Rachel Paige
July 28, 2016 11:36 am
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Gilmore Girls will return in 120 days and we’re already a puddle of emotions about it (seriously, how many times have you cried happy tears over the last 24 hours?). When it does finally returns back to our television sets, be prepared to shed a few more dozen tears (obviously) but these will be directed at one BIG thing in the revival: Richard Gilmore has passed away. 

Edward Herrmann, who played Gilmore family patriarch for all seven seasons of the show’s initial run, sadly passed away back in 2014 after a battle with cancer and is missed DEARLY. If you can remember back to the Gilmore Girls reunion at the ATX Festival back in 2015, the cast still brought out a chair for him, because he’s always going to be with us, and it hit us RIGHT IN THE FEELS.

If you think A Year in the Life is going to be void of these RICHARD FEELS, you are very, very wrong.

Yesterday during Netflix’s TCA panel, Lorelai Gilmore herself, Lauren Graham, talked about missing her on-screen dad, and please pass the tissues.

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“To me, one of the aspects of this show that felt the same but different was in the wake of losing Ed, which was and still is a great loss for us personally,” she explained to the crowd. “It was also part of our story that we are telling, which is the journey of how everyone is still recovering, and that gave the show depth and an emotional complexity. It felt to me like, ‘here is the show, but grown up even more.'”

Graham then continued that Richard’s death will greatly factor into the show, with it, “[playing] into all the choices the characters are making and what they’re dealing with in a new way.”

Because you’re going to need it, you can buy an 18-pack of tissues off of Amazon right here. Time to start stocking up.