Critic’s Notebook: ‘Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life’ Spoiler Talk — The Last 4 Words and More – Hollywood Reporter
[This article contains spoilers for the totality of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life, which premiered on Friday, November 25. If you’ve completed all four segments, read on. If you haven’t…Stop reading. Please?]
Due to sleep, or possibly camping out for an oversized flat-screen TV, I missed lurking on Twitter from 12:01 a.m. PT on Friday (Nov. 25) morning to see who the first moron was to click on the “Fall” episode of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, fast-forward through more than 95 minutes, transcribe the “last four words” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has been teasing for a decade and start tweeting them at any fan naive enough not to be offline or at least monitoring “mentions” carefully. And I missed seeing who the first reporter was to post a story with the headline, “The Last 4 Worlds of Gilmore Girls Are…” just to get the SEO juice. [If it was THR, kudos to us!]
The funny thing is that the last four words are actually only spoiler-y as what they are. Telling you the words before you start the six-plus hours of A Year In The Life viewership might cause you to watch certain things with a more jaundiced eye, but it’s not like telling you the killer in a murder mystery before you pick up the book. The purpose in watching remains and the ramifications and meaning of the last four words are meant to carry beyond what is presumably (but not necessarily) the end of the show.
When I reviewed Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, I did it without revealing any plot details outside of the first 15 minutes, but now seems like a good time to talk about some more spoiler-y aspects, especially those concluding four words.
Let’s get to them, shall we?
This is your last warning…
Rory: I’m pregnant.
I mentioned The Words to a couple colleagues who don’t watch the show — they begged me, I wasn’t just randomly blurting them — and the consensus was “snorts of derision,” but as a viewer and a fan, my own response was something closer to, “Yeah, seems about right.”
Sherman-Palladino’s story was one about three generations of women — Gilmore-by-marriage Emily (Kelly Bishop), Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel — and leaving the series on the cusp of a new Gilmore is surely appropriate. I’d add that Rory is almost certain to have a girl, because Rory couldn’t possibly have a boy, but Netflix has made a fair amount of hay from reversing many of the gender roles in Full House on Fuller House. Who would be surprised if we somehow found ourselves in 10 years with Gilmore Boys, a story about Rory raising her son — named “Richard,” surely — with the help of Logan (Matt Czuchry), Dean (Jared Padalecki) and Jess (Milo Ventimiglia)? If you claim you’d be surprised, you don’t pay enough attention to the churn of television. Probably Gilmore Boys would feature Lorelai as an occasional visitor, but Luke (Scott Patterson) would probably be a regular, perhaps as the blue collar counterpoint for whatever life of affluence Rory and Young Richard would somehow be living in, the salt-of-the-earth perspective Rory might want her son, newly forced into public school, to experience. The more I type, the more horrifyingly real Gilmore Boys feels to me, so I should probably stop.
Rory’s pregnancy, which played more like closing a circle to me than pushing for new episodes, raised a couple clear questions.
First: Who’s the father? We assume Logan, but does that require you to be one of the people who inexplicably likes the idea of Rory either ending up with or being permanently tethered to a condescending rich boy who thinks literally nothing of cheating on his fiancé with Rory, among myriad flaws? We know Rory has been too busy to break up with amusingly forgettable boyfriend Paul, but do we really think that the one time we saw him was the only time Rory saw him during this year, or might they have had periodic, forgettable nookie during the nooks and crannies between seasons? Certainly Rory’s one night stand with the New York City wookie happened early enough in the season that Chewbacca couldn’t be the father, unless Rory had follow-up bouts of wookie nookie because, again, a lot could have happened in between seasons that Sherman-Palladino didn’t tell us about.