After the excitement from hearing Gilmore Girls was coming back (on Netflix) subsided, this scene with Richard Gilmore was one of the first things I thought about.
Okay, I suppose he never actually promised, but it was implied, wasn’t it?
I was actually saddened when Edward Hermann passed as I had become very fond of Richard Gilmore, and in my mind, the two were one in the same. I loved that though Richard was a very difficult man, he was a romantic, tender husband, who also, at times, displayed genuine affection and a very soft spot for his daughter.
Now that I’m a dad, I’m beginning to better understand his (and Emily’s) resentment towards Lorelei. I’m thankful that I’ve never spent a day apart from my kids; I’ve seen them every day of their lives. I can’t imagine how difficult it would be if one of them cut me out of their life for 16 years. I’d be heartbroken, and I never really considered Richard and Emily to be heartbroken over Lorelei before becoming a father. Bethany and I are planning on rewatching the series, and it will be interesting to see how much more I relate with Richard, Emily, and Lorelei (as a parent) this time around.
The above clip is probably my second favorite Richard Gilmore scene. My favorite happens in the same episode, just a few minutes later. Lorelei enters Richard’s room, and shortly after, he awakes from a nap. For a few seconds, the two just look at each other, wanting to say something. The words never come but their looks say everything that needs to be said at the same time. I know that’s a cheesy, cliche thing to say, but it’s such an amazing scene and I don’t know how else to describe it.
Anyway, this interview brought back a lot of good memories, and while I’ll miss Ed Hermann and Richard Gilmore, I think Kelly Bishop is going to do a wonderful job honoring him through her portrayal of Emily as a widow.