Life was always a little too idyllic in Stars Hollow, the fictional Connecticut town where Gilmore Girls is set. But in an interview with Vulture’s Jen Chaney, co-executive producer Daniel Palladino — who’s married to creator Amy Sherman-Palladino — suggested that darkness lies beneath the show’s adorably quirky surface. (Some spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.)
When Chaney mentions that Luke and Lorelai’s wedding in the fourth episode takes place just days before the presidential election, Palladino says they were tempted to include some reference to Hillary Clinton, whom they assumed would be the president-elect by the time the Netflix revival came out, but decided against it. “Amy and I are dyed in the wool liberals and very left wing,” Palladino says. “But the show, we always wanted it to be bipartisan and Stars Hollow is a — probably voted for Trump, mainly …”
But Sherman-Palladino isn’t having it:
ASP: No. No, no, no, no.
DP: Oh, I think they did.
ASP: No, no, no, no, no.
DP: It’s rural America!
ASP: No, no, no, no, no. There is no evilness in Stars Hollow. Do not put that out there, I do not accept that. Absolutely not.
DP: Okay, maybe it’s a …
ASP: No. No.
DP: … clean, liberal …
ASP: No. No.
DP: … maybe.
ASP: No. No, no, no. The problem is that if we had known Satan was taking over the world we would have needed a whole other budget for, like, dragons and flying demons and, you know, like the sun disappearing from the world. Winter is coming. It would have been so expensive the way we would have needed to do it, had we known that the apocalypse was coming. It’s good we didn’t, so we didn’t have to spend all that money on horns, harpies — and Minotaurs and women with snakes.
Trump in Stars Hollow? That certainly would’ve altered those famous four final words.