Gilmore Girls Revival: Netflix Boss Nixed Staggered Release Because the 'Fans Would've Killed Us'

Gilmore Girls groupies bummed that Netflix is dropping all four 90-minute revival chapters at once instead of staggering their release (per series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino’s wishes) have no one to blame but themselves.

While speaking to TVLine at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos confessed that it was his fear of the fervent Gilmore fandom that led him to stick to tradition. “If we would not have [released them] all at once the fans would’ve killed us,” he said with a laugh. “I’m petrified of those fans; they are so passionate.”

Netflix announced last month that the continuation — titled Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life — would be released on Friday, Nov. 25 at 12:01 am PT in its entirety, despite series creator Sherman-Palladino’s plea that they be rolled out one or two at a time. “I told them I was going to hang myself with a shower curtain if they put them all out at once, and they said, ‘Wow, OK,'” AS-P joked at TCA, before elaborating on her thought process. “It’s such a journey and it’s such a build to the last four words… However, you don’t always get what you want. The good outweighs the bad in the sense that this is a wonderful place to create things and do things in a different way.”

Asked about fears that a reckless viewer might get a charge out of spoiling the Final Four words on social media before die-hard fans have even made it through the opening act of Episode 1, Sarandos acknowledged, ” Yes, people will do that, but people are also good at avoiding [spoilers].”

What side of the GG release-plan fence do you fall on? Also, are you planning to steer clear of Twitter until you’re finished with Episode 4? Let us know in the comments.