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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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Nice episode :) Nate and Chuck's storylines were fun. But really the portrayal of Prague was just the funniest thing ever. Those cars and prostitutes were ridiculous. Praha 1 (1 hence the Old town) is pretty much as Upper east side of Prague - it's the beautiful historical center, where all the rich people and politicians live and all political institutions are. It is pretty much a parade of only Mercedes, BMW and Audi cars. Most importantly we don't have here the black alleys (I know them just from some crimi shows:)) with the garbage cans and homeless people - the streets are full of only fashion stores, restaurants, galleries, horse carriages and those stupid gift shops for tourists. This just ruined the final OMG for me because I was busy laughing so hard or maybe more like wondering where they came up with that?! Prague is certainly way more beautiful than NY(maybe not if you like NY more than Paris), maybe more boring, but I never ever go anywhere scared someone is gonna stab me or shoot me. That's just ridiculous.

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Why is the Jenny/Chuck hook-up Chucks fault. He did give Jenny an opportunity to leave, but she declined, so @ that point, her bad!!!!! I think she secretly did that to have something to hold over Blair's head (especially after what Blair said to her that was pretty cruel to say no one loved her, not even Rufus...SMH).

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@Mona how could Chuck lose his memory?
I thought losing memory is only caused if you are injured around the head area and I'm sure they didn't shoot him on the head...

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G is sooo not pregnant!! First, there's no huge belly when she appears, either at Chuck's or at the station. Second, she made that all up when watching those babies at the hospital! Quite weak move from the writers...
Blair should travel from Paris to Prague as soon as she hears the news about Chuck. Or maybe there wont be any news, if chuck loses his memory... after all those stupid stuff that happened in season finale, i wouldnt be suprised. Shame.
Almost every possible option happened, everyone had sex with all the others, they know each other fully. What's next? New characters? Please... Why did you have to spoil the show that much?!

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there reall questionn is why didnt blair text chcuk or call him that she was going o be late meeting him on the esb?!!?? chuck was lonely and its not like they were together then, it just broke b's heart to find that out.
it was disgustiing with jenny and chuck and i wish the writers could take it back........ but they cant but i lovee chuck and blair so mmust they are 'the' couple. i cant wait for season 4.
REMEMBER PEOPLE THIS IS GOOSSIP GIRL, were here for the DRAMA and the games and thrills between chuck and blair. yes they have hurt each other bu ti believe this is