Gossip Girl Producers Defend Season Finale, Reassure Fans

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As we continue to sift through the wreckage of Monday's Gossip Girl season finale, so many questions linger: Is C going to be alright? Will J be back? Is G really pregnant?

That's just scratching the surface, too. Fortunately, executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage shed some light on all of the above with this E! interview ...

Q: What kind of response have you received after the finale?

Josh Schwartz: Certainly the Twitter account is blowing up. But the cool thing is that people are really reacting, which is great. Obviously, some people are terrified that Chuck Bass is dead. Some are furious about what happened with Chuck and Jenny.

Stephanie Savage: They're furious for different reasons. Some people are mad at Jenny; some people are mad at Chuck.

Josh Schwartz: Which is great. If you put a finale on, you want it to be the kind that people talk about for the summer.

Blair's Decision

Q: Why choose to go in such a drastic direction with the finale?

Stephanie Savage: We designed it to allow people's perceptions to shift. People who had been pretty comfortable all year thinking that Jenny Humphrey was a villain might find some sympathy for her in this episode. And people who've been comfortable thinking that Chuck was a lovable bastard may feel he crossed the line in this episode. We wanted to blur the edges.

Josh Schwartz: That's Gossip Girl for you. We were launched on the "OMFG" ad campaign; we gotta live up to that.

Stephanie Savage: We wanted the finale to drive us into next season. Sometimes it takes a little while to get our momentum up, and we wanted to do something heart-charging.

Q: Talk about the Chuck-Jenny hookup. Some fans are struggling with it.

Josh Schwartz: It's a move that's been in the DNA of the show since the first episode. That relationship is something that was in the pilot - it was Chuck being a predator. And here they meet in a place where they are almost equals, in terms of where they are emotionally. It was a way to track the evolution of the characters over three seasons.

Stephanie Savage: They're two characters who are really at their lowest point. And Jenny at her lowest is choosing to do the thing that she so resisted doing in the pilot, and Chuck at his lowest does the act that he's been so remorseful for since the pilot.

Q: Now that Chuck and Jenny have this out of their respective systems, you think they're both redeemable?

Josh Schwartz: Everybody is offered a second chance in life. If Chuck weren't to survive what happened in the finale, at least he went out in an act of nobility. Jenny's looking to get a second chance and to leave the city behind and start over. Hopefully both characters were offered an opportunity for redemption by the end of the episode.

Stephanie Savage: Redemption is a huge theme on the show, from the pilot. Is it possible for a person to change? What can be forgiven? Who can be redeemed? That's the thematic material of the show.

Q: Can Blair forgive Chuck after this misstep?

Josh Schwartz: First, there's the question of what happened to Chuck at the end of this episode.

Stephanie Savage: Let's see if Chuck can recover from his bullet wound first.

Josh Schwartz: Blair can forgive Chuck in her heart—if he's no longer with us.

Q: And is Chuck no longer with us?

Josh Schwartz: I'm just saying that would be a way to forgive Chuck, if he lost his life trying to protect the engagement ring he was going to offer to Blair. That's a pretty noble gesture that can erase a lot of wrongs.

Q: Don't forget, you recently promised us that Chuck and Blair are always at the forefront of your storytelling.

Josh Schwartz: That's not a lie.

Stephanie Savage: That's totally true.

A Sparks Sighting

Q: Now that Mercy has been cancelled, will we see more Michelle Trachtenberg - and is Georgina really preggers?

Josh Schwartz: Oh, she's pregnant. We love Michelle, and we're always looking for ways to bring her into the show each season.

Q: Vanessa was MIA in the finale. Will Jessica Szohr be back next season?

Stephanie Savage: She will be back at some point.

Q: What about Taylor Momsen? When is her leave of absence up?

Stephanie Savage: We have a plan, but we want to save it as a surprise.

Q: Will Blair make good on her promise to destroy Little J if she comes back to the city?

Josh Schwartz: Blair doesn't make promises [she can't keep].

Stephanie Savage: We will do whatever will create maximum drama.

That much is for sure. How are you feeling about the Gossip Girl finale? Any better after reading Josh and Stephanie's comments? Share your impressions with us below ...

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Wow, that really confirms it: these two are complete idiots. They still don't understand how they ruined the Chuck and Blair story forever. Who cares now? It's trashed. OMFG happens when viewers can relate to the intense feelings portrayed onscreen. They want to watch the episode over and over again because it gives them goosebumps. By contrast, the OMFG we got in the finale was an intense sensation of needing to throw up, inspired by watching Jenny dispose of her bloodied sheets. Somehow I doubt that bile was the stuff you wanted the OMFG! moments to churn up in the viewers, because it's not a sensation they enjoy repeating.


As for Jenny, with the book version, she was sent to boarding school. So maybe a new solo show for her?


I was just wondering,how are they gonna fix all this shit? ´cause they ruined chuck´s character for me, since the moment he slept with that whore, WTF where you thinking? and a new identity, for real??? because if that´s the best you can think of, i feel sorry for you. Aaah just for the record Dan and serena are the most horrible,annoying and BORING thing EVER!!!! seriously, again? nate is the ONLY one who has always loved EVERYTHING about her, and she left him? come on!!! CONGRATULATIONS!producers your show is officially BULLSHIT!!!


