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Yes, Gilmore Girls’ Last Four Words Are Actually Four Words

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Spoilers for the very end of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life ahead. If you have not finished the season and don’t want to be spoiled, close this window and come back when you have.

Well, it’s not “Gilmore?” “Gilmore, Gilmore.” “Gilmore!” But close! At long last, the decade-old mystery that has evaded Gilmore Girls canon and, thus, cheated the show’s fandom out of years of sleep has been revealed. We finally know how series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino intended to end Gilmore Girls before she cut out a season too early to complete it – more importantly, her final four words are a secret no more. Plenty a fan and cast member alike has speculated over what they could possibly be. There have been thousands of predictions, some far warmer than others, but oy with the stalling already! Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life ends with a simply shocking exchange between mother, daughter, and … granddaughter?

Rory: Mom?

Lorelai: Yeah?

Rory: I’m pregnant.

As Emily Gilmore – or at least Kelly Bishop – might say, Eh. Though for you and everyone else currently feeling for their pulse, it’s more like Ehhhhh?! Because a revival for a show that’s been dormant for nine years couldn’t possibly end on a full-stop, A Year in the Life concludes with a whopping surprise pregnancy for a cliffhanger. Whether or not those final words were, indeed, the work of torturer Sherman-Palladino or rather her Netflix overlords nudging for an open ending – might they make Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel another offer they can’t refuse for a sequel – isn’t for us to know just yet. (But, please, debate away.) One question we can, however, put to rest right here and now is the one you likely immediately thought: Wait, but those aren’t even four words, are they? Yes! Though you may have missed one of them — Lorelai’s subtle “Yeah?” — in the aftershock and thought that maybe Rory’s “I’m” counted as a two-for-one contraction. In the end, Sherman-Palladino kept her promise: The show goes out with four words, five syllables, and innumerable pitchers of coffee to stress-drink way down the line.

Gilmore Girls: The Last Four Words