CHRIS CRAYMER for EW
Danielle Nussbaum
September 08, 2016 AT 03:49 PM EDT

Any true fan of Gilmore Girls will tell you that the show isn’t just about the love lives of a mother and daughter; it’s about the dynamic duo itself. Still, with nine long years to contemplate the romantic fates of Rory and Lorelai — and the promise of Dean, Jess, Logan, Christopher, and Luke all returning for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life in November — perhaps we’ve forgotten the point. Thankfully, Lauren Graham is here to remind us.

“I would be remiss if I didn’t say that [Rory and Lorelai’s] main strength, even if they believe in true love, is that they have themselves and they have each other,” Graham tells EW. “The show is sneakily feminist in that it’s always been great for them to have love, but they’re also okay when they don’t. That self-sufficiency is the first strength and that allows them to have these relationships. It’s why we sometimes bristle at: What team are you on?! It’s like: It doesn’t matter. Rory’s going to be great no matter what. And I think that’s an underlying message of the show, too.”

Alexis Bledel hasn’t spent the Gilmore gap silk-screening Team Jess t-shirts or imagining a future as the princess of the Huntzberger empire, either.

“I didn’t even think about it!” she says. “I was wondering what [Rory] had accomplished in her career. I wanted there to be a payoff after all her hard work. She set so many goals and had been so ambitious academically. That’s what I wanted to know.”

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Still, when asked if Lorelai and Rory believe in “the one,” both Graham and Bledel reply in the affirmative.

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“Ye—s. I’m going with yes… for Lorelai,” Graham says after a long pause.

“Rory probably thinks the same. I think…. Yes?” agrees Bledel.

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts on Netflix on Nov. 25.

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