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Lauren Graham says 'Gilmore' revival focuses on characters' 'journey of what next'

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Sarah Mulé
Alexis Bledel arrives for the world premiere of Violet & Daisy at the Elgin Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 15, 2011. Bledel said it felt pretty natural to step back into the role of Rory Gilmore for Netfilx's upcoming release of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI
Alexis Bledel arrives for the world premiere of "Violet & Daisy" at the Elgin Theatre during the Toronto International Film Festival on September 15, 2011. Bledel said it felt "pretty natural" to step back into the role of Rory Gilmore for Netfilx's upcoming release of "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life." File Photo by Christine Chew/UPI | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Lauren Graham said the upcoming new episodes of Gilmore Girls will focus on the "what next" in the lives of Emily, Lorelei, and Rory -- especially as the characters cope with the death of patriarch Richard Gilmore.

"Everybody in real life and on the show is dealing with the loss of Ed, with Richard," Graham said about the passing of Edward Herrmann, who died in 2014. "I think it raises a question for the three women for sure, sort of encourages their journey of what next."

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life will catch up with the town of Stars Hollow nine years after the series ended its seven season run.

"For each character who's living in a different decade, it's sort of the quintessential question: What does one face at this age?" Graham said.

Alexis Bledel, who plays Rory, said reviving her character brought back familiar feelings.

"It felt pretty natural," she said. "Part of Rory and Lorelei's dynamic was that Rory was always the adult int he relationship and Lorelei would sometimes act more like a kid."

"Now, [Rory] is out living her own life and taking care of herself and trying to survive her day to day, which is not easy, being a journalist in this day and age," Bledel added. "She's not that far along in her career, but she's been doing it for a little while. That's really been her main focus. It's had to be, for her to survive her own life. So coming back to see her mom is stepping back into that dynamic that has now matured into something else."

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Bledel also hinted that, while the show will revisit Rory's past relationships with Dean (Jared Padalecki), Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) and Logan (Matt Czuchry), there is one former love who might not be permanently back in the picture.

"It was great working with him again," she said of Padalecki. "He's always so affable and friendly and he's got great energy. Our scene was so fun to film."

Bledel then realized that she hinted that she and Padalecki only filmed one scene for the new episodes.

"I guess I just said that so oops!" she said.

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life premieres on Netflix on Nov. 25.

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