The Gilmore Girls were the height of entertainment for 7 seasons, and ended May 15, 2007 to a lot of laughs, heart ache, and a truly beautiful goodbye.
At the ATX Festival this weekend, entertainment weekly sponsored a reunion panel that brought cast and producers back for one night to celebrate the amazing show, which included Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Jared Padelecki, Milo Ventimiglia, Scott Patterson and many of the supporting actors like Liza Weil, Danny Strong, and Matt Czuchry, with an empty chair for Edward Herrmann.
Here are some highlights from the big event:
On having such a fast paced script
One of the things that the show is so well known for is how quick everyone talked and their pop culture references. With so many quotes and unforgettable scenes, it became hard to keep up with at times. Lauren mentioned:
"They were at least 20 pages longer [than usual drama scripts] a script was usually 60 pages ours were at least 85. We almost never cut anything. We could never say 'You're not going to use this scene.' We just had to speed it up. [Soon] everyone in the town was on whatever that thing is that makes you talk very fast."
"You just fell in love. It's how it was. It was the pure page count per day. I have a really good memory which then became a problem."
On one of the most quoted lines of the show.
Said in a moment of exasperation, Lorelai came up with her new favorite catch phrase. The term was meant to shut up yappy people.
On the late Edward Herrmann
He was actually the first to agree to do the panel before his passing in December at the age of 71. Amy Sherman-Palladino spoke of him saying:
"I think I speak for all of us in saying we were so surprised [about his death]... I am so grateful I got to hear him say my words... He was a drinking, loving, knew everything in the world... He was our Mr. President."
One of the biggest debates that fans have is who Rory should have ended up with. Jared and Matt, who played two of Rory's suitors, surprisingly said they were "Team Jess" while Jess himself, Milo, said he was "Team Dean" adding that "Logan was a dick."
Scott Patterson put it best when he said that "None of you were good enough for Rory."
What happened to Luke and Lorelai?
Scott said that Luke probably either owns the diner still, or sold it and opened a bait and tackle shop by a lake with Lorelai visiting. Lauren said that they probably were married.
Will there ever be a movie?
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had this to say about the idea:
"There's nothing in the works at the moment. Here's the good thing: Nobody here hates each other. It would have to be the right everything, the right format, the right timing, it would have to be honored in a certain way. And if it ever came around, we would all jump in and do it. And if it ever happened, I promise you I'd do it correctly."
It was a night to remember for all involved and for the lucky fans that were able to witness it. For a complete play by play and all the questions, check out Entertainment Weekly's live blog on it.
One thing is for certain. After all these years, wherever the Gilmore Girls lead, their fans will follow.