‘Gilmore Girls’: Fans Absolutely Despise Lane Kim’s Final Story Line

Gilmore Girls may have started out as the story of Lorelai and Rory Gilmore, but Stars Hollow and all of its inhabitance quickly became important to the series, too. Fans of the show became genuinely invested in the lives of many of the townspeople, and no one character had more fans rooting for them than Lane Kim. Rory’s best friend was a trailblazer destined to breakout and do something amazing, and then she got married. Fans truly detest how Lane’s storyline played out but did her story lose steam because her real love interest left for another show?

Fans hate that Lane ended up married to Zach

Zach was, by all accounts, a strange character. Sure, he might have made a great bandmate, but seemingly a bit dim, and without any real redeeming qualities, he isn’t exactly what Gilmore Girls fans had in mind for Lane. After all, Lane was supposed to be destined for big things. She went through all the trouble of breaking away from her strict upbringing so she could play music. Her band was great, her desire to turn it into a popular act was impressive, and then her story just fizzled. It seemed pretty wrong to leave Lane married with children before the age of 25.

Screenrant notes that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life did very little to further Lane’s story, and for that, fans are pretty angry. In the end, Zach wasn’t what anyone wanted for Lane. Her attraction seemed pretty inexplicable in the first place, and her decision to marry him was entirely out of character. Ten years later, the fact that they were still together, living in Stars Hollow, left most fans feeling pretty disappointed.

Was Lane Kim supposed to end up with Adam Brody’s character?

Lane’s first real boyfriend was Dave Rygalski. Dave was, by all accounts, the perfect boyfriend. He helped Lane secure a gig in his band, and he worked tirelessly to win the approval of Mrs. Kim. Once he managed to do that, however, he disappeared from Stars Hollow. Dave’s absence was explained with a simple storyline about being in college in California. Lane and Dave’s eventual breakup is never mentioned, and he just evaporates.  

Eventually, Lane moves onto Zach, who she ends up marrying, but that’s not the way it was supposed to play out. Fans believe that Lane was really meant to end up with Dave, and there is a good reason for that theory. Dave Rygalski is actually a real person. The real Dave is married to Helen Pai, who happens to be the woman that Lane’s character is based on. She worked on Gilmore Girls and is best friends with Amy Sherman-Palladino.

So why exactly did Dave disappear? The actor who played Dave was offered a starring role on another show and took it. Dave was portrayed by Adam Brody. Brody’s first significant acting job was his recurring role on Gilmore Girls, but it wouldn’t be his last. In 2003 he was cast in The O.C. and appeared in the show from 2003 until the series ended in 2007. Brody couldn’t possibly work on both shows, and The O.C. was a far more expansive role.

Would Lane return to a second revival?

A second season of the Gilmore Girls revival might be in the works. While no one has confirmed if it is going to happen, the evidence of a potential second season is stacking up. If a second revival season does show up on Netflix, fans are hoping Sherman-Palladino will do better by Lane this time around. Will she actually return though?

Liza Weil, Danny Strong, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Tanc Sade, Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Matt Czuchry and Keiko Agena arrive at the premiere of Netflix's "Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life" at the Regency Bruin Theatre on November 18, 2016
Liza Weil, Danny Strong, Sean Gunn, Kelly Bishop, Yanic Truesdale, Scott Patterson, Tanc Sade, Alexis Bledel, Lauren Graham, Matt Czuchry and Keiko Agena | Amanda Edwards/WireImage

If Keiko Agena has anything to say about it, Lane will return to a second season. Agena, the actress who portrayed Lane for seven seasons, is excited about the prospect of returning. Back in 2018, Entertainment Tonight spoke with Agena about the series, and she was all for a second season. She said, “”I do think that there is story left. I mean, especially with Rory’s storyline.” How Lane would play into that storyline is anyone’s guess, but fans are hoping Sherman-Palladino will give the beloved sidekick a better ending than what was seen in Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.