Start building up your caffeine tolerance and grab your finest coffee mug—after a lot of months of (now and again harrowing) rumors, Netflix finally confirmed Friday afternoon that a “last season” of Gilmore Girls will find a home on the streaming-and-chill platform.
The original series, which aired for 7 seasons from 2000-2007, followed Lorelai Gilmore, her daughter Rory, and the occupants of Stars Hollow—the show’s fabricated New England township. Now, 9 years later, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is coming back to the helm as executive producer, joined by her hubby Daniel Palladino (also an EP). Collectively, they will compose and direct all of the episodes in this final season.
Netflix confirmed that a lot of the original series’ core cast members are returning, including Lauren Graham (who played Lorelai Gilmore), Alexis Bledel (Rory Gilmore), Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore), Scott Patterson (Luke Danes), Sean Gunn (Kirk Gleason), and Keiko Agena (Lane Kim).
Notable exclusions from the list, however, include Liza Weil (Paris Gellar), Yanic Truesdale (Michel Gerard), and Luke’s ever-present baseball cap. Only the latter, at any rate, is a good bet. Less clear? Melissa McCarthy, once Lorelai’s friend Sookie St. James, now a movie star.
There is no final word on the title or premiere date for the season, and Netflix hasn’t yet dealt out confirmed details on number of installments or where, exactly, this final season fits into the Gilmore Girlsiverse. Will Luke and Lorelei find their happy ending almost a decade later? What becomes of Luke’s Diner? Is Lane touring the world and making some boy with long hair carry her drums?
Regardless the events of the final season, though, there’s one issue Sherman-Palladino must solve, and that is the problem of Rory’s Exes. All intolerable in their own right (yes, even Jess), they exhibited varying degrees of horridness but shared a single common trait in that none of them deserved Rory. If the new season’s going to win hearts and make itself a worthy successor, Gilmore Girls must finally find Rory a suitable partner ono is r—God forbid—no partner at all.