Meryl Williams
April 27, 2016 1:59 pm
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Spoiler warning: This article details plot points of the seventh and final season of Gilmore Girls. Be warned: Here lie spoilers.

Though the occasional outlier exists, most fans of the WB show Gilmore Girls attest that Season 7, the final installment of the series, was not its finest. At the conclusion of Season 6, creators Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino left the show, leaving it, and its unique voice, in the hands of those who may not have been completely equipped to take it on. Lucky for us, the show is getting the reboot treatment thanks to Netflix, with the Sherman-Palladino team at the helm. A limited-run revival will soon give us four more 90-minute installments with our favorite people from Stars Hollow.

However, the shadow of Season 7 looms. We asked some TV writers and podcasters (and Gilmore Girls aficianados) for their thoughts on that final season, and whether or not the revival will be able to course-correct. See below for what Kevin Porter and Demi Adejuyigbe (Gilmore Guys podcast), Nicole Dieker of The Billfold (and author of the popular How Gilmore Girls Do Money column), and Margaret H. Willison, Kathryn VanArendonk and Andrew Cunningham (Appointment Television! podcast) have to say.

What are some thoughts on Season 7?

“I did not see the decline of quality like what happened on Community when Dan Harmon left. It was more sort of TV cliche, and it was a little harder than it had been, but was still very enjoyable. I didn’t stop watching.” -Dieker 

“Season 7 is tough. It’s hard because Gilmore Girls is a show where the voice and tone is very unique and it’s hard to capture that. When Amy Sherman-Palladino and Daniel Palladino left, that ripped the heart out of the voice. I could no better write like Amy Sherman-Palladino than sound like her in an impression. Some people are really good at that. But with Season 7, they couldn’t and they didn’t. That’s the problem – not the plotlines of Christopher and Lorelai getting married, or what happened with Lane.” -Porter

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“It’s tough to give a character like Lorelai to someone who maybe doesn’t understand how she works.” -Cunningham

“I don’t dislike it. Rory tries to be a journalist and there are some ways that goes wrong. She spends time in the last season trying to get a job and see what her life will be like after college. Her big post-graduation job is that she’s on the 2008 Obama tour bus as a journalist. I’m okay with that, as a thing that Rory ended up doing. But everything with Lorelai and Lane was a disaster. I’m cool with Lane’s wedding with Zach but I hate everything that happens in her marriage after the wedding.” -VanArendonk

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“I accept Season 7 but I don’t like it. I imagine that Christopher would have ended up playing some role in the final series, but by the virtue of it not being at the hands of Sherman-Palladino, I can pretend that the things that I don’t like didn’t really happen and the things I did like are canon. I like the partnership Lane is in, but Lane should be getting her own Obama bus. She deserves to be opening for Vampire Weekend in crappy dive bars in Austin. What happened to her was over the top and cartoonish. With Rory it was more about the job she got. Her ending was about a job and not about any of the garbage men they tried to pair her off with.” -Willison

What was Season 7’s fatal flaw?

“The whole Lane with twins thing. They didn’t set that up. I was never on board with the Lane and Zack relationship and them instantly getting pregnant with twins…” -Dieker

“It was Lorelai marrying Christopher in Paris. That was bad. Her character makes impulsive decisions, but she makes them to run away, not to be in a committed relationship the rest of her life.” -VanArendonk

“Lorelai makes a lot of bad decisions. I can’t believe her making that one.” -Willison

Are you excited for the revival or concerned?

“Totally excited. Not concerned at all, just excited. It’s going to be great and hilarious.” -Dieker

“My biggest hope for the Netflix revival is that we get a nice little bow on the story of Stars Hollow. No open threads, no unfinished stories or suggestions of a spin-off, I don’t even want a hasty wrap up of old plots – just a good six hours where they tell new stories with the same formula of 2000s-era Gilmore. My biggest concern is fan service. I really really really don’t want the revival to be written with a wink or a leaning in to the audience. There’s no need to have then say ‘Oy with the poodles’ again or to tease a big wedding for all six hours of the show or play will-they-won’t-they with all of Rory’s boyfriends. I like Gilmore Girls enough to find interest in new storylines outside of the decade-old questions I didn’t care about very much when I first started watching the show. And I know a lot of fans DO care about who Rory should end up with, but doesn’t it just ring best for her to end up with… none of them?” –Adejuyigbe

“I’m more excited. Even though historically, revivals don’t live up to their truest potential, like we saw with The X-Files and Arrested Development Season 4. But this is different because there is a reason and rationale and a momentum for it. It’s not Twin Peaks, 25 years later. That’s what’s going to make this revival stand out, I have pretty high hopes for it. Even if it’s not perfect, if we get another scene with Lorelai and Rory hanging out or a little interaction with the townies, it will have been worth it. It won’t tarnish or taint anything.” -Porter

“I’m mostly excited. I’m so curious about what the last line is.” -Willison

“I’m glad it’s happening. Even if it’s not great, it doesn’t diminish the show as it stands.” -Cunningham

Do you think the revival can course-correct from Season 7?

“I think there might be some things that canonically occurred, like how Lane has children now, but I don’t think it’s going to be that much of a stretch to ‘correct.’ The hardest obstacle will be to recapture the voice of the show. It’s not going to get bogged down with having to acknowledge [the plot points of Season 7].” -Porter

“I’m worried how they’ll navigate that length of time… how do you balance that problem, where we left those characters in a frozen place? We want to see characters get back together with our own eyes, but what would have kept them apart in the meantime?” -Willison

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“I predict that Luke and Lorelai will end up together. They dragged that out long enough. I predicted in my How Gilmore Girls Do Money series that Rory would be pregnant and I wouldn’t be surprised if that were the case. There will townies doing townie stuff. And they’ll have to deal with Richard’s death.” -Dieker

How do you plan on viewing the revival once it drops on Netflix?

“I’m definitely watching this alone. I don’t wanna talk to anybody, or wait and watch episode by episode. I’m gonna lock myself alone in my apartment at the stroke of midnight and watch every episode and then probably ask that nobody talk to me about Gilmore Girls for the next week until I can get my damn bearings.” –Adejuyigbe

“I would much rather watch with other people. As soon as we have a date I will start making plans. It’ll be a party with 17 pizzas and a box of donuts.” -Dieker

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“It’s going to be hard for Demi and myself. If they get released all at once, we’ll have to watch them just so we can avoid spoilers. Don’t tweet spoilers at us! If they release it weekly, which I hope they do, I will watch it weekly and try to savor it as much as possible.” -Porter

“It might depend on how you watched the original show. I’ve been watching it by myself very quietly.” -Cunningham

“I would prefer to watch it in my college dorm room. But now most of my TV viewing is limited to when my child is asleep.” -VanArendonk

“I will be watching it with the group of women I refer to as my coven. There will be themed snacks and cosplay. I’ll probably be Emily Gilmore.” -Willison

“I have plenty of flannel.” -VanArendonk

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