C. Molly Smith
November 21, 2016 AT 07:02 PM EST

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life debuts on Netflix on Friday, but there was a time when cast members didn’t see it coming.

“We could never have predicted we’d be here doing it again and that’s because generations have continued to find it, so one of the cool things about going back to do it for Netflix was people were excited already,” says Lauren Graham — who starred as Lorelai, the super cool mom to Rory (Alexis Bledel) — in a clip from the new episode of EW Reunites: Gilmore Girls on the PEOPLE/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN).

Adds Jared Padalecki, who played Rory’s first boyfriend, Dean, “There was always something missing and Gilmore Girls was great and through all seven seasons it was great, but we were able to finally tell the complete story and put the period that was supposed to be there in the first place, so I think it’ll help complete the circle.”

That something missing Padalecki’s referring to likely has something to do with the fact that creator Amy Sherman-Palladino — as well as executive producer Daniel Palladino — did not return for the seventh season, but Sherman-Palladino knew for some time how she was going to end the series, and now we’ll finally get to hear those famous four final words. “And we’ll tell them to you right now,” Graham jokes in the video, taking a deep breath in, then shaking her head and keeping them secret.

Despite the show coming to an end — for real this time — cast members expect it to live on. “I think the show is timeless,” says Milo Ventimiglia, who played Rory’s second boyfriend, Jess. “I think the way that Amy had been able to capture this town and these women and these characters, it was something that was elegant that’s going to last through centuries.”

Graham echoes, “This is going to be one of those shows that people continue to find and continue to enjoy over time. I had no perspective of that at the time.” Neither did Bledel, but Graham jokes that now, they finally do.

For more on the revival — including Scott Patterson and Matt Czuchry’s thoughts on coming back — check out the clip above, and watch the full episode of EW Reunites: Gilmore Girls here now on the new People/Entertainment Weekly Network (PEN). Go to PEOPLE.com/PEN, or download the PEN app on Apple TV, Roku Players, Amazon Fire TV, Xumo, Chromecast, iOS, and Android devices.

And to read more on the Gilmore Girls revival, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands now, or buy it here now – and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW.

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