5. The loss of Edward Herrmann will be an important plot point
Actor Edward Herrmann
, who played Grandpa Richard Gilmore, passed away in 2014, and his death will be written into the show. Sherman-Palladino told TVLine
that the loss of the beloved patriarch has a ripple effect throughout the lives of Emily, Lorelai, and Rory that will reverberate throughout the entire revival. "[A tragedy like that] brings up thoughts of, 'Where am I? Where am I going? What am I doing?'" ASP explained. " ... Something they loved is gone, which means things you love will not be around forever. And you can't take them for granted." Added Kelly Bishop, in another interview with TVLine
, "Because of the fact that Emily lost her husband, she's kind of a raw nerve. In a desperate attempt to push through [her grief], she blows between right on the edge of losing it to almost being a little manic. ... [Richard] is certainly a presence, especially in that first script."