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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worst season finale ever. obviously they didn't know what to write for the episode, and came up with the most horrible thing ever. i totally disagree that ppl reacting negatively is a good thing, because then ppl will stop watching the show. Horrible on so many levels.

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Sorry. No sympathy here for Jenny. She didn't look regretful about what happened, she looked like she couldn't wait to burst Blair's bubble.

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chuck bass cant die cause he's chuck bass :) and whats up with all the people cursing jenny? jenny and chuck were both heartbroken. They needed some comfort and reassurance. Besides, Jenny spices up the show. She is one of the reasons why this show is so entertaining. The Dan and Serena hookup really disgusts me. I mean they share a brother for crying out loud. Their parents are married!
I'm kinda mixed up about Vanessa coming back or not. I mean her relationship with Dan seems a bit appropriate than dan hooking up with serena. And at the same time her character is kinda boring :) I dont know what to say about Nate right now. They need to spice up his character a bit now. I kinda hope that Dan isn't the father of Georgina's baby. But knowing Georgina she might fake the results of the paternity test, if they ever have one...... To sum it all up, I cant wait for the 4th season of GG.

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this is bullshit!!!!!!!!!!! am i the only one who thinks that the show would be perfect without any of the humphry´s??? jenny sleeping with chuck what a bitch!!! dan and serena GOD not again!!!! hey producers that would be a GOOD season finale dan and rufus leaving with jenny trust me no one will miss them!!!!

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oh stupid computer, what i meant was: you better fix chair & serenate or people will stop watching your show!!!!!!!

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we can´t blame any of the characters for the shit we´ve got at the season finale was, the only people we can blame here are the producers and writers, seriously WTF were you thinking? chuck´s fake dead well played, but he sleeping with jenny was to much 4 me, and OMG mr loser and serena AGAIN? that really pissed me off, dan had never loved the real serena, he was always judging her,and the only reason he was with her, was because he thought she had turned into a "better" person, S breaking up with nate was soooo STUPID, you better fix ch

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What a crack of shit. Seriously, you need to EXPLAIN your finale for people to embrace it??? FAIL on all levels. I wish I could erase the last episodes of this season from my brain and get some amnesia like it seems Chuck is getting, who can blame him with writing so bad? I wouldn't want to remember what I did either!

Melinna

am I the only one who actually LOVED the finale?? I'm super excited to see what happens next, and I think it was a good closing for the season...it seems like everyone is on the edge of huge changes, transformations in their lives...it will be nice to see how that goes! I didn´t enjoy that much the first episodes of 3rd season, but the second half was great, and it kept getting better!!I´m pretty much pleased, one thing though... ...so sad that Serena screw things up with Nate :( poor guy...and I think Nate´s ending was kind of boring, he should´ve gone way crazier!! Like doing drugs, or attempting suicide! xD

Jess108

FUCK OFF!

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If JS & SS really think they did the right thing with the finale by doing something SO RIDICULOUS that it gets us all to complain, they're idiots. I, for one, cannot stand them now, and really never want to watch the show again. You could easily ask me why I'm commenting then, if I apparently don't care about it, but I do. I always cared about this show. But now? I'm so angry at them for ruining (yes, RUINING) my favorite show, that I HAVE to comment. Just because people are up in arms over the finale because JS & SS created "OMG moments," does not mean we're still loyal! That episode was basically a slap in the face. Even if the show miraculously got better, I still wouldn't want to watch because of these two behind it all. "Reassure fans"? Um, no, I don't feel reassured. Just like Chuck & Blair weren't safe, these two as producers will never allow the show to be safe. The entire season 3 was dull and predictable, and the finale was nothing but a pathetic attempt to make up for the season with predictable, over-the-top drama. It's sad enough that you can't think of storylines clever enough anymore that you have to load up on the "OMG moments," but to pair together Jenny and her almost-rapist? THAT CROSSES LINES THAT NO SHOW - NOT EVEN THE MOST "OMFG!" OF THEM ALL - SHOULD EVER CROSS. GG never claimed to be a heartwarming, family show... this, I KNOW. But to show this on any show is so disgraceful, and honestly, INSULTING, to all your viewers. JS & SS disrespected all of us with this development, whether you're a Chair fan or not. The funny thing is that I didn't even hate too much about the rest of the episode (despite being mediocre), but once that happened, that was it for me. I'm just disgusted beyond repair.

Gossip Girl Quotes

And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.

Blair
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