How The Gilmore Girls Cast Feels About Continuing Without Richard

Netflix’s upcoming Gilmore Girls revival has a lot of people excited, but despite all of the bright stuff that should come from bringing the Stars Hollow gang back together, there’s still an underlying tinge of sadness to the whole endeavor. That tinge comes due to the fact that Edward Herrmann sadly passed away a little over a year ago.

As sad as the lack of Richard Gilmore will be for fans, it’s also affected the cast as they have headed to the new set for the first time. Recently, Gilmore Girls lead Lauren Graham explained to TV Line that the experience without Edward Herrmann was super emotional.

It was just really emotional. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say. There’s a line [in the script] about how time has passed and how that feels… and hanging over all of it is the absence of Ed, which, obviously the [revival] addresses. But that’s where we’re all starting from, and it feels so real. It’s hard to be here without him. You notice so many friendly faces and then a few that are missing. But more than anything, we just can’t believe it. All of the things that had to happen for this to happen.

The experience of returning to film a program that seems to have meant so much to most of the cast members who were involved would be have to be highly emotional. Then, factor in that one very special and important cast member sadly died before Gilmore Girls could make a comeback and the feelings get even more intense.

Although Edward Herrmann's Richard will be missing from the lineup, a lot of big names from the show's original run are expected to be coming back. Netflix has already gone to the trouble of confirming a slew of cast members for us, including the aforementioned Lauren Graham, but also Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Sean Gunn, Keiko Agena and Scott Patterson. Obviously, this still leaves plenty of room for other former cast members to make an appearance, which leaves us to wonder: Which of Rory's former flames will pop up? Will Melissa McCarthy find time in her busy schedule to pop up as Sookie St. James, or will Jackson have to grow vegetable without the help of his adorable wife?

A lot of the actors on Gilmore Girls have gone on to successful careers. Melissa McCarthy's a box office wonder. Liza Weil has a nice gig on How To Get Away with Murder. Jared Padalecki has been headlining Supernatural for some time now. Surely, not everyone will be able to come back, but it still should be a reunion to remember. You can find out more about the upcoming episodes, here.

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