Gilmore Girls Revival: 9 Ways to Explain Sookie's (Possible) Absence

Gilmore Girls without Sookie St. James?

That scenario might break your Stars Hollow-loving heart, but alas, it’s one you might have to face when Netflix revives the beloved series with four 90-minute episodes/mini-movies in the very near future. (TVLine reported the revival news late last month, though reps for Netflix and Warner Bros. have yet to comment.)

Granted, negotiations with the show’s primary cast — Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop and Scott Patterson — are still underway. But given that Sookie’s portrayer, Melissa McCarthy, has gone on to massive big-screen success (and even an Oscar nomination) in movies like Spy, The Heat, Bridesmaids and the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, there’s a very real possibility she won’t reprise her role as the Dragonfly’s bubbly chef (and Lorelai Gilmore’s close confidante).

If McCarthy opts out of the project, creator Amy Sherman-Palladino will need some explanation for Sookie’s absence — and that’s where Team TVLine comes in. We cooked up nine ways — from the ridiculous to the tragic — Gilmore Girls can solve the “Where’s Sookie?” mystery.

Check out the gallery below — or click here for direct access — then share your own ideas for how Sookie could exit Stars Hollow.