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Gossip Girl Season Finale Review: The End of the Beginning

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OMG ... or would WTF be more accurate?

No one can take this away from Gossip Girl's third season finale: It delivered the shocking twists and that fans of the ongoing emotional roller coaster have come to expect.

But were you turned off by the cliffhangers and scandalous developments of "Last Tango, Then Paris," or that much more intrigued to see the saga continue in September?

The episode basically tore down everything about Gossip Girl that had been created up until now, a bold move that's sure to be polarizing among the show's fan community.

There are two reactions, basically:

  1. NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!! Chuck and Jenny?! WTF! Chuck shot!?! WTF again!! You killed Chuck (possibly in more ways than one)! OMG I am so DONE with this show!
  2. Wow. That was intense. Talk about cranking the drama up to a new level! I didn't see any of that coming, and can't wait for Season Four to find out what's next.

Which camp are you in?

Bluck Bickers

Chuck and Blair: The saga continues this summer.

Some aspects were a bit over the top, but the more we think about it, the more we find ourselves leaning toward category #2. No matter how painful last night was to watch.

Having Chuck and Blair thisclose to a fairy tale ending, only to be torn apart once again, was heartbreaking. That's the point. Sometimes you can't tie everything up perfectly.

There will be another chapter, too. Mark my words, "Last Tango, Then Paris" was not Chair's last tango. He was shot (trying to recover Blair's ring), but he will live. So breathe.

Chuck getting shot in Prague may feel cold, a cheap move by the writers. But perhaps only an event that serious can finally bring Chair together for good, even if it takes time.

Rather than being the end of Chair, and of Gossip Girl as we knew it, last night was merely the end of the beginning chapters - and maybe the next ones will be even better.

Not only does this plot set the stage for a dramatic reunion in Europe, it adds a new component to their relationship: Will Chuck facing his own mortality change him - or Blair?

A couple this epic is going to have to face obstacles, especially with the kind of baggage Chuck carries. Whether they overcome them is the question, and I'm inclined to say yes.

That said, we can't let Chuck, Jenny or the writers off the hook entirely.

The thought of him turning to Jenny at all, and her cashing in her V-card, was nauseating and seemed out of character, even for the mercurial Chuck Bass and Jenny Humphrey.

That Chuck would do that to Blair, or Jenny would do that after Season One, seemed unlikely. But maybe it was the only thing unthinkable enough to set future events in motion.

(While we're being critical, why would B not text Chuck to say she was running a couple of minutes late? Clearly she didn't miss him by much. What was it, 7:08? Just asking.)

Little JH

Don't let the door hit you on the way out, J.

You have to admit, though, it was compelling TV. Right along with Chuck, you wanted to forget about J as soon as B walked in, to begin anew as you intended from the start.

You hoped it would somehow never come to light, even if you knew it would, and painfully. It made the reveal, courtesy of a Dan Humphrey right hook, hurt that much more.

After this stunt, a spinoff entitled Everyone Hates Jenny Humphrey doesn't seem too far off, especially since she's been barred from Manhattan by Blair (awesome scene, BTW).

This happened after she tipped off Gossip Girl about Dan and Serena in bed together, too. That was some move. Perhaps it's good J takes her runny raccoon eyes and leaves.

If Blair doesn't take her down, someone else will at this point. It'll be interesting to see when - and why - the girl does return next fall and what sort of fireworks that sets off.

Speaking of other relationships Jenny ruined, Serena and Nate are done following the Gossip Girl blast, as (we think) are Dan and Vanessa! It was too much for N and V to take.

Pissed, Nate double-crossed Dan by forwarding the pic to Vanessa in Haiti. They made up later, which was great (they're guys, that's what they do), and they're both single now.

Dan and Serena aren't together, despite their obvious feelings for each other, and in all likelihood won't be. Serena's "working on herself" in Paris, after all ... that should be fun.

Even more ridiculous than the fact that she spent the episode dressed as an '80s prostitute is her ongoing list of reasons for breaking up with guys. How will she get it together?

Blair has an idea: Go to Paris. Since S is perennially unemployed and unenrolled in school, she decides to come along. What awaits them there - and back in New York after that?

Sparks in Disguise

Georgina Sparks: Perennial finale troublemaker ... and Dan's baby mama?!

Again, not a reunion with Dan. Something about the package Georgina brought him may make that tough. We knew something was up with G, but we did not see that coming.

Dan’s fathered her child? Why did she go to Blair and Chuck for help? Why did her hair change? Is it really Dan's? Nothing Georgina says carries any credibility, which is awesome.

The excuse for bringing everybody together last night was Dorota. Watching her become a mom was really sweet, even if all the characters showing up there was a big stretch.

It was far from perfect overall, but we give the show credit for rebooting itself if nothing else. This is Gossip Girl, right? Without shocking, OMG twists like these, why watch?

Okay, we wouldn't mind a happy ending too ... at some point.

We turn it over to you once again. What did you think of the Gossip Girl season finale? Did you love it? Hate it? Tell us why by voting and comment below!

