Why Those Last Four Words In 'Gilmore Girls' Made Scott Patterson Mad
Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life is fast approaching, and fans are eagerly looking for any hint about what's to come in the revival. Referring to one of the most pressing mysteries of the show — the last words said in the series — Luke actor Scott Patterson addressed those final four words in an interview with TVLine. "I actually submitted a list of what I wanted the four words to be to [show-runners] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] and Dan [Palladino],” Patterson revealed. "And when I found out what the four words actually were, I was quite perturbed. They didn’t take [my suggestions]. So I made some phone calls and raised the roof a little bit." Patterson went on to describe the actual four words as surprising, and "clever," saying that they "made sense" with the series' end.
For those who are not aware of this crucial bit of Gilmore Girls lore, the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino first said in 2006 that she'd long known the ending of the show, and the four words that would be spoken at the conclusion. While it seemed that those words would be lost forever when Sherman-Palladino left the show in its sixth season, and the show ended after its seventh, the series' return in the form of a Sherman-Palladino-run Netflix miniseries promised that the series would get the ending it deserved. The Gilmore Girls cast has confirmed that the four words made it into the Year In The Life script, so all fans have to do is wait for the show to debut on Netflix on Nov. 25. Unfortunately, waiting is hard.
Since the announcement of the Gilmore Girls return, the cast has been forthcoming about those final words, though there haven't been any major spoilers. Lauren Graham (who plays Lorelai Gilmore) told TVLine that the words are spoken by both Lorelai and Rory (played by Alexis Bledel), though not in unison. Bledel herself said that she tried really hard to do the scene justice. “I felt a lot of pressure to try to get it right, to make it awesome,” she told a group of reporters at a recent event, according to IndieWire. “More than anything I was 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.”
One thing fans should probably try to do on Nov. 25 is avoid social media until they've reached the final words themselves, as I'm sure lots of people and news outlets will be writing about that ending. Sherman-Palladino tried to have each of the series' four installments released gradually for this reason, but Netflix chose to stick to its traditional marathon-ing model. "It's such a journey and it's such a build to the last four words," Sherman-Palladino explained at a Television Critics Association press conference earlier this year. "We live in an age where I knew people were going to go right to the last four words and then put it on the Internet and possibly spoil it for people who are going to take the journey."
Can the final four words possibly live up to the hype? It seems impossible, but I have a lot of faith in Sherman-Palladino.