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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weel i really liked this season finale chuck is an asss and i think that is he dead is better ...new changes and new people chuck and little j right now must be gone forever... and think SS DID a really good job... and dan/ serene will be lame if repeats the same history..


okay, did any of you read the books? Jenny is gone. Off the show. She's going to be in a spinoff, The It Girl, based on the original spinoff series of books. So there might be a new show premiering in the fall, or a pilot at least. The problem is that Jenny might not be able to carry an entire show...


Okay, seriously. What is with the constant Jenny bashing??? It's old and annoying. Yes, Jenny cried afterwards. The whole reason she stayed and slept with Chuck was because she said she didn't want to be alone. For her to take that step and give up her virginity to someone she knows doesn't care is bad enough. But to do it thinking he cares even the slightest bit because he doesn't throw her out after and then he leaves her when Blair comes waltzing in? Yeah, I would cry as well even though I knew there was no feeling behind it. Nobody likes feeling like toilet paper. And I also bet money that Chuck didn't know until after the fact that she was a virgin. She told people that she slept with Damian, even though it wasn't true. I imagine there was a TON of regret on her part of giving it up in a moment of despair. Just because there is blame that can be laid on both of them does not mean she's not allowed to cry. She's a teenage girl - it's what they do! If it had been anyone other than Jenny, Blair wouldn't have run away to Paris. Jenny and Blair have been at odds since day one and nothing is going to change that. This is the final nail in the coffin of them ever having a chance to be anything beyond mortal enemies, but it most definitely not something that Chuck and Blair can't work through. Stop freaking out over whether or not Chuck is dead. It will take MUCH more than a bullet to stop Chuck Bass.


I have just realized that what Stephanie Savage & Josh Schwartz were pinning for we are sooooooooo giving them it now. they wanted us to go crazy like this, it is exactly what they wanted. This is exactly why they made the season finale like ths. they wanted us to want to kill them for what they did, the whole jenny and chuck thing and chuck getting shot, etc. i bet at this moment or the moment the episode was airing they were laughing imagining all the fans reactions to this. once again i say this is what THEY wanted.


Stop speculating if Chuck is dead or not.. Who gives a damn? What matters is what Chuck and Jenny did. That's what infuriates me beyond words.


Keep lying to us, JS and SS!!!! keep lying!!! no one will ever believe you again... no wonder your other shows get axed....


Ok, the part that REALLY pissed me off was when Dan told Jenny to stop apologizing because "this begins and ends with Chuck." Chuck gave Jenny a chance to leave AND he told her she could stay the night. I guess they wanted him to be a protective big brother but he came off like an ass.


I really don't think Chuck is dead...I know this is morbid, but if he really were to die, I think his death would be part of the episode - meaning, we would probably see him being pronounced dead and there would something with Blair and Jenny and all those people. Patience, my dears. He's alive. And everyone who keeps bringing up the OC - Mischa Barton was FIRED. That's why she was killed off. Duh.


o and chuck is not deadd! :)
cant wait for season 4!


you knoww hat weirds me outt, beforee everyone was disguusted with jenny and chuck sleeping together because they are siblings well if you think aabout it not really! serenas mom and rufus dad and lilly adopted chuck (love their relationship btw!) so technically they are like step step brother and sister in law. when right now rufus and lilly are marriedd and dan and serena are liking each other all over againn! dont get me wrong i loveee dan and serena togetherr but common that has got to be worse then chuck and jenny rightt??

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