Gilmore Girls' famed 'final four words' lead to shock and questions from viewers
SPOILER ALERT: We're not messing around here, people. There are spoilers for Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life in here.
Seasonal beverages in hand, Gilmore Girls fans have no doubt binged the hell out of the show's long awaited revival: the four-parter Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, which debuted on Netflix over the weekend.
A bite-sized return to Stars Hollow, the reboot was supposed to give fans a satisfying glimpse into Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory's (Alexis Bledel) lives in the nine-odd years since the series wrapped up, and maybe clear up a few loose ends long left splayed (Team Dean? Team Jess? Team Logan?).
Well, that hasn't happened. With four parting words, the mini-series already has viewers taking to Twitter to caps-lock bash, "MORE! MORE!"
* Gilmore Girls review: A weekend in the life of a fan
* Girlmore Girls: It's a happy return to Stars Hollow
* Gilmore Girls: 15 things we hope to see on A Year in the Life
* Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life promises TV comfort food when we need it most
* Thank you 'Gilmore Girls' for raising my daughter
* Netflix's Gilmore Girls 2016: Five reasons to be excited about the revival
* Gilmore Girls reboot: Fans shouldn't get too excited
* Gilmore Girls to return with Netflix for a final hurrah
As is now TV lore, the show's creator Amy Sherman-Palladino had long hinted that she knew how the series would end - the "final four words" that would put a cap on the series for good.
But, departing the show ahead of its seventh and final season in 2006 due to contractual disputes with network The CW, she was unable to see her vision through - until the new Netflix series.
Fall, the mini-series' final episode, finally revealed those ever elusive, and long speculated, last words.
"Mum...", Rory says, sitting alongside Lorelai in a fancy pagoda on the day of her wedding to Luke.
"Yeah?", Lorelai replies.
"I'm pregnant," she reveals.
#GilmoreGirlsRevival NOPE. No no no. I don't accept that ending. A surprise 5th Episode please. Stat.— Kathleen McIvor (@kathleenmcivor) November 25, 2016
Unless there are going to be another 153 episodes of Gilmore Girls, I feel very unsettled with those final four words. #GilmoreGirlsRevival— Allison Piwowarski (@allisonpiwo) November 25, 2016
Raise your hand if you've been personally victimized by Amy Sherman-Palladino #GilmoreGirlsRevival— Marisa (@marisajglenn) November 27, 2016
Reactions to the words, from both viewers and cast members, have run the gamut.
Some have swooned at the symmetry, pleased at the callback to Lorelai's experiences as a young single mum in the original series.
"I was surprised for a minute and then it made complete sense," star Lauren Graham told The Hollywood Reporter.
Others, and by others I mean pretty much everyone else, have bristled at the open-ended finish, a lack of closure that's inspired the exact opposite outrage to, say, How I Met Your Mother's much-balked about concrete ending.
Fans are now waiting on news that might wrap up Rory's storyline. Like, for starters, who's the baby daddy?
In promising news, Sherman-Palladino has stoked viewer hopes in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, hinting that, despite the hyped 'final four', the end is still unwritten.
"We really had a very specific journey in our minds and we fulfilled the journey. So to us, this is the piece that we wanted to do," she said about the Netflix series.
"The whole thought about, is there more, is there more, is there more? This has to go out into the universe now. We've got to put this to bed. And then, whatever happens, happens."
- Sydney Morning Herald