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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Chuck does not die, it is quite sure as if he leaves, gg will be over. I want Dan and Serena to be together.. They are so cute! Hard to wait for the season 4, with less drama I hope.

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Let's just hope that this finale will give a new breathe to the show. But give us back the old blair the real "crazy bitch" and chuck's style in season 1 (not that 40-year-old style). Give us again a more spicey show (too much drama kills the drama).

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OMFG!!!!!
it was such a dissappointing finale... everytin was jus so so so so messd up. starting with dan and serena togeter. I tot it was over!! and how gross to date ur half-brother [technically lily and rufus are married!!!. Serena dumping nate because she want to go on a self discovery trip. Isnt that wot shes doing frm season 1. wot was really kool was nate, finally standing up for himself. Giving serena a piece of his mind. i was bored wit the no-self-esteem-goody-goody-boyfriend role nate was playing. especially for someone as undeserving as S. Now for Chair. TOO MUCH DRAMA!!!. i jus hope they end up together in the end. OMFG... G is preggers!!! now that was a shocker!!!! a true OMFG moment in the end t was a disaapointing and a finale wit a lot of eeewwwww moments and less OMFG moments

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omg chuck isnt going to die, we would all know like a few episodes in advanced in he did. which he doesnt cause he has been scripted into season four in pairs. i haaatee jenny, she is such a whore. but yeah the chuck and jenny thing was good in a way because it made the episode much more exicted, even though i hate them togther. goood episide! i loved it! cant wait for chair to be normal agian though ♥

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When Chuck and Blair were together in the early part of season 3 I found them a bit dull... but this attempt to create drama between them as gone too far! Why did he have to sleep with Jenny?! Like many of you, if Chuck does die (which I doubt) or Chair is OVER FOREVER I won't watch the show anymore. I want Chuck and Blair to be together with real passion like in season 1 and 2, not as an old 40 year-old boring couple. PLEASE writers, FIX CHUCK!!

Hannahj

Why do they keep teasing us I wan't to see season 4 now.

Alicegranger

I don't care what happened to Jenny, seeing her cry in this episode because she paid the price for fucking up her own life is not going to make me feel sorry for her. And Chuck...well he's Chuck Bass. He has to live, I just want to see if and when Blair will find out that he was shot because he was trying to save the ring.

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sooo...agreed with lots of people..the constant OMG events are starting to overwhelm any storyline there was in this show! I need some serious constants! C and B on and off again was fun at first but now it's just getting old..seeing them being themselves together was entertainment enough! I love it when C and B plot an OMG moment...TOGETHER! serena and nate is boooooring. We all know serena sleeps around..so lets get her on to the next guy and leave the nice ones like nate alone. as for georgina back with dans baby?! That's a good OMG but that would have been enough for one episode.

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And add Dan and Serena thing onto the complaint list.
I hate it. Yes, it IS worse than chuck and jenny on terms of the "incest" thing.
Chuck and Jenny is still kind of like "incest" to me though. ==
BUT AT LEAST THEY DON'T SHARE A BROTHER......... After reading what they said about the Chuck and Jenny hook-up, I'll give props to them for the descent to lowest point thing. It DOES make sense and does show some symbolism.
BUT STILL. I don't like it. ==

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I just reallly really want jenny back! how can they even for a while, chop off one of the main character? Its in their best interest to bring her back, even if they needa replace the acter. i mean jenny is epic.

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