In the mythos of Gilmore Girls, four words hold more weight than all of the (many, many) others combined. The last four words. During the WB and then CW's original run, writer and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino knew how the series would end, statement wise. Because she left the show before the final and seventh season, Sherman-Palladino was never able to pen the ultimate adieu, which means no one would ever hear those intended and precious last strings of consonants and vowels. After it was made clear that the Gilmore Girls revival would, in fact, feature the epochal four words, fans were clamoring to find out what they were, and what the cast thought of them. Kelly Bishop's reaction to the last four words, in particular, is one to note. Mostly because it would make her character — Emily Gilmore — exceedingly proud. And that's what were all here for, right? Making Emily proud?
During a Netflix junket for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, Bishop discussed hearing the last four words for the first time. Apparently the consequential phrasing "wasn't in the scripts." The final page simply read, "And then the last four words are said." Bishop, being the private professional actor she is, didn't pry for the information during the majority of her shooting time. However, when she finally did inquire about them, she remembered thinking, "Oh, I wonder if that's true. I don't know if it's true." She added, "If it's really true that those are the last four words, my reaction is, 'Huh.'"
Seems like the ideal reaction from the woman who plays the oftentimes cold, most-of-the-time distant, but all-of-the-time legendary Gilmore matriarch. Like Emily would probably be, Bishop was unroused by the last four words. The decorations at Emily's house might be fancy and full of frills, but when it comes to how she communicates, there are no dressings. Though to be both fair and tangential, the woman did once say, "When a woman gives birth to a crack baby, you do not buy her a puppy." So, she can be a Gilmore wild card.
It's not as if Bishop's less than amused at the way the revival turned out. The star said, "It's a wonderful show," and "I think you're all really going to be pleased with it. I hope the fans like it as much as they're expecting to. That's the only thing that scares me. I hope they're good with this, but I think they will be." (Let the record show that I think they will be, too. So long as Emily's there.)
As for her own character's arc, Bishop said, "Through the course of the four chapters, she manages to find a sort of, maybe serenity? She starts to get herself back into focus," even though in the beginning Emily is "way off." At least we can count on Emily's healing from the sudden and sad death of her on-screen husband, Richard Gilmore, and off-screen friend Edward Herrmann. Even if the last four words are lackluster, there's that.
Speaking of her relationships with other on-screen family, Bishop noted that she and Lorelai will find common ground by the time the revival concludes. "I would venture to say I think they are more like friends towards the end," she said. Lorelai "You and me — we're done" Gilmore and her mother, Emily, friends? Who would have known?
Gilmore Girls has done a good job in amping up the excitement for the final moments of its revival. Recently, a PSA on social media featuring leads Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel was released. In it, the two implored you to not share the final four words once you've heard them. As for any clues on what these words are? Graham told TVLine that the words are spoken by both Lorelai and Rory (played by Bledel), though not together.
To honor Bishop honoring Emily, when the final four words air on our Netflix-bearing screens, let's mutter a collective "Huh." Then maybe follow it up with "When a woman gives birth to a crack baby, you do not buy her a puppy." Unless the final words are "Crack baby, now puppy?" Then I guess we would have no choice but to scratch our heads in confusion.
Additional reporting by Samantha Rullo.
Images: Netflix; Giphy