Tonight, Lauren and I will be saying farewell to some people we’ve grown accustomed to spending Tuesdays with. Gilmore Girls is airing its series finale tonight, and it’s going to be hard for us to let Lorelai, Rory, Luke, Kirk, and the others fade-out for the last time.
To tell you the truth, we’re kind of broken up about this (well, for a TV show, anyway). The news is pretty unexpected; they only announced this decision two weeks ago, after the episode had already filmed. In other words, when it was written and taped, there was still a pretty strong possibility that the show would be coming back for an 8th season. Apparently, the contract details for Alexis Bledel were never solidified, so things will end here.
Hardcore Gilmore fans are pretty upset, as there doesn’t seem to be enough time for closure for the major plotlines. The 6th season was a rough one (for most fans, anyway), and the shows producers, writers, and creators, Amy Sherman-Palladino and her husband Daniel Palladino, left at the end of it. David Rosenthal took over for this 7th season amid mixed reviews.
But I think all fans would agree that at least one more season would have been nice. This was certainly not the way most people imagined it ending.
Lauren and I started watching it during its first season. I hadn’t expected to like it, but the show’s writing was a pleasant surprise. The repartee that the cast shared was always witty, fast, and intelligent, and even the secondary and tertiary characters were vibrant and quirky. There were some truly fantastic moments in its 7 year history, and it seemed to be a favorite for fans and critics alike.
We’re going to have quite a void to fill on Tuesday nights now. And while I could definitely use one less thing to take up my time, I’m really going to miss this show.
So long, Gilmores…