At long last, the premiere of Gilmore Girls" revival series, "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," is finally upon us, and with it, the return of our beloved Lorelai, Rory, Emily, Luke, Sookie, Paris, and the rest of the town of Stars Hollow.
The four-part series -- divided into season-specific episodes titled "Winter," "Spring," "Summer," and "Fall" -- picks up about nine years after the Season 7 finale, and finds our characters in markedly different stages of their lives, a little older but not necessarily much wiser, and still striving to figure themselves out.
The season theme indicates there will be plenty of change, and we can't wait to see what "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has in store for our titular girls. Read on for the key things to watch out for when "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" debuts on November 25.
1. Lorelai and Luke are still together -- but in a rut
The first full-length trailer for "Gilmore: Girls: A Year in the Life" was a bit ominous about Luke and Lorelai's relationship, with Lorelai trying to convince herself out loud that she and Luke -- who still haven't gotten married -- are truly happy. Lorelai also admits that she feels a bit lost, and doesn't really know what she wants out of life. Does this mean that she and Luke are on the verge of a(nother) breakup? From the promotional photos to the short clips we've seen so far, they certainly look like a content, comfortable couple. Only time will tell if they remain that way for the rest of the revival -- and whether or not that's a good thing.
2. Rory's journalism career isn't going well
Rory's dream of being a professional journalist seemed to be off to a great start when Season 7 ended, with the former Yale Daily News editor landing a job covering Barack Obama's presidential campaign straight out of college. But whatever success that that brought her appears to have been short-lived, with the official Netflix synopsis for "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" noting that she's living in New York, but her career has stalled. In the trailer, she tries to put a positive spin on her rootless existence, but seems more than a little wistful about what could have been, lamenting to Jess, "I could have been a contender." Early promo photos show that she winds up back at Chilton, but what she's doing there is so far unclear (is she just visiting as an alumna, or is she a teacher now?).
3. Emily is rebuilding her life after Richard's death
The death of Richard Gilmore was written into the show to reflect the real-life passing of actor Edward Herrmann, who died in 2014. The storyline is bound to be an emotional one, and it hits every Gilmore woman hard, but particularly Emily, whose entire life revolved around her husband. After Richard's previous health scares during the original series' run, she confided to Lorelai that she didn't know who she was if she wasn't Richard Gilmore's wife. Now, she has to figure that out. The trailer makes light of this to a certain extent, depicting Emily decluttering her life (while wearing jeans -- a truly revolutionary fashion choice for a woman who typically wouldn't be caught dead in anything other than Chanel), though there are some more somber moments, too, that reflect her overwhelming grief. Expect that dichotomy to play a major role in her journey.
4. All of Rory's boyfriends are back
Rory's three old boyfriends -- Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia), and Logan (Matt Czuchry) -- will all appear in at least one episode each of the revival, though it seems fair to say that they won't all play equal roles. Who, if anyone, will Rory wind up with? Based on what we've seen so far, all signs currently point to Jess, the only former paramour who has dialogue in the trailer, has appeared in a separate teaser, and has been featured in a promotional photo. That could be deliberate misdirection, though, and with lots of new characters in the mix, Rory could end up someone completely different -- or even, perhaps most fittingly, no one at all.
5. Stars Hollow is as quirky as ever
Just about every resident of Stars Hollow will be returning for the revival, including Lane (still rocking out as a drummer), Taylor (still leading ridiculous town meetings), Kirk (as weird as ever, and attending Friday night dinner for some reason), Miss Patty and Babette (who are spearheading a musical about the town), and Michel (just as snarky and withering as you remember). Expect many, many more familiar faces in addition to those, and all the small town shenanigans that go with them.
6. Sookie is back!
After a lot of back and forth between actress Melissa McCarthy and "Gilmore Girls" creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, the pair finally worked out a deal for McCarthy to reprise her role as Lorelai's BFF and co-owner of the Dragonfly. Because of McCarthy's insanely busy schedule, it will only be a small cameo, but still, a little Sookie is better than no Sookie at all. And it should come as no surprise that the lovable, accident-prone chef is still her same quirky self, as her brief appearance in the trailer teased.
7. Those final four words will be satisfying -- but also controversial
"Gilmore Girls" fans have waited almost a decade to hear the famed final four words with which Sherman-Palladino originally intended to end the series, which were abandoned when she left amid a contract dispute ahead of Season 7. The creator has teased that those mysterious words -- which are spoken in dialogue, most likely between Lorelai and Rory -- are the perfect punctuation mark to the revival, and stars Lauren Graham and Milo Ventimiglia have both stated that they're a lovely, fitting end to the show. Actor Matt Czuchry, however, recently told Entertainment Weekly that he believes they'll spark a "heated debate" among the show's loyal fans -- and after nearly a decade of build-up, he's probably correct. Whatever they are, we're still excited to hear them, though it's possible that they may not be the last words the Gilmore girls ever speak.
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" premieres November 25 on Netflix.