Has Alexis Bledel Been Secretly Shading the ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival?
If you thought termites, a dearth of whole been coffee suppliers or Taylor Doose were real dangers to Gilmore Girls' town of Stars Hollow, consider that there might be a graver, more insidious threat working from the inside: show star Alexis Bledel.
Bledel, who plays the show's bookish protagonist Rory, seemed thrilled when news broke in March that Netflix planned to revive the show (Gilmore Girls originally ran as a WB/CW series from 2000-2007). But as production began, and in subsequent pre-premiere interviews that followed, Bledel's words took a more pointed tone, and one that became all the clearer once Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life finally premiered on the streaming service on November 25. Suddenly, her musings on Rory felt a little less analytical and a bit more steeped in judgment.
Could it be — is Bledel, Gilmore Girls' own darling, a double agent? Is she a secret shade queen?
The most recent secret-shade installment came during last night's (November 29) episode of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon, during which Bledel sounded off on Gilmore Girls' famously secret "final four words." (For those not privy to the GG-universe, show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino meant to originally end the origin series with the mysterious dialogue, but she left the production before its seventh and final season. She finally used the words in the revival series' final scene.).
"It's so secretive, that's so Amy," Bledel said.
Bledel also spoke more generally (and shadily) to Rory's journey, and made it clear she thought a certain indiscretion Rory had in Season 4 seemed out of character.
"They had created this character who was so seemingly perfect that they had to throw something at her, but I think we overcorrected," she said. "Clearly, we overcorrected."
Bledel also told Entertainment Tonight the show's final four words seemed a little too unlikely, and delivered a seemingly backhanded compliment to Sherman-Palladino.
"I couldn’t have imagined that that would be the conclusion that Amy wanted," Bledel said. "But then, once I sat with it for a little while, I figured of course — it's full circle. It's an ending that only Amy could design."
"Everything leading up to it doesn't necessarily take you there," she said.
And let's talk Rory's men for a second. In a September 2016 interview with Entertainment Weekly, Bledel and fellow Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham said they mostly ignored fan fascination with the characters' romantic prospects — instead, Bledel said she was much more interested in Rory's professional pursuits in journalism. At first, before the revival series' premiere, it seemed like an admirable sentiment, but considering the newest episodes leave Rory entangled with an ex and without any concrete career prospects, it suddenly felt like a huge slight.
That, ladies and gentlemen, is shade-in-hindsight.
"I didn’t even think about [who Rory would end up with]!” she said. “I was wondering what she had accomplished in her career. I wanted there to be a payoff after all her hard work. She set so many goals and had been so ambitious academically. That’s what I wanted to know."
Sadly, beyond a flimsy, unfinished book draft, Rory was left with nary a vocational hope.
Oh, and were you surprised that *SPOILER* Rory and Logan were having an affair while they were each in separate relationships? So was Bledel, and she was happy to say so!
"It did surprise me," she said in an Entertainment Tonight interview. "And I think it's a little uncomfortable for [Rory] even though she's kind of putting on a brave face that she's fine with it. I think she's actually not that emotionally connected to it."
Welp, considering Rory actually cried over the thought of losing Logan, we're gonna have to label this remark Grade-A shade.
Whaddya think — has Bledel been dropping bombs, or are her comments harmless? Share your thoughts, Gilmore Girls fans.
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