The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival Ends With The Final 4 Words, But Can They Live Up To The Hype?
Since series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino left Gilmore Girls at the end of Season 6, fans have heard tell of the famed final four words. Now, in an interview with US Weekly, Yanic Truesdale, the perpetually sarcastic Michel, has confirmed the final four words will end the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival. "I know them because I read the script!" Truesdale told Us Weekly. "I always felt it was intriguing, like everyone else. I was like, 'How does she know the last four words?' But when I read it, I was like, 'Oh, OK. That makes sense.' I can see now why she knew that that would be said."
Sherman-Palladino, as well as Lorelai Gilmore herself, Lauren Graham, have been holding onto these final four words for a decade now. It was almost as if Sherman-Palladino knew somehow she would finally get to end the series the way she had always intended. At this point, the final four words have been built up to such mythic proportions, I have to wonder can the Gilmore Girls' last lines live up to the hype surrounding them? There is an awful lot of pressure on four little words to perfectly end one of the greatest television shows of all time — especially since the story has already ended once.
Whether you loved the final season or loathed it, the last scene was fitting. The series ended just as it began with Luke, Lorelai, and Rory in the diner. The focus was less on what was being said as it was on the mood and the finality of seeing the characters for what viewers thought would be the last time.
It wasn't a Sherman-Palladino caliber moment, but it felt right. Now these characters are coming back and there is so much excitement from the fans just surrounding the fact that there will be more of this amazing show that expectations are already running high. The four upcoming 90-minute episodes already have to be great. There is no room for error here. Adding the pressure of those last four words being the perfect conclusion to Rory and Lorelai's journey would make most series creators quake in their boots.
Luckily, Gilmore Girls has Sherman-Palladino on their side, a woman who wears jaunty hats and has always done things her own way. She crafted the last four words years ago, and, while the path to how Lorelai and Rory reach the end has changed, those words have stayed the same. Whether or not they meet fan expectations, the one thing you can be sure of is they meet Sherman-Palladino's expectations.
At this point, I cannot possibly imagine what the four words could be, or even if they will be funny or somber. In a show that has always been praised for its loaded, rapid-fire, oy with the poodles already dialogue, four words sounds like too few for Rory and/or Lorelai to say anything at all. The possibility that fans will be disappointed by them is very real. They could offer a perfectly fitting end, but after a decade of waiting to hear them, how can they possibly work for every single Gilmore Girls fan out there?
They can't and they won't. It is inevitable that some fans will hear those last four words and go, "That's it?" That is just the nature of television. Those last four words will be treasured by some fans, and loathed by others. My advice? Don't focus so much on the final words; focus on all the story that comes before them.
You are going to see Lorelai, Emily, Rory, Luke, and Stars Hollow again. For so many fans, Gilmore Girls truly is more than a show. You are getting to go back to your favorite television home — four words will not make or break that experience. Forget the myth and focus on the reality: Gilmore Girls is coming back. Let that be enough.
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