(Warning: This post contains major spoilers from Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.) With the long-awaited reveal of creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's infamous final four words, the four-part Netflix revival of Gilmore Girls has officially come to a close. First announced in January 2016, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life revisited the fictional town of Stars Hollow and its eccentric residents roughly nine years after the show's 2007 finale. After such a lengthy wait, fans were eager to find out where an adult Rory and older Lorelai ended up, following the former's leave of Stars Hollow for her first post-college journalism gig and the latter's reunion with soul mate Luke after a protracted separation. But how does the Gilmore Girls revival end, exactly? And are fans happy with where we left the fast-talking protagonists this time around? Let's dive in!
The will-they-won't-they dynamic between Luke and Lorelai was a highlight of Gilmore Girl's original run, with the pair sharing their first kiss in the season 4 finale and Lorelai asking Luke to marry her in the final moments of season 5. However, the newly engaged couple grew apart in season 6 as they dealt with Lorelai's estrangement from Rory and the sudden introduction of Luke's long-lost daughter, April, prompting them to postpone the wedding twice.
Lorelai eventually gives Luke an ultimatum in the season 6 finale: Elope with her and get married, now or never. When Luke doesn't answer, a distraught Lorelai sleeps with Christopher and then, well, season 7 happened.
Luckily, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life gave Luke and Lorelai shippers the happy ending they always wanted. Despite a few bumps in the road — driven largely by Lorelai's sort-of midlife crisis in the months after her father's death (RIP, Richard!) — the lovebirds finally tied the knot in an impromptu midnight ceremony in the Stars Hollow gazebo. Surrounded by twinkle lights and what looks like a magical forest, Luke and Lorelai exchanged vows in front of Reverend Skinner, Rory, Michel, and Lane after stressing about the chaos of getting married in front of the whole town. And though some important people aren't in attendance — *cough* Emily *cough* — it's beautiful and damn near perfect.
Unlike Lorelai's story, though, Rory's ending in the Gilmore Girls revival didn't exactly give fans the answers they were looking for. After spending most of the four mini-movies working on her fledgling writing career and having a secret affair with Logan — despite her relationship with forgettable Paul and Logan's engagement to a French heiress named Odette — the revival ends with Rory and Lorelai sitting on the steps of the gazebo, looking out at their beloved town as Lorelai basks in the glow of finally being married to Luke. It's then that Rory speaks the first of Sherman-Palladino's final four words:
Rory: "Mom?" Lorelai: "Yeah?" Rory: "I'm pregnant."
Do you hear that? That's the collective sound of millions of jaws hitting the floor. Fan reactions to the final four words ranged from tears of happiness to righteous indignation after the cliffhanger ending left them with too many loose ends:
And that's all she wrote. Rory doesn't "end up" with anyone, let alone one of her three ex-loves; though we anticipate her book will be a smashing success, she's written just three chapters by the revival's end. In truth, the revival's ending begs for additional episodes, if only so viewers can learn who the father of Rory's baby is (Logan, presumably); whether there's still a chance for her and Logan (or Jess, who obviously never stopped loving her); and if, like Lorelai, Rory will raise her baby alone, should she decide to go through with the pregnancy.
In other words, someone get Sherman-Palladino and Netflix on the phone, stat.