Amy Sherman-Palladino recently spoke with TVLine about the Final Four Words, which surprised a whole world of Gilmore Girls fans. And, while surprising, probably would have surprised those same fans even MORE had then happened 10 years earlier. And, yes, they would have been the same four words.
Amy Sherman Palladino notes:
“I always wanted [the story] to end in a Life Repeats Itself kind of way. 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. But I thought [it made sense that] after college and right before she’s about to embark on her life that this would happen.”
Amy continues that Rory still has choices, saying “Rory doesn’t have to keep the baby,” but that all she envisioned is that final curveball. Amy does say, however, that she’s happier that Rory had this happen now as opposed to Season 7, which would have perhaps been even more disastrous for fans:
“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.” 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.”
Although I have some issues with Rory’s whole storyline, the point was that the storylines were never meant to be complete. Amy says that “their lives keep going” and changing beyond her ‘ending,’ which is perhaps most obvious for Rory, the only one without the “calm” ending the other two Gilmore women received.
“Rory is, “Holy s—t. What the f—k?” That’s more real than if all three of them had lovely endings and we tied it up with a bow and everyone went home with a unicorn.”
According to Amy, when it comes to the whole topic of babies, she did wish that Lane had not become pregnant in Season 7. While she followed through and made them be great parents, it did close the door on them having more options for her, creatively, to play with.
As for future Gilmore Girls revivals? Right now, Amy says she hasn’t thought about it. Unlike for most of the cast, who relished in the 3-month filming window, for Amy Sherman-Palladino and Dan Palladino, the process was a year and a half long, from writing to release. They are “very tired” and happy to be out of the “Gilmore cocoon,” so to speak. Although that’s not fun to hear, Amy has always famously said that no door is ever closed for good!