A Year In The Life Almost Gave Lane’s Mom A Hilariously Out-Of-Character Storyline


  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life provided a satisfying update on beloved characters and beautifully incorporated callbacks while still introducing something fresh.
  • While Rory’s storyline made sense, the show missed an opportunity to explore a comedic and unexpected side of Mrs. Kim.
  • Introducing Mrs. Kim as a K-pop manager could have fixed the unfair treatment of Lane’s character and helped mend her relationship with her mother.



Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life provided a satisfying update on the lives of the residents of Stars Hollow, and viewers almost got the chance to see Lane’s mom having a hilariously out-of-character storyline. Although the limited series ended on a cliffhanger, it tied up most of the loose ends of the original and felt like a natural way to catch up with the beloved characters. It found a way to beautifully weave in Gilmore Girls callbacks, while still providing something fresh and exciting.

Most of the characters’ journeys in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life made complete sense. For example, Rory’s controversial storyline of being a freelance journalist struggling to find her place in the world matches what was learned about her in the original series. However, the show almost provided a comedic new storyline for Mrs. Kim that would have been a stark contrast to who she was portrayed to be in Gilmore Girls.

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Lane’s Mom Was Going To Manage A K-Pop Band In Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life

Lane's mom is talking to Lane in Gilmore Girls.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the creator of the show, Amy Sherman Palladino, shared that one of the storylines she was really excited about exploring in the reboot involved Lane’s mom. Palladino explained that she wanted Mrs. Kim to manage a K-pop band, and the idea came to her years before she knew who BTS was. While this would have made for a really fun plot line and provided a new look on the conservative and strait-laced Mrs. Kim, it was unfortunately cut due to time and budget constraints.

This Gilmore Girls Storyline Could Have Fixed A Huge Issue With Lane’s Character

While having Mrs. Kim take on an unconventional career path could have provided a hilarious element to Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, it also could have fixed a really big issue with Lane’s character. The way Gilmore Girls treated Lane was unfair, as she was continuously given the short end of the stick. From having to keep her musical interests under wraps to avoid getting in trouble with her mother to getting pregnant the first time she had sex, the show was notorious for creating a cruel juxtaposition between her life and Rory’s more privileged one.

Mrs. Kim becoming a K-pop manager would have shown that she had grown and could have even helped to restore her and Lane’s relationship. Lane and her mother could have used this new career as an opportunity to bond and develop a mother-daughter relationship based on mutual interest, rather than fear. Lane could have been in the K-pop band or helped her mother manage it, giving her a cathartic moment of not only being able to fully pursue her life-long passion but also not have to hide it or be ashamed of it around her family.

Source: Rolling Stone

  • Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life

    Release Date:

    Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson, Aris Alvarado, Sean Gunn, Frank Gallegos, Keiko Agena, Matt Czuchry, Yanic Truesdale, Kelly Bishop

    Comedy, Drama



    Season List:
    Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life – Season 1

    Story By:
    Amy Sherman-Palladino

    Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

    Streaming Service(s):

    Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino

    Amy Sherman-Palladino


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