‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Will Begin with a Death, Deals with Lorelai’s ‘Midlife Crisis’

It seems like the Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will start things off on a somber note.

According to stars Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham, the upcoming Netflix revival begins with the death of Richard Gilmore (the late Edward Herrmann) and how the three generation of Gilmore women handle his passing. Set eight years after the events of the original series finale, the premiere will focus on the family coming together in Stars Hollow to grieve.

“Rory has been working in the field of journalism for eight years and the field changed very dramatically from when she first started … so she has been chasing stories whenever she can and staying with friends from different cities in the process,” Bledel tells Entertainment Weekly of her character, Rory. “She’s coming back home to go to her grandfather’s funeral and see her mother, who she hasn’t seen in a long time. And that’s where we pick up.”

“Everybody in real life and on the show are dealing with the loss of Richard,” Graham says. “I think it raises a question for … just the three women, for sure. It sort of encourages their journey of ‘what’s next?'”

“I’m sort of in a midlife crisis,” she adds of Lorelai, “and I would say Emily, my mom, is kind of [like], ‘How can she move on from this loss?'”

Kelly Bishop, who plays the Gilmore matriarch, says the four-parter will see Emily try new things now that she’s faced with living alone.

“Emily is dealing with widowhood and it’s a huge part of the whole thing for her,” the actress tells E! News. “She has different adventures, some of them are funny, some of them are sad. She’s just kind of plodding along trying to find herself, how she does it now, what it means.”

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix Friday, Nov. 25.