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Rory's Return: What to Expect from the Gilmore Girls Revival

When you make your grocery run for an epic Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, will you remember to include coffee on your list? Because the triumphant return of Stars Hollow's favorite mother-daughter duo, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, just wouldn't be the same without it.

Set to be released on Netflix this Friday, Nov. 25, a four-episode revival of the WB/CW show has had fans buzzing with speculation since it was announced that the beloved Gilmore girls would be returning to the small screen. Gilmore Girls was a dramedy that ran from 2000 to 2007, first premiering on The WB and ending on The CW following a network merger with UPN.

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The series, at its heart, was about Lorelai Gilmore, a single mother who gave birth to a daughter, Rory (short for Lorelai), at age 16, and proceeded to run away from wealthy parents and a suffocating life. But it expanded to be about all of the quirky characters in the small town of Stars Hollow, as well as their relationship with Lorelai's parents, Richard and Emily Gilmore, after they reconnect when Rory is a teenager. The show followed the Gilmore girls through Rory's prestigious education and Lorelai's ultimately successful career. 

What should fans of the fast-talking family drama expect of the revival, entitled "A Year in the Life?" How much has changed in the lives of Lorelai and Rory since the original run's final episode aired back in 2007? 

Who's Back?

Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel) are both back, because it wouldn't be Gilmore Girls without, well, the Gilmore girls. Lorelai's mother, Emily (Kelly Bishop), is there as well, although Richard, Emily’s beloved husband, will not be returning, because the actor who portrayed him, Edward Herrmann, passed away in 2014.

Never fear, Lorelai/Luke 'shippers — Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) is back too. Word on the street is that, at least initially, the characters are together! Speaking of 'shipping, Rory's three boyfriends — Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan (Matt Czuchry) — all make appearances. And the fandom has been debating for months about whether Rory is, or even should be, with any of them in the miniseries.

Other than that, it sounds like just about all of our favorite characters pop up at some point over the course of the episodes: Rory's best friend, Lane, and her Hep Alien band members; Lorelai's best friend, Sookie (played by the now very well-known comedienne Melissa McCarthy); as well as Paris, Miss Patty, Babette, Kirk and more! Spotting the eccentric residents of Stars Hollow should be entertainment enough for fans, and A Year in the Life promises so much more.

How Long Is It?

How easy will it be to binge-watch the miniseries while you're in a leftover-turkey-induced lull? That all depends on how determined you are.

The Gilmore Girls revival will be in a slightly different format than the show's original presentation during the first seven seasons. Netflix will release all the new episodes at once, as the site does with all of its original series. Each installment will be 90 minutes long, instead of the usual hour fans are used to. Each episode is also set to take place during a different season: winter, spring, summer and fall, like the lyrics to "Where You Lead," the show's theme song

That's 360 minutes of Stars Hollow goodness, or 6 hours of warp-speed dialogue, to get through! Surely, many die-hard fans will be waiting up for the episodes to be released at midnight on the West Coast and the wee hours of the morning back in the east. Those who want to savor the show's return can work through the revival at a slower pace.

Why Should You Watch It?

If you were a fan of the original Gilmore Girls series back in the day, the revival promises to be a nostalgic treat. With so many beloved characters returning, it might be nice to take a couple of hours to go back to their idyllic small town and escape from the realities of everyday life.

But the revival isn't just giving us more of the same thing from the original run of Gilmore Girls. It's been several years since we last saw Lorelai and Rory, and there are bound to be a lot of new developments for fans to talk about.

Are Luke and Lorelai married? Is Rory the accomplished journalist she always dreamed of being? And just what are the words that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wanted to be the final four spoken at the end of the series, which were never revealed following her exit from the show before the last season? Sherman-Palladino has stated that those words will be included at the end of the Netflix miniseries, though they aren't spoken by just one person.

There's apparently a "Stars Hollow: The Musical" featured in the revival, and that has got to be worth a watch.

Additionally, if you like a feeling of closure at the end of a series, this revival will likely offer it in a more satisfying way than the somewhat underwhelming seventh season that aired so many years ago.

And if you haven't watched Gilmore Girls in the past, but are intrigued by all the excitement surrounding the revival? Well, this likely isn't the time to start watching, since you're 153 episodes behind everyone else, and that's a lot of history to catch up on in two days.

But if you do chance it, and watch the new miniseries with a devoted fan, be sure to follow Lorelai's rules while watching a movie, which are just as fitting here: "No talking during the movie. No exceptions during a true classic. And minimize distraction."

If you can't abide by those guidelines, it may be best just to retire to another room for the show's duration.

Welcome back to Stars Hollow, friends.