A lot to say about those last four words! Gilmore Girls fans have been in a tizzy ever since the Netflix revival revealed the series’ much-anticipated final conversation, and now the woman who wrote the exchange, series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino, is explaining where things go from here. (Spoilers ahead.)
Sherman-Palladino told TVLine Thursday, December 1, that she initially wanted Rory (Alexis Bledel) to reveal her pregnancy to mom Lorelai (Lauren Graham) back at the end of the original series, when Rory was 22. Sherman-Palladino left the show in 2006 before the seventh and final season and had to save the big reveal for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
“I always wanted [the story] to end in a ‘life repeats itself’ kind of way,” the executive producer said. “The daughter following in the mother’s footsteps. I always thought that was an interesting way to go, with these women who are so tied to each other and who make slightly different choices, but find themselves in interesting situations together. Because they are not like any normal mother and daughter.”
“I wouldn’t have made her a teenage mother,” she continued about Rory. “But I thought [it made sense that] after college and right before she’s about to embark on her life that this would happen.”
Sherman-Palladino pointed out that just because Rory is pregnant doesn’t mean she’s necessarily about to become a mom. “By the way, Rory doesn’t have to keep the baby,” she said. “There are choices here that she can make. It’s just the left turn. It’s that curveball that life throws you. I will say, weirdly, that I like it much more now. I still think it would’ve been cool [to do in season 7]. I still would’ve listened for the [fans] screaming out the window. But there’s something about Rory being the same age as Lorelai was when we first met Lorelai [in the pilot] that has a lot more symmetry and means a lot more.”
“And the fact that Rory has gone through this whole journey of trying to figure out what the f–k her life is going to be and thinks, OK, I figured it out,” she added. “And then, ‘Nooo, I haven’t.’ It’s also the time to be thinking about having a baby if you’re going to be thinking about it.”
Does this mean there will be more episodes? Sherman-Palladino said she doesn’t “rule anything in my life out,” but it’s probably best that fans not hold their breath for more answers in the near future.
“No one is talking about that right now,” she said. “We’re all very tired. I have to finish this Amazon pilot [The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel], which I’m very proud of. [GG executive producer] Dan [Palladino] and I have been in a Gilmore cocoon for a year and a half. It’s been very intense. So we’re stepping back now. We’re happy it’s out. We’re happy we can talk about it.”
Plenty of Gilmore fans have speculated that Logan (Matt Czuchry) might be the father of Rory’s bundle of joy, given their on-off romance throughout the four new episodes. Czuchry took part in a Facebook Live interview from the Facebook Media Central on Thursday, December 1, where he referred to Rory and Logan’s parting of ways in the “Fall” episode as “incredibly bittersweet.”
As for advice he would offer his character, the actor said, “‘Don’t marry Odette — chase down Rory and make it work. She is the love of your life!’ Odette, I always looked at as part of his family obligations.” To see the full interview, watch the video below.
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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is currently streaming on Netflix.
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