Everyone is divided on this topic, and its inevitable. Half of the fan base think that the show has finally redeemed itself in all this gossip and lies, and shocking hookups. The other half is furious with what they've chosen to do because they believe that the characters are priority, not drama. Personally, I wouldn't take what Josh or Steph says so much into consideration anymore, because everyone has their own opinion of what 'EPIC' is. Josh originally said that the finale would be epic, and maybe it is at the end when Chuck fought to get the ring back, but not throughout the episode, definitely not. The only thing I choose to believe about what they said is that Chuck & Blair is the main priority; because in that, I think there may be some great things for CB in store. Its more like they'd say they're taking CB to a whole new level. I don't know. Maybe, maybe not. We'll have to see what Season 4 brings us. And as for me, starting from now Chuck & Blair is the main and only reason for me to watch GG - some other parts of the show are definitely degrading. There IS a reason why The Vampire Diaries is my number one favourite now, not GG. And it used to be GG.


If Chuck dies, I think the show would be ruined, since the majority of favorites is Chuck. But if he does survive, wouldn't that be a bit too much for the "love overcoming all obstacles" part of this show? My guess is that Georgina's baby is from someone else.


Why are some of you guys talking about incest??? Dan and Serena are not brothers neither half brothers as I saw written here. The fact that they fathers entered a relationship as nothing to, they don't shre any bloodline so I don't understand the problems you guys are posing to it. For me it's the best relationship of the serie at the same level of Chuck and Blair. And I'm sure in the end these two are the relationships that will last. And about the season finale, I think it was ok only exagerated in the ammount of new information and new "OMFG" moments. You have to distribute them or it gets too much unrealistic and that's boring for this kind of series where it's important that the fans conect with the caracters that are similars to them in some way.


They make me so angry. Their first priority is to "create maximum drama," not to be true to the characters and their stories. There's a reason the O.C. got worse and worse each season (and GG seems to be following the same pattern): at first the "maximum drama" is exciting and fun to watch, but as they continue to push the limits and exhaust any possibility their feeble brains can come up with, it becomes stilted and ridiculous. Chuck and Jenny? Please. That's too much for me. It's like they look at a chart and say "Ok, who hasn't hooked up yet? Let's do it!" Just because they haven't done it and because it will "create maximum drama"! But for a show that has been doing that for three seasons now, it feels way too easy and actually, to me, quite boring. I didn't gasp at anything in the season finale; I rolled my eyes. Because now it's predictable that they'll just do whatever seems like the most shocking thing. And they rarely give the proper weight to the events on the show as well. If it's inconvenient for them to deal with a certain plot line, they just drop it. There is only jealousy when it's completely convenient and ready to provide massive amounts of drama. I know I shouldn't be complaining about this show being unrealistic--it pretty much set that contract up from the beginning--but I've gotten them sick of doing the most dramatic thing without regard for the consequences. Chuck sleeping with Jenny--that pretty much ruins the character of Chuck for me. Because that's twisted. The creators/writers know that it's twisted and that's why they did it, but I think they should have had boundaries--or at least if they crossed the boundaries, do it in a way that is beneficial to the story and to the characters' growth. This is drama for the sake of drama, and that worked for a while in GG, but now that they seem to be abandoning the characters, I'm not feeling it anymore. And really the most major thing is that it's become boring to me. That's exactly what they're trying to avoid with the "maximum drama," but now that the characters feel like half-empty puppets that they're just pushing and pulling around, I'm BORED.


Well I agree with Brazilian Girl - I thought the finale was really good. Bit far fetched that everybody arrives at the hospital after the birth of Dorota's baby, but it tied things Series 3 up nicely and a lot of room for manoeuvre at the start of Series 4. The Jenny/Chuck hook up worked - she was pretty ashamed of what had happened and there was certainly no gloating about it, and I think it brought her back into her family's fold well. The sight of her changing the sheets was tragic, and shows her lack of self respect. Chuck too was ashamed of his seduction, although not wanting to lose Blair and good for Dan punching Chuck and for Eric in standing by Jenny. Blair and Chuck are obviously end game, but they are 19/20 year olds and they have a lot of experiences before they reach that part; perhaps Jenny will inadvertantly bring Chuck and Blair back together? Anyway who knows and role on series 4.


nah, i loved it! i think it took all characters to their lowest points, and now the next season will follow them as they try to redeem themselves and the problems they'll occur in trying to get back to normal. Love it that georgina is pregnant!!! and i want Jenny to come back. i think people should also see the characters as "characters" and not real people, and the fact that in the end its highly likely they'll all make up, its part of a storyline and from the end of the next episode, its going to be a completely different story.


I think the Finale Was Amazing!!!! The Jenny Chuck hook up was being lead to the whole time!! ANd in order to keep Blair and Chuck on the outs to create next seasons drama he had to do something REALLY bad! Jenny is the only thing that qualifies If he was with some random girl (or even 10 random girls) she wouldn't have even blinked. The beginning of this season was lame and boring because last season's finale summed everything up and ended all happily ever after!!! Ill be watching next season and i think the writers did an amazing job of keeping me waiting!!!!

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