The Final Four 'Gilmore Girls' Words Might "Throw" Viewers, But That's Exactly How It Should Be
In the lazy, hazy, crazy days leading up to the Gilmore Girls revival, it's likely safe to say that four massively influential words hold a heavy place in the heart of every fan. OK, mostly in the heart of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, who has been keeping the (intended) last words of Gilmore Girls a secret ever since she left the show before its final season — but still. If you're not familiar with Gilmore Girls' much-talked about "final four words" — during the show’s original run on The WB, Palladino knew how the series was going to end, right down to the final four words. Because Palladino did not pen the last episode, those words never got to see the light of day. Now, however, with the Netflix revival in full swing (it’s currently filming) Palladino’s dreams will come true — as will fans'. Because, as Alexis Bledel and Lauren Graham (Rory and Lorelai themselves!) revealed to Entertainment Weekly, the Gilmore Girls closing words are definitely in the revival. However, for the record, they might also "throw" viewers.
No one except the actors and Sherman-Palladino herself will know what the final four Gilmore Girl words will be until the series is released (though my best guess is either: “You imagined this all,” “There were never poodles,” or "I've been drinking decaf"). We do know, however, thanks to Bledel and Graham, that the ending lines might leave us hanging. As Bledel told EW: "If anyone knows [Sherman-Palladino's] storytelling they’ll maybe know what to expect. I honestly don’t know what to say about it without using specifics. It does kind of, hmm, it does kind of throw you."
However, even with this in mind, I'm convinced Sherman-Palladino will not let us down. Why? Because she’s Amy-Sherman Palladino. She’s the genius behind this whole operation. If anyone knows how to end the thing, it’s her. She hasn’t led me wrong thus far. (Perhaps that’s because where she leads, I have always followed?)
So according to Bledel, the final statement will be non-resolute — but here's the kicker. This non-closure closing? It's exactly how these characters should have had their final goodbye years ago. Because it's true to the ethos of the series. A real, complicated, sometimes unclear succession of events. It's true to life.
Graham confessed to Entertainment Weekly that the final word speaker is not just one person. Upon hearing the lines for the first time, she admitted, “For some reason, my first question was, ‘Who says them?’ Because I assumed it was one character, when it’s two. It’s not as resolved as I thought they would be. I thought they would be, ‘Honey I’m home!’ or something like, ‘Goodbye, small town!’ So I was like, ‘Oh? Really?’”
Wait. Two characters?! That gives us much needed intel. It means that each character can’t say more than three words. How do you wrap up your final thoughts with a sentence composed of three words? Oh wait, you don’t. According to Graham, “To read the final episode, it’s not totally final. In the horror movie equivalent, all the aliens are dead. Wait. No, they’re not! I keep saying, ‘Hey, does anyone else notice this isn’t actually an ending?’ Amy and Dan [Sherman-Palladino] just giggle at me.” Amy and Dan know something that we don’t know. (Everything, they know everything.)
Even with this in mind, though — I don't know about you, but I'm ready to be thrown.
You jump, I jump, Sherman-Palladino.
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