Are We Hyping Up “Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” Too Much?


Gilmore Girls was a phenomenon unto itself when it aired. So, when Netflix announced that it will be reviving the series for one more season, a fan uproar ensued. The news was made sweeter by the announcement that Amy Sherman-Palladino would be at the helm of things. Sherman-Palladino, tge original show runner, had left the show before the final season was shot. What’s more, all the beloved characters would be reprised by the original actors in the revival season. Add to it the regular tweets from the cast and the tidbits of news coming out from the sets of the show, and you have got a really big hype created around the show. Not that the showrunners aren’t loving all the hype. But, then again, the question arises whether or not all this hype is really going to pay off. Will the show be able to deliver? This is a question that every fan and every critic has in mind.

At the root of all the hype is the legendary stature that the original series enjoyed. It was a show that gave America two of its favorite girls: Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. They were independent, self-reliant and witty, and gave the audience a good dose of laughter with a lot of emotional scenes from the mother-daughter duo. Lorelai and Rory were like a family to the fans; they would wish well for them and pray for them to achieve their dreams. So, when the same fans are told that they get to spend one last season with their favorite girls, they are going to lap it up. They will want to know everything that has happened to the girls during the break. Whether Lorelai and Luke got married? Did Rory get to become the reporter like she wanted? What has been Sookie up to all these years?

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Then, there is the case of the return of the original showrunner, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Though the last season did try to answer all the questions that the fans had, but the absence of the creator and former executive producer was the proverbial elephant in the room. The fans had this parting wish that they would get to see what Amy had envisioned for the Gilmore Girls, and the revival gives them just that. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life plans to take the beloved show to its intended climax. This is a big thing for the fans, who would love to know the answers to many questions that were left unanswered. People are waiting to relive the Stars Hollow moments once again.

Whether the hype is going to do justice to their expectations is something that is simply impossible to predict at this point. But, given the fan following behind the show, the hype generated around the revival is nothing unexpected. The thing with nostalgia, on which this revival is banking, is that there are a lot of things that can go wrong. The audience is expecting the same magic from the revival that they had experienced with the Gilmore Girls previously. For this to happen, each and every character has to be in the right place and say exactly the right things. If anything is out of place, it can take the magic away leading to the viewers being disappointed, and maybe even angry, which nobody wants. The first trailer, however, left fans incredibly excited, as it delivered a scene of a fast-paced conversation between Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel). The vibe of the scene felt incredibly similar to the original show, and even included a similar setting: their kitchen.

So, in a way, yes, the hype around Gilmore Girls is too much, but only in an expected way. The feeling of reliving the good old days plays a much larger part in wanting to watch the show than the show itself. Viewers are going to watch this revival with huge expectations and some of them are going to be disappointed for a fact simply because their expectations might not be realistic. However, the fans who will be watching the show for the love of characters may find a sense of closure in the finale. They will get to know about the lives of their favorite characters and will also get to finally know how the show was supposed to end.



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