It's no secret that we're all anxiously awaiting the return of Gilmore Girls to Netflix this fall. The revival gives us a chance to revisit the wonderful world of Stars Hollow, along with its wacky cast of characters. We've all missed that wonderfully inspiring pop culture-laced witty banter between Lorelai and Rory, along with the mother and daughter obsession they have with classic movies, takeout Chinese food, and pizza. We've also missed Luke's often biting sarcasm, as well as the wild ideas Kirk comes up with.
There are also burning questions we need to know: what happened to Lane? What's Rory been up to since graduating from Yale? Where is Paris Geller? Is anyone pregnant?! Inquiring Gilmore Girls minds want to know.
Soon, all our questions will get answered, but before then, here's why we can't wait for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life on Netflix.
15 The last season and series finale was a major disappointment
The final season of Gilmore Girls left many fans scratching their heads. That had everything to do with showrunner and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino leaving the series, which left the show without its main creative voice. The last season of Gilmore Girls was such a mess that many fans refuse to admit that it even exists. This led to the series' cancellation, with a season finale that fell flat with viewers: gone was the wonderful comfort fans felt when watching a mother and daughter growing up together. But there is good news: the Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls will bring Sherman-Palladino back to the helm and allow her to tell the story of Lorelai, Rory, and the citizens of Stars Hollow in the way that only she can.
14 The uncertain fate of Luke and Lorelai's couple status
Gilmore Girls spent most of its seven seasons asking this question about Luke and Lorelai: "will they or won't they?" The two had an on-again off-again romantic entanglement that eventually led them to an extremely painful breakup. But fans always understood that Luke and Lorelai are a thing of destiny: the two just belong together. The final episode of Gilmore Girls did reunite the pair, but fans didn't get to know anything beyond that: it was an unsatisfying end for one of the best couples to ever grace TV screens.
The Netflix series, though, will bring them back together in a way that will make everyone happy.
“There are two that are penultimate Luke and Lorelai scenes," Scott Patterson, AKA Luke himself, told US Weekly Video. "It will be the scenes to end all Luke and Lorelai scenes. They are just fantastic. I haven’t seen them, but I’ve been told.”
13 A chance to remember Edward Hermann
As head of the Gilmore household, Richard Gilmore was always a force to be reckoned with, not just in business, but with his family. But the actor who portrayed him, Edward Hermann, passed away in 2014. This will obviously play into the new season of Gilmore Girls, and it's likely the series will take a chance to honor the actor, who deserves nothing but the best of tributes for his time on the show as the patriarch of the Gilmore clan. His absence at Gilmore family dinners will leave fans with a small hole in their heart, but here's hoping that the show still sets a place for him at that beloved table where Gilmore Girls often banter about their lives, their beliefs, and their loves.
Long before she graced the silver screen as both a bridesmaid and a Ghostbuster, funny lady Melissa McCarthy lived in Stars Hollow as Sookie, Lorelai's best friend and business partner. Not only was the character often hilarious, but she was the yin to Lorelai's yang and represented the best that female friendships have to offer. "I'm not crying, you're crying!"
At first, rumors stated that McCarthy would not reprise her role on the show, which would have punched a huge hole in the show's overall plot line, but fortunately, the actress confirmed that she would put on Sookie's chef hat once more and be the BFF that every woman wishes she had. We also can't wait to see her sharing more cooking tips with Luke (and his response).
11 Revisiting dinner at the Gilmore house
Who doesn't love family dinners? It's a time to get together and get awkward with the people who, unfortunately, know you best. And that was even more so the case with the Gilmore family dinners, which started as a tradition insisted upon by Emily Gilmore after loaning some money to her daughter for Rory's education. Those dinners remained a part of Gilmore Friday nights, and usually started with Emily imbibing something alcoholic, while admonishing her latest maid for her lack of simple service skills. Dinners usually involved big secrets accidentally getting spilled, while Richard overlooked all and did his best to enjoy dinner with three women fighting for control over dinner conversation. But in the end, one thing was always certain: this dysfunctional family loved each other, in spite of their differences.
10 Because Rory is us
The thing about Rory Gilmore is that we all love her, and there's a very good reason for that. We are all Rory Gilmore, or have been her at least once in our lives. We are all book nerds who would rather study on Spring Break over drinking and partying. We are all that girl, torn between three loves, including our first, who somehow got away and maybe it's our fault. We all wish we had that special relationship that Rory has with her mother, which is a perfect example of a good mother-daughter bond that also borders on friendship. We all have dreams we want to achieve, but still have self-doubt when it comes to reaching for our goals. We are Rory and Rory is us.
9 Team Jess
Who doesn't love a bad boy with a heart of gold? That's Jess, one of Rory's boyfriends, who was also the nephew of Luke. And although Jess made some pretty bad life choices, we still sympathized with him because life handed him a questionable deal. But he tried really hard and there was never one moment where we thought he didn't love Rory with all his heart. And there's also no question that Rory loved him.
There was also a much simpler reason we loved Jess: let's face it, he was hot. We knew it and Rory knew it. So we forgave his bad boy ways and hoped he'd repent.
