"Where you lead, I will follow, anywhere that you tell me to ...."
Even to Austin, Texas.
This year's ATX Festival, dedicated to television, will host a long-awaited (by not just us) "Gilmore Girls" reunion on June 7, held in honor of the iconic show's 15 year anniversary. Yes, it premiered in 2000.
Though the series finale aired in 2007, "Gilmore" was made bingewatch-friendly earlier this year when Netflix added the series to its streaming service, opening the door for a new generation to fall in love with the witty, fast-talking heroines.
The ATX Festival's event, which closes out the festival, reunites the show's creator and executive producer Amy Sherman-Palladino with her two leading ladies, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, for the first time since the finale. Someone better tell the festival vendors that it's time to stock up on coffee.
Also among confirmed attendees: Palladino's husband and fellow executive producer, Daniel Palladino, and cast members Kelly Bishop, Scott Patterson, Liza Weil, Keiko Agena, Danny Strong, Matt Czuchry, Jared Padalecki and Milo Ventimiglia. Edward Herrmann, known to audiences as Richard Gilmore, died in 2014.
In true Jess fashion, Ventimiglia was the last cast member to announce his intention to attend the panel. We knew he'd come back, though. He always does.
Bad news for those interested in high-tailing it to Austin: Single tickets are sold out for the panel. Good news, though: You can bet journalists, inspired by Rory herself, will be all over it.
There's also a "Gilmore Guys" panel on June 7, hosted by mega-fan Kevin T. Porter and "Gilmore" newbie Demi Adejuyigbe, who host a podcast of the same name.
Fans desperate for more news from Stars Hollow were all over Twitter following rumors of the reunion, hoping that it would include a movie announcement. Sherman-Palladino's exit prior to the seventh season amid a contract dispute left show-lovers (and cast members) wondering how the creator herself would have concluded the series and pining for more.
Lauren Graham may have said it best in 2013, during an interview with TVLine.com: "The fantasy would be to finish it the way she would have finished it."
There are so many questions: Would Luke and Lorelai ever actually get married? How does Rory do covering Barack Obama on the campaign trail? Does she ever get that avocado tree in her backyard?
For now, seeing all the familiar faces gathered together in one room will be enough. More than enough.