Warning: This article contains major Gilmore Girls revival spoilers.
Gilmore Girls fans have waited nine years to learn the final four words creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has long said she wanted to wrap the series with. The show ended its seven-season run on The CW in 2007, without Sherman-Palladino at the helm, thus robbing her of a chance to end the story on her own terms.
Back in 2009, she told Entertainment Weekly she had a different vision for Rory than what ended up onscreen all those years ago.
“I wanted different things for Rory. I wanted her to follow a different sort of path… [go] off on her own adventure, which I guess she sort of did.”
In fact, she confessed that she was so disappointed by the show’s final season she didn’t even watch it.
“I haven’t [actually] seen the last season, but I heard it from other people,” she said.
Yet, according to the Daily Beast, Sherman-Palladino had such a specific ending in mind that she knew the final four words of the series, words she refused to divulge to anyone until filming began on Netflix’s Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life.
Actress Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) said the four words were even kept under tight wraps on the Gilmore Girls revival set, with the script for the final episode simply stating, “And then the last four words are said.”
But when the veteran actress finally learned the secret four words, she was less than impressed.
“If it’s true, this is a really lousy thing to say, if it’s really true that those are the last four words then my reaction is ‘Eh.’ That’s it.”
So what are these infamous four words?
They are spoken by Rory (Alexis Bledel) to her mother, Lorelai (Lauren Graham).
Rory: “I’m pregnant.”
Sherman-Palladino told the Hollywood Reporter that it was “interesting” to finally see the words come to life when they filmed the final scene of the Gilmore Girls revival.
“It was emotional for, like, Lauren, Alexis, [executive producer] Dan [Palladino] and me, but you’re surrounded by a giant crew that only care about lunch, and they want to move on and the [director of photography]’s losing the light, the [production assistants] are all talking to each other or on their headphones, and we’re trying to get the extras to shut up.”
What did Graham think of the final words?
“I didn’t know it was a thing actually,” she explained. “I didn’t know until halfway through filming this that those existed and then Amy told them to me on the set. I was surprised for a minute and then it made complete sense.”
As for Bledel, who had to speak the much-anticipated words, she admitted to feeling “a lot of pressure” to make the moment feel authentic.
“More than anything, I was just trying to be really focused and really present just to make sure that whatever I did in the scene felt rooted in my experience of the character and I was communicating something that felt real to me.”
Sherman-Palladino said she hopes Gilmore Girls fans are pleased with the ending and the journey it took to get there.
“We really had a very specific journey in our minds and we fulfilled the journey,” she said. “So to us, this is the piece that we wanted to do. And the whole thought about, is there more, is there more, is there more — this has to go out into the universe now. And then whatever happens, happens.”
Did you enjoy the Gilmore Girls revival? What did you think of the ending?
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