Jess will return for the new revival of Gilmore Girls: is he and Rory now an item? We can't wait to find out.
8 Or Team Dean
Jess always had some competition, though, for Rory's affections: Dean. Dean was the exact opposite of Jess: he was the nice guy who worked at the local grocery store as a bag boy and did everything he could for Rory when they were dating. Perhaps it was this perfection that scared Rory away, though: because she ended up breaking up with him.
But Rory always maintained feelings for him, even after the whole Jess affair. And although Dean ended up getting married, Rory still made him the first person she ever slept with.
Here's the good news: Dean is still in Stars Hollow. Rory will definitely see him again. And this is a chance for the classic Gilmore Girls question: Team Jess or Team Dean?
7 We all need a Stars Hollow in our lives
Stars Hollow is the perfect town that we would all love to live in, full of wonderfully wacky characters that we all might actually know in our real lives. It's the idealized version of America where you've got the lusty dance teacher, the guy who has a new job every week, the balladeer, the grumpy diner owner, the even grumpier grocery store owner, and citizens who argue over the town's unique history.
Stars Hollow is that perfect blend of insanity, combined with its perfect New England exterior, that makes us all want to move there to live out the rest of our lives.
But all those quirky characters have one thing in common: they care for each other in their own unique ways and they always have each others' backs.
6 Paris Geller
Paris Geller is probably the most loud-mouthed, snobbish, rude, and obnoxious person to ever come out of Gilmore Girls, but that doesn't mean that we still don't love her. She is one of Rory's most loyal friends, in spite of herself, and has been there for Rory more times than we can count. Maybe we're a little jealous of her raw determination to be the very best at whatever she deems is important to her that week.
Eventually, Paris decided that she wanted to become a doctor, so we're anxiously awaiting to see if she achieved that dream and can't wait to laugh at her poor bedside manner. We also want to know if she and Rory are still friends and if they still manage to see each other often.
5 That theme song
"If you're out on the road, feeling lonely, and so cold. All you have to do is call my name, and I'll be there on the next train." We all know the lyrics to the Gilmore Girls theme song and we sing it often because it really does make you feel oh, so good about life.
The song also sums up the relationships on the show perfectly, particularly those between the mother and daughter team of Lorelai and Rory. "Where you lead, I will follow," isn't just the words to the show's theme song. It's much more than that: it's the show's theme.
Carole King wrote the song, and appeared on the series as a recurring character, Sophie Bloom. Here's hoping she'll show up in the revival.
4 A chance to binge-watch a new season of Gilmore Girls? Yes, please!
When Gilmore Girls first aired, Netflix wasn't really a thing that existed yet. We didn't have the option of watching full seasons at once, at least not until those seasons got a home video release. Now, though, we're living in a new age: if we want to binge-watch every single season of Gilmore Girls, we can.
But even better, we can also binge-watch the full season of the revival when it airs on Netflix, because that's how Netflix works. The bad news is that there are only four episodes and you'll get through them quickly. The good news, though, is that you can watch those four episodes over and over to your heart's content, and no one will stop you as long as you have a Netflix subscription.
3 Town meetings
Not only has it been way too long since we've visited Stars Hollow, but it's also been way too long since we've attended one of the town's meetings. Those meetings were always legendary, and usually involved some unintentional comedy. This was especially true when Lorelai and Rory are in attendance: the two often offer their own running commentary of each meeting, much to the chagrin of Taylor, who leads the meetings.
The Netflix series will keep up the Stars Hollow tradition: town meetings will happen in the new episodes. And they'll probably be just as entertaining, if not more, than those we're already familiar with.
In the meantime, we'll watch reruns of Taylor and Luke going at it over the ice cream parlor Taylor wants to put up in town.
Oh, Michel, how we miss you. That over-the-top French accent and eye rolling that always made us giggle behind your back.
Michel was one of those wacky characters that became so beloved, the thorn in the eyes of Lorelai and Sookie, but also one of their closest friends. How Michel remains so lovable is anyone's guess, given his generally grumpy attitude, surly demeanor, and crazy obsession with health. But he's one character we can't wait to see again on the Netflix revival of the show.
Michel is another reason to look forward to new episodes, too. Although we've learned nothing about Michel's history through seven seasons, we'll finally learn more about him this time around. Michel officially now has a backstory, and potentially even a romantic plot line.
1 Those final four words
When Gilmore Girls got the axe, there was one major mystery left unsolved. Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino often said that she knew exactly how the show would end. But fans didn't get that ending, because she left the series before its final season.
Now that Sherman-Palladino is back, though, will we finally hear the last four words she teased would wrap up the Gilmore Girls story? Since the show's cancellation, Sherman-Palladino hasn't told anyone what those four words are, but now she has a chance to give the series the ending she chooses.
There's a chance that fans will never know.
"Maybe I’ll eventually say the four words," Sherman-Palladino said to Vulture in 2012. "I feel like now I’ll let people down because it’s been so built up. ‘Really? That’s what we waited all these twelve years for? Well, thanks so much.’”