From mega movie star Melissa McCarthy to adorable pup Paul Anka, pretty much everyone made the trip back to Stars Hollow for the upcoming Netflix special Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. Fans are preparing for a feel-good reunion of Gilmore porportions this November, but sadly, there will be one major character missing. Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel talked to PEOPLE about how the death of Edward Herrmann impacted the revival series.
“He would have loved this [new series],” Graham says of Herrmann. “His death was just a loss for us personally. It’s given the show a new complexity and depth. It’s a nice tribute to him.”
“He was wonderful to work with,” Bledel said. “Very generous and such a great presence to have on-set always.”
In the original run of Gilmore Girls, Herrmann played the officious but often loving businessman Richard Gilmore, father to Graham’s Lorelai and grandfather to Bledel’s Rory. Herrmann died of brain cancer at the end of 2014.
Back in February, before filming for A Year in the Life began, Kelly Bishop (who plays Richard’s wife Emily Gilmore) spoke to TVLine about how hard filming the revival would be without him. “We so miss him. We’ve missed him since we found out he had died,” she said. “It’s going to be very hard doing it without him, because he and I were buds on the show. We, obviously, were older [than the rest of the cast]. But we were also New York actors, and we connected very well. We always did our crossword puzzles together in the hair-and-makeup room. That was one of our little routines. There was a comfort level…. [Sighs] It’s going to be hard without him.”
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will premiere on Netflix on Nov. 25.