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(Watch out, folks—we have spoilers afoot.)
Not only were the highly anticipated last four words of the series extremely unsettling for some fans, but so was the extreme lack of actors of color and Rory Gilmore’s very terrible job at being a decent journalist.
On top of that, fans are still wondering: For being a broke journalist who can’t seem to do her job properly, how can Rory afford to fly across the world like some rich vagabond?
Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino has an answer, though, given her track record for upsetting diehard fans, this one will probably leave you unsettled, too.
In an interview with TV Line, Sherman-Palladino explained Rory got by with frequent-flier points. And that, ultimately, her family, lovers, and town criers of Stars Hollow wouldn’t let Rory waste away, unable to even afford peanuts on her red-eye flight to London.
“A lot of it was points. When you travel that much, you have points. She’s flying economy. She’s flying JetBlue on a deal. And she’s using her points,” Sherman-Palladino said. “We didn’t really focus on money because, quite frankly, I don’t think anyone’s worried that Rory is going to starve. Between Emily Gilmore, Lorelai Gilmore … Logan … there were so many [well-off] people in her life that would’ve made sure she didn’t fall through the cracks.”
It’s an answer, but not a very good one.
You could drive a car right through the holes in Sherman-Palladino’s explanation because, for one, JetBlue doesn’t fly to England. And for two, how can she even possibly be earning points for an international airline that doesn’t fly domestic in the U.S.—does she have some magical TAP Portugal airline credit card? It just doesn’t make any sense.
But sure, Amy. Whatever you say.
Samantha Grasso is a former IRL staff writer for the Daily Dot with a reporting emphasis on immigration. Her work has appeared on Los Angeles Magazine, Death And Taxes, Revelist, Texts From Last Night, Austin Monthly, and she has previously contributed to Texas Monthly.