“Gilmore Girls” fans are getting ready to binge-watch as Netflix is about to release the complete revival series on the same day.
Speaking with TVLine at the Television Critics Association (TCA) summer press tour, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said that the decision to release all four episodes was due to the show’s avid fandom who pushed for the series’ revival in the first place.
“If we would not have [released them] all at once the fans would’ve killed us,” Sarandos said with a laugh. “I’m petrified of those fans; they are so passionate.”
Though fans will undoubtedly be delighted by this treat, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said that she would have preferred that the revival be rolled out one or two at a time.
“It’s such a journey and it’s such a build to the last four words,” Sherman-Palladino explained at the TCA. “However, you don’t always get what you want. The good outweighs the bad in the sense that this is a wonderful place to create things and do things in a different way.”
Sherman-Palladino left the original series before its seventh season. It was previously reported that the show creator originally planned to end “Gilmore Girls” with four words, and these words are expected to be said by either Rory (Alexis Bledel) or Lorelai (Lauren Graham) in the revival’s final episode.
Some viewers are on the fence regarding the binge-fest, since a staggered release seems to fit the revival’s premise. The titles of all four episodes are named after the four seasons, and a one or two-week wait between episodes would have been enough for the viewer to process the story and get a sense of the passage of time between episodes. The revival’s release schedule also brings up concerns about spoilers being leaked on social media.
When asked about fears that a viewer might spoil the show on social media before other fans get to watch the first episode, Sarandos said, “Yes, people will do that, but people are also good at avoiding [spoilers].”
“Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life” will be released on Friday, Nov. 25 at 12:01 PT/ 3:01 a.m. ET on Netflix.