06/06/2015 09:40 pm ET Updated Jun 06, 2015

'Gilmore Girls' Reunion At ATX Festival Honors Edward Herrmann

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The "Gilmore Girls" reunion Saturday started with creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on stage with what she called her "trinity." Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory) and Kelly Bishop (Emily) took the stage to frenzied screams from fans, many of which have been waiting in line outside the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas, for hours.

But the panel couldn't really start without mention of Edward Herrmann (Richard), who Sherman-Palladino said was first to join in on the reunion:

Herrmann died on December 31, 2014. An empty chair was added to the stage Saturday night in his honor.

A montage set to the song Richard dedicated to Emily at their wedding anniversary episode ("Wedding Bell Blues") played in the background:

When asked where she thinks her character, Emily, would be today, Bishop replied:

Lauren Duca is currently covering the ATX Television Festival for The Huffington Post. Follow her on Twitter @laurenduca and expect much more to come!



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