It seems these days, all anyone can talk about is the “Gilmore Girls” revival and what exactly the show will look like when Netflix allows fans to return to Stars Hollow again.
Kelly Bishop, who plays Gilmore family matriarch Emily Gilmore, has helped to shed a little light on the subject. Speaking to TV Line, Bishop explained where the revival will pick back up, and how the four 90-minute episodes will address the loss of Richard Gilmore, Emily’s husband.
In December 2014, Edward Herrmann, the actor behind the fan-favorite Gilmore grandfather, passed away, meaning that Richard will not be a part of the new revival. Bishop’s comments on how it felt getting back into the series without her on-screen husband might bring a tear to your eye.
“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, obviously, were older [than the rest of the cast]. But we were also New York actors, and we connected very well. 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…. [sighs] It’s going to be hard without him.”
To account for his absence, Bishop revealed that Richard Gilmore will have passed away when “Gilmore Girls” picks back up, and the result is a very forlorn Emily.
“Well, because of the fact that Emily lost her husband, she’s kind of a raw nerve,” Bishop says. “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.”
According to Bishop, the first of the four scripts deals most heavily with Richard’s loss, but she also says she hasn’t finished reading yet, which means she doesn’t know the famed four words that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wrote to end the series all those years ago.
While she might have resisted spoiling herself, Bishop says she couldn’t have ever resisted coming back for the revival. “This show is so deeply important to me, on so many levels,” says Bishop. “It was just one of those situations where I was doing a really wonderful character with amazing writing with really good people.”