Amy Sherman-Palladino took a number of precautions to ensure that her elusive final four Gilmore Girls words didn’t leak prior to the revival’s Nov. 25 Netflix release.
For starters, “We never put them down on paper,” she tells me in the above video. “If someone has a script with the last four words in them, they are not the last four words.” Additionally, when it came time to shoot the sequence — which arrives at the end of “Fall,” the climax of the four Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life installments — AS-P intimates that some decoy dialogue might’ve been put into play. “We shifted it around a lot, did a couple of rewrites,” she says with a laugh. “It was a little silly. It was a little cloak and dagger.”
It was also super emotional, particularly for Sherman-Palladino and her partner in crime, fellow EP Daniel Palladino, as well as stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel (aka the duo tasked with actually delivering the hotly anticipated words). “For the four of us, it was very personal,” she says. “We talked about how we’re going to stage it and how it’s going to go.”
Amy and Dan go on to explain why it was “kind of a fluke” that they got to stick to their original plan with regard to those final words (hint: it involves a certain season whose number we dare not speaketh), while also lightly teasing the revival’s opening “Winter” scene.
Watch the latest snippet of my Team Palladino Q&A above, and then check back in the coming days for more from the duo as well as Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, and Scott Patterson as TVLine’s “18 Days of Gilmore” scoop countdown continues.