Alyssa Thorne
Updated October 24, 2017 7:29 am

We all missed Richard Gilmore dearly in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. He’s probably our favorite TV grandfather of all time. And knowing that the late Edward Herrmann couldn’t be a part of the revival definitely broke our hearts.

In a panel hosted by Bustle during the 2017 Gilmore Girls Fan Fest, his family spoke about how they think Herrmann would’ve felt about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Although we’re thrilled that they think he’d be thrilled, we definitely teared up a little reading the interview.

Edward’s wife and daughters spoke about his feelings about the series, and how much they think he would’ve loved the new season.

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We’re unhappy he couldn’t participate too! But Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life really revolved around the loss of Edward/Richard and really paid homage to his memory in every way that it could. Despite his absence, Star revealed that the cast of Gilmore Girls still felt his presence.

She recounted an anecdote that Kelly Bishop, aka Emily Gilmore, shared with her:

We can only imagine how difficult it was for his family to watch the revival. So we’re really grateful that they took the time to do so and share their thoughts with us. Lots of love to them and, of course, to the late great Edward Herrmann, whom we miss SO much.