In the final scene of Netflix's Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, Rory revealed to her mother, Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham), that she was pregnant -- a surprising development that Bledel wasn't expecting for her character.
"It certainly wasn't the ending I expected," the 35-year-old actress admitted during a panel for Deadline's Emmy Contenders on Sunday.
Bledel, who next stars in Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, revealed that she hoped her Yale-educated alter ego would be rewarded with a stronger sense of her future.
"I had told [creator] Amy [Sherman-Palladino] that I hoped Rory would end on a high note after all of her hard work," she explained. "I wanted to see her succeed and be thriving. So it was a hard thing for me to digest."
Though Bledel didn't initially foresee Rory's pregnancy twist, she noted that it was in line with Sherman-Palladino's vision for the series.
"She knew what reaction she was going to get out of the audience," Bledel said. "She's delighted by throwing everyone a curveball. I knew that's what she wanted and I trusted her."
Not everyone had the same perspective on that talked-about final scene between Rory and Lorelai. For her part, Graham -- who recently filmed a Fox comedy pilot, Linda From HR -- thought the pregnancy reveal "was perfect," saying that the "cliffhanger" brought "the characters full circle."
"It took me a minute, but ultimately, I loved it," she said.
There has been no official indication that the beloved series will continue with another installment, but Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in March that he has been in "preliminary" talks with Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Dan Palladino on new episodes. Bledel and Graham addressed Gilmore Girls' future, both hesitant to committing to more.
"What can we do that is satisfying, and worth continuing, and gratifying to the people who care so much about it?" said Graham, 50. "I don't know if there is a need to do more. I would never want it to feel like we overstayed our welcome."
"There's probably a way to keep these characters alive, but I don't know if that's the best thing for them," she added.
Bledel shared that her decision would weigh heavily on what the Palladinos have in mind for Rory: "I'm just interested in telling a story that is dynamic and that I sort of relate to and can hook into. And if that happens ... I don't know."
Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is streaming now on Netflix. The Handmaid's Tale premieres April 26 on Hulu.