that legendary moment.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association summer press tour last month, Sherman-Palladino explained that the revival is essentially about “three women at a crossroads in each of their lives.”

The three women in question are the Gilmore girls – Emily, Lorelai and Rory. The series begins with a newly-widowed Emily, and for her this new status and situation in life presents many challenges to explore: “What does the death of a husband mean to a woman who had a life very specific to her all of these years?” revealed Sherman-Palladino. “And where does she go from here?”

For supermum Lorelai, it’s a time for self discovery. Sherman-Palladino describes her situation in life to be that of “a single-yet-coupled independent woman”. Up to this point in her life she has “had her guards up… to protect her daughter and to protect herself.” However, with Rory all grown up and independent, Lorelai is left wondering, “’Where am I now? Where’s my path? Where’s my comfort?’”

And what about Rory? At thirtysomething, a college graduate and slogging away at work, unsurprising to many of us, she’s second-guessing a lot of her life choices. Sherman-Palladino explains: “It’s this idea of, you hit [your 30s], you did everything right — you went to college, you had the good grades, you worked really hard — and yet somehow life isn’t turning out the way you wanted it to turn out. And because the world is changing [so quickly] I think that’s something a lot of very well educated [thirtysomething] kids are going through. They’re turning around going, ‘I did it. I did the homework. I did the finals. I did the whole thing. I know the s–t. Why am I not getting where I need to go?’” Yep, that sounds awfully familiar.

It appears that all three Gilmore girls are trying to discover their place in the world, whether they do this together or apart and where they all stand at the end of the year is anyone’s guess.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will be released on Netflix, November 25.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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