 

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I'd like to see Nate and Georgina... I mean, since GG writers are trying every..f-ing..thing, why not that pairing? It would be funny though... Nate and Serena were pretty boring... I was like aahwhhw after the car crash when Serena was with (don't ask me why) Trip *barf*... But when I saw them later on, they had less chemistry then Rufus with the artbuying woman in season 2. (And that means SOMETHING, they had so little chemistry people might even not remember them) I like Dan/Serena, call me sentimental, but the moment they woke up next to each other I just had a smile on my face... The awkward funny talking thing Dan does, the way she behaves, it's just right.
It reminded me of Jenny in season 2; DAN SERENA DAN SERENA WHOO! Which brings us to Jenny... the most absurd storyline. I see lots of people feeling sorry for her, well I don't. Sure, we have all felt alone, or insecure and of course that's sad.
But it's kinda what you can expect when you screw everyone over. Face it, you're new on the UES scene and you can't expect people to forgive you no matter what you do. You stab your sweet dear stepbrother Eric in the back. You lie to a guy to make him break up with your stepsister, who has been really nice to you, even when you weren't living under the same roof. You're even willing to hurt the relationship of your OWN brother and his girlfriend (who, if I may point out, has always been an incredible friend to you) just because you wanted some guy. AND YOU DEAL DRUGS? It's not really strange that you're alone and sad, but to sleep with a guy that tried to rape you once? A guy that is not nice to you, doesn't comfort you... If he would have said "Awwh little Jenny, it's alright, I'm here...etc." It would have been more understanding that she would have kissed him and that one thing would have lead to the other. But right now I can't feel sorry for her. The worst thing is that afterwards she goes running to Dan, and tells him a story that apparently forces him to defend her honor, and blame Chuck. Chuck, mmhm, some great love. Don't get me wrong, I love Chair. (Who doesn't?) But I think Chuck is kind of a weak person right now. Sure you said you loved someone, and you have trouble with that, cause you're the great Chuck Bass. But it's time to start acting like it. Anyone who's a billionaire can arrange a wedding, buy a prom dress, send an application for college. He could dictate his secretary to do these things in one elevator ride. The empire state building was good, it was a great move. I still don't understand why Blair didn't text him; I'll be 10 minutes late, Dorota is having her baby. (But that's not the point.) (Actually it's the whole point, if she would have done that, no drama, all good C&B, but that would not have been interesting.) (I ramble.)
But I still cannot believe that a guy, so heartbroken, would jump into bed with another girl 20 minutes after. He couldn't get his weenie to work when he found out that Blair was the one and I can't imagine now would be different. I feel bad for Blair, because she is a great character. I'm sorry for this reallllly long comment... And I'll probably have loads of Jenny fans riding my back, but I just had to get it off my chest.

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wow i think the best part of the show was nate saying he's not waiting for serena's sorry ass anymore but other than that it was pretty unrealistic jenny just randomly disappears without blair noticing??? why would the whole cast be at the hospital for dorota's birth...shes a maid.... if vanessa couldnt get gossip girl's text, how can she get nate's? why would jeeny go crying to dan about sleeping with chuck??? is nate rreally the guy to have strippers over??? chuck getting shot really??? we all know he's gonna come back, theres no suspense in that they should have made it a character who we thought the show might go on without... like SERENA that'd be real nice (: AND honestly im really tired about hearing about bliar and chuck, i really wish blair and nate should get back together. don't kill me but i was a fan of gossip girl way before the show started because i read and i hvae all the books which are centered around blair and nate (: I M HOPING since theyre going to colombia together next year, something might happen :D :D :D

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" While we're being critical, why would B not text Chuck to say she was running a couple of minutes late? Clearly she didn't miss him by much. What was it, 7:08? Just asking. " that's exactly what i was thinking while watching. but ahh well. GG lives on

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um how boring would it be if chuck and blair were to be together always with no drama, its kinda like what season 3 was; all of you are so naive if you think gossip girl could continue without the drama its well known for. season 4 will be so much better for the events that occured in the finale.

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I HATE THE PRODUCERS FOR NOT REUNITE CHUCK & BLAIR >.

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totally agree omgg! bring back the columbia blond!

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my favorite sub plot in this season were the two girls from columbia getting involved and stirring the pot. bring back the blonde! i bet she could take down J and S in one swift hair toss.

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please I really REALLY need 2 know: did chuck really died???
i hope the answer is no because without chuck there is no Gossip Girl :'(

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to username chuck&blair...TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU!! in my history of watching tv/movies, chuck and blair are the only couple i have seen with real true love that can actually be in REAL life!!! i lvoe them!!!

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Sorry but one thing I did NOT understand is why jenny would lose her "V" so easily when she was supposedly "saving it" for someone special. And not only that, she lost it to Chuck! The man she hates most! I understand that she was sad and everything, but I don't think even that can make a girl lose it to a guy that they HATED! i'm not too sure about this situation. and personally for me, it kinda ruined the episode. why didn't they make chuck do something else instead that didn't involve having sex with a virgin who also knew his lover?! i just thought it was unnecessary and kinda disappointed me. But overall, the episode was good=)

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 22 Quotes

First of all, S., you didn't go to school this year and you haven't had a real job in months, so life is kind of like summer for you.

Blair

Blair loves the Empire State Building. Even though she doesn't want to, and she should just admit it and make all our lives easier.

Dorota

Gossip Girl Season 3 Episode 22 Music

  Song Artist
Youve really got a hold on me You've Really Got a Hold on Me Thao iTunes
Song Dead Man's Party Lights On
Song Don't Think Twice, It's Alright Eastern Conference Champions