At long last, we have an official release date for Netflix's upcoming "Gilmore Girls" revival, "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life," which will revisit our favorite Stars Hollow residents in four brand new 90-minute mini-movie episodes debuting the day after Thanksgiving. And with them will finally come the revelation of the show's famed "final four words."
For the uninitiated, those words are what "Gilmore" creator Amy Sherman-Palldino had intended to use in the series finale before a contract dispute led her and producing partner husband Daniel Palladino to leave the show before season seven. The words were never publicly revealed, though Sherman-Palladino eventually relayed them to star Lauren Graham, who said earlier this year that they are featured in a dialogue exchange between Lorelai and Rory (Alexis Bledel) in the final episode of "A Year in the Life."
As the news of the Netflix revival became official, Sherman-Palladino had said that she didn't want all four installments -- titled "Winter," "Spring," "Summer," and "Fall" -- released at the same time (the typical Netflix model), mostly in an effort to avoid spoilers and allow diehard fans the chance to properly digest every episode before diving into the next. Of course, she was overruled by her new bosses at the streaming service.
"I told them I was going to hang myself from a shower curtain if they put them all out [at once]," the creator joked during an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour this week. "They said, 'Can we help you with that?'"
Sherman-Palladino told the TCA crowd that it was important to her that fans would be able to find out the final four words on their own -- spoiler-free -- since it's been such a long wait for those who have been with the show since the beginning, and because these new episodes are such an emotionally-charged extension of the original series.
"It's such a journey and it's such a build to the last four words," she said, continuing:
... [But] we live in an age where I knew people were going to go right to the last four words and then put it on the Internet and possibly spoil it for people who are going to take the journey. However, you know, you don't always get what you want. Trust me. I don't have the ass I want. ... But the good outweighs the bad in the sense that [Netflix] is a wonderful place to be able to create things and do things in a different way. So, shower curtain will wait.
As for whether those final four words will indeed mark the definitive end of this "Gilmore" revival, Sherman-Palladino left the door open ever-so-slightly for the hope for even more "Gilmore" somewhere down the road.
"This is its own thing," Sherman-Palladino told the TCA. "This is what it is right now. We put these together, we told these stories and now we throw them out to the universe."
Where you lead, we will follow, ASP. We'll stay tuned for more.
"Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" hits Netflix on November 25.
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