Rory’s dance card is officially full.
Jared Padelecki is set to return to Netflix’s four-episode Gilmore Girls continuation as Dean, TVLine has confirmed. The Supernatural actor’s casting ensures that the upcoming revival will feature Rory’s three most significant love interests (joining Matt Czuchry’s Logan and Milo Ventimiglia’s Jess).
Quick refresher: Dean disappeared from Gilmore when his romance with Rory — rekindled while he was still married to Lindsay — fizzled after he realized the teen sweethearts had grown too different. His final appearances came in Season 5, when he warned Luke against planning a future with Lorelai.
Padalecki is currently shooting Supernatural Season 11 in Vancouver. The fact that both Supe and Gilmore Girls are produced by Warner Bros. likely streamlined negotiations.
Amy Sherman-Palladino and exec producer Daniel Palladino (AKA Team Palladino) will write and direct the entire revival, which will consist of four 90-minute episodes/mini-movies. As TVLine exclusively revealed, each chapter will represent a different season over the course of one calendar year (as such, the episodes will be titled “Winter,” Spring,” Summer” and “Fall”). The revival will be set in the present day, or roughly eight years after the series ended.
Flip through the gallery below to review the current revival cast list (refresh for the latest’ — new names are are being added on a daily basis). And then hit the comments with your reaction to Dean’s return!