Where the Gilmore Girls lead, fans will follow, and many have been completely excited after the announcement of the show being brought back for a four-episode run on Netflix. While many of the original cast will be back, there is one character that will be sorely missed.
Ed Herrmann played Richard Gilmore, the patriarch of the Gilmore family who had to put up with a lot of antics at times, while being surrounded by some very opinionated women. The actor sadly died at the age of 71 in December 2014 of brain cancer and has been missed by fans and costars alike. Kelly Bishop played his wife, Emily Gilmore, and had nothing but kind words to say of her beloved friend.
"It’s going to be very difficult [without Ed], we so miss him. We’ve missed him since we found out he had died. It’s going to be very hard doing it without him, because he and I were buds on the show. We always did our crossword puzzles together in the hair-and-makeup room. That was one of our little routines. There was a comfort level... It’s going to be hard without him."
His death will not be something that is just glossed over, however. As he was such an important character it will be addressed and Emily will handle it in her own way. Bishop continued:
"Emily lost her husband, she’s kind of a raw nerve. In a desperate attempt to push through [her grief], she blows between right on the edge of losing it to almost being a little manic. [Richard] is certainly a presence, especially in that first script. And Ed’s probably going to be hovering around the set a bit and watching over us. I really do believe that. Because he really loved the show."
The episodes will run for 90 minutes, with each episode focusing on a season: winter, spring, summer, and fall. While there really isn't much we can know about what to expect, we can be sure that there will be some good, old-fashioned mother/daughter bickering between Lorelai and Emily.
"I think I would like to see [Emily], since she has been thrust into this [widow] situation, grow a bit. However, let’s face it, good comedy and good drama always comes from conflict. And there always has to be conflict between me and Lorelai. If we got along we’d all be falling asleep in front of our televisions. She’s a very confused woman in a lot of ways. She’s secretly very proud of Lorelai, and yet she’s really mad at her, ever since she was 16 and got pregnant. She’s still holding on to that."
It is nice to know that even in the face of sadness, some things never change. It will be sad not to see Richard coming to the Friday night dinners, or having a serious talk with his daughter, who always respected him, but it is nice to know that his memory will continue to live on in the revival.
I, for one, couldn't be more excited.
[Source: US Magazine]