Alexis Bledel suffered a mild case of whiplash when she learned what those infamous final four words were.
At Sunday’s Emmy-themed Contenders event, presented by TVLine’s sister site Deadline, the actress shared for the first time her feelings about Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life‘s twisty climax, which revealed Rory to be pregnant.
“It certainly wasn’t the ending I expected,” Bledel admitted. “I had told [series creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] that I hoped Rory would end on a high note after all of her hard work. I wanted to see her succeed and be thriving. So it was a hard thing for me to digest.”
However, Bledel — who will next be seen in Hulu’s series adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale (bowing April 26) — conceded that the bombshell was quintessential AS-P. “She knew what reaction she was going to get out of the audience. She’s delighted by throwing everyone a curveball. I knew that’s what she wanted and [so] I just trusted her.”
Bledel’s TV mom, Lauren Graham, had an easier time wrapping her head around the baby reveal. “I thought it was perfect, in terms of bringing the characters full circle… It took me a minute, but, ultimately I loved it.”
Of course, as Graham acknowledged, the surprise sent the franchise out on an unresolved note. “That wasn’t an ending,” she remarked with a chuckle. “That was a cliffhanger.”