If you’ve seen Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, you will know by now that the final four words are… controversial. As we expected, they were back and forth between Lorelai and Rory. And they rocked the finale in a way very few other statements could have.
Whether you loved them, or hated them, they left the series both open and closed. Let me talk about what I mean.
During the Fall finale of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, as much was wrapped up as was left open. We had beautiful closure with Dean (the first scene to make me cry, actually!). Luke & Lorelai resolved their issues and got married. Emily found herself again. But Rory? Rory was left meandering the same path she has always wandered. She circles around trying to find herself, often waiting for someone else to tell her what to do. She remained as lost as she always was, despite her many successes of the past.
And yet, her moment to find herself has arrived. She’s found a calling as a writer for a new book (Gilmore Girls), which is so meta it harks of a finale, and yet what will she do after that? Will she remain just as lost as she is now? And let’s look further, at her love life. She’s still not found ‘Rory,’ still chasing after Logan when he’s nearly married (did she not learn from Dean?). Cheating on her own poor forgettable boyfriend. And Jess. There’s always Jess, isn’t there? He circles around, being Jess. Pushing Rory. Being there for Rory. And glancing at her with… regret? longing? consideration? That’s a loose end that isn’t really tied up, is it?
And those final four words:
A bombshell of a revelation. One which brings us full circle back to Lorelai and how she found herself in her whole motherhood journey. And to say that Amy Sherman-Palladino always knew these four words were the end suggests that Rory would have been pregnant right after, or soon after, graduating from Yale. That would have been even more of a bombshell, I think. Would have been more disastrous, given Rory’s ambition and the years we’ve seen her drive toward a journalism career.
Now, she’s been there. She’s tried that. It didn’t work out the way she expected, but motherhood has presented itself as her next adventure. There’s some closure in that. There’s a feeling of finality. It has caused her to reflect on her own childhood. On her mother. Her father. And how she envisions herself as a mother. I don’t think we would have seen that maturity 10 years ago, but we see it now.
So, there’s a feeling that Rory is embarking on an adventure that mirrors that of Lorelai and it feels ok. It could feel closed.
But also it doesn’t. We see Jess and that look he gives Rory. We wonder how Rory will juggle telling Logan about the baby. If she tells him. We wonder if she will reject him. If she will decide to remain single. We wonder how she will find herself, after writing her book. We wonder a lot. And that could be the room we need for more. But would that more be repetitive, with the same plot lines revolving around endlessly (is it Jess or Logan? What will Rory do? Aren’t these endless questions?)
So, I can see both sides. I can see closure and I can see opportunity. What do you see?