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The long-awaited new season Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life has debuted on Netflix, with the famed ‘final four words’ spoken and explained.
The four-part Netflix revival picks up eight years on from the original series and opens with Lorelai and Emily Gilmore dealing with the death of Richard Gilmore, Lorelai’s father. Edward Herrmann, who played the role of Richard, died in 2014. As well as dealing with ‘mother daughter healing‘, the show’s legendary last four words spoken again carry as much significance for fans of the show as they always have – however, actress Lauren Graham says she wasn’t aware of how much they meant.
If you don’t want to see a spoiler, then look away now – but the final four words of in the last episode were part of an exchange that ended in “mom…yeah?…I’m pregnant” – reports Just Jared.
“I didn’t know it was a thing actually,” Graham told The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t know until halfway through filming this that those existed and then Amy told them to me on the set. I was surprised for a minute and then it made complete sense.”
She added that she felt “a lot of pressure to get it right, to make it awesome. More than anything, I was just trying to be really focused and really present just to make sure that whatever I did in the scene felt rooted in my experience of the character and I was communicating something that felt real to me.”
Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino said of the last scene: “It was emotional for like Lauren, Alexis, [executive producer] Dan [Palladino] and me, but you’re surrounded by a giant crew that only care about lunch and they want to move on and the [director of photography]’s losing the light, the [production assistants] are all talking to each other or on their headphones and we’re trying to get the extras to shut up…”
“You’re surrounded by people that don’t give a flying fuck.”
Speaking of where the show goes next, she added: “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. And the whole thought about, is there more, is there more, is there more – this has to go out into the universe now.
“And then whatever happens, happens.”
Gilmore girls makes its much-anticipated return with four memorable chapters from the lives of Lorelai, Emily, Rory and countless more Stars Hollow stalwarts.
Lauren Graham and co-star Alexis Bledel, who plays Graham’s on-screen daughter, also spoke about the revival series in another recent interview. “I’m sort of in a midlife crisis and Emily is kinda of like ‘how can I move on from this loss?’” Graham told Entertainment Weekly.
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Bledel’s character Rory, who was just starting out her journalism career on the campaign trail of then-Senator Barack Obama in 2007, is still working as a reporter in the revival series. However, according to Bledel, she has had something of a “rude awakening” following changes to the industry in the intervening years.