This was bound to rip our hearts out and, oh, it did. (Major spoilers for the revival within.)
Since the Gilmore Girls revival was announced in Jan. 2016, fans have been wondering how the show would deal with the death of the beloved Edward Herrmann and, as a result, the heavily-felt absence of his character Richard, the Gilmore family patriarch.
And, as it turns out (SPOILER ALERT), the plot of the revival is quite heavily influenced by Herrmann’s death: Richard’s passing is what fuels so much of where the Gilmore women are in their lives when we catch up with them.
The show picks up four months after Richard’s death, when Rory, Lorelai, and Emily are reunited for the first time since the funeral.
We also see a flashback to said funeral — and learn that Lorelai and her mother haven’t talked at all in the months since.