For Gilmore Girls fans, season 7 is a sensitive subject. After series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, along with executive producer Daniel Palladino, left the show at the end of season 6 following contract disputes, the show continued on for what would become a fine final season — though not quite the show fans adored (hence the desire for a revival).
But it wasn’t just the fans who felt like something was off about season 7. “That’s the only time on the show that I would say, ‘This is not an Emily line,'” Kelly Bishop tells EW. “A lot of the writers had been on the team when Amy was there, but Amy has such a specific voice and, to me, it didn’t match up. Plus, we just missed her. She was our god; she created us.”
For Lauren Graham, it wasn’t until the cast got back together to film the upcoming Netflix revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, that she realized there was a chunk of season 7 missing from her memory. “Christopher [Hayden] and I got married in that season. When we came back to do [the revival], I say something about having been married or somebody says it to me, and I was like, ‘I was never married.’ I forgot,” Graham says. “They had to get one of the super-fan assistants to get on the phone with me to remind me. She had to tell me the whole thing. It just seemed so out of character that I literally blocked it from my memory. That was my season 7 experience.”
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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life hits Netflix on Friday, Nov. 25.