Gilmore Girls: A Year in Life imitated the mysterious finale of The Sopranos, and it will be so if a season 2 doesn’t happen.
A cult classic in its own right, Gilmore Girls is one of the most successful female-led shows in the history of American television. Despite opening to average ratings, the series went on to become the flagship series for WB.
A dramedy about the relationship between a young single mother and her daughter, the series found widespread acclaim for its witty dialogue-infused style and heart-warming storylines.
Time magazine picked Gilmore Girls as one of the “100 greatest television shows of all time” in 2007. The series still enjoys a dedicated fan base, which is one of the primary reasons why Netflix revived it as a mini-series in 2016, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
- Everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo: Lorelai and Rory
- Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – The revival that ended The Sopranos style
- Is there a possibility of a season 2 or is this it?
Everyone’s favourite mother-daughter duo: Lorelai and Rory
Gilmore Girls is about a young mother in her early thirties, Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and her 16-year-old Rory (Alexis Bledel), as she balances her work with motherhood in the town of Stars Hollow.
Rory studies in a posh private school and the show focuses on the lives of the mother and daughter as they deal with issues revolving around relationships, friendships, education, careers, success and failure. Rory eventually goes to Yale to study, showcasing not just Lorelai’s success as a single mother but also her hard work being paid off.
It was one of the most popular shows on The WB between 2000 and 2005 and one of the few shows that made the cut and picked up by The CW when The WB became dysfunctional.
However, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino was not retained due to disagreements between her and the network, and this had a negative impact on the final season’s content. Season 7 was substandard in its plotline and led to the cancellation of the series.
The revival that ended The Sopranos style
Gilmore Girls found a brand-new viewership with its arrival on Netflix in 2014. It became one of the most binged shows on the streaming platform, which prompted the decision to revive the comedy-drama.
In 2016, premiered Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life to a thunderous response from viewers and critics alike. In the same month, Netflix saw an unprecedented increase of 7.02 million subscribers. The mini-series had four episodes and featured Lorelai’s wedding and ended on a major cliff-hanger. The final episode ended with Rory telling her mother that she was pregnant before the screen turned black, leaving fans speculating about the identity of the father.
Many fans compared this ending with that of The Sopranos, HBO’s 1999 crime-drama, The Sopranos also ended on a mysterious note with its final moment hinting at the possible death of its protagonist, Tony Soprano, but not really showing anything. Hence, no one knows what exactly happened to the character.
Lauren Graham mentioned this comparison in an interview as she said, “Someone compared it to the end of The Sopranos where it left a little bit of a question in the air, which was similarly controversial but artistically satisfying. I don’t know.”
Is there a possibility of a season 2?
Original show-runner and the creator of the revival series, Sherman-Palladinohas, revealed her keenness on returning with more episodes saying, “We are absolutely open to do more. You know, I talk to Lauren constantly. And we’re very tight with Milo [Ventimiglia], Kelly [Bishop], and Alexis. We’re tight with the Gilmore family. It’s not anything other than we need the right story, the right format, and the right timing. It’s nothing more than that, it’s not that we have it in our deal and Amazon will let us go do it. So it’s not about anything other than it was sort of kismet the first time. And I feel like it needs to be kismet if we do it again.”
However, there is no confirmation yet and it has already been four years since the last episode aired. If Netflix decided against bringing back the mini-series for a season 2, then its ending will be pretty much like that of The Sopranos, leaving fans with question that might never be answered. So, dear Netflix, what will it be?
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