Pie and coffee, ice cream and cake, chocolate and peanut butter, Pop Tarts and Red Vines...Some things just go together. And, one of those awesome combos will always be Lorelai Gilmore and Luke Danes of Gilmore Girls. It turns out that fans of the show aren't the only ones who think that that romantic pairing works well. The actors who played them, Lauren Graham and Scott Patterson, who are both reprising their roles for the Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, also agree that the two are meant to be. Let's start by looking at what Graham had to say about the duo.
His gruffness brings out her, sort of, flirtatiousness. There's a chemistry there. Over time they really connect. They need each other as balance; she lightens him up and he roots her a little bit, but it took a while to get there.
Lauren Graham is certainly correct that Luke helped bring out Lorelai's flirtatious side. Not that we didn't see plenty of it when she interacted with other eligible men, but there was nothing quite like the connection that was clearly already formed between the two characters when the series began. Their chemistry was obvious from the first time we saw them interact at Luke's Diner. It didn't take long for us to figure out that Luke's gruff exterior could only really be whittled away by Lorelai's lightness, and, in turn, Lorelai was often brought down to Earth by Luke's very grounded nature.
While Luke and Lorelai were already connected on a deep level when the show started, it took quite a while for them to finally make a go of an actual relationship. It wasn't until the Season 4 finale that the two shared their first kiss, which would set the characters off on a, sometimes rocky, but best-for-both-people romance that, we hope, has stood the test of time when we see them again. Still, Lorelai and Luke are very different people, and Scott Patterson, who also spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the couple, thinks it's for the best that the romance was a slow simmering one on the show.
That's good storytelling. If you have something that combustable, that incendiary, milk it, just drag it out as long as you can because that's the soul of drama. That kind of concentrated tension? You can stretch that out for a while and she [creator Amy Sherman-Palladino] did.
Ah, yes. The will-they-won't-they between Luke and Lorelai survived their many relationships with other people and had finally come out on top by the time the series ended its original run after seven wonderful and drama-filled seasons. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts November 25 on Netflix, so let's all hope that everything remains right in the world and that our favorite couple is still around when the four-part series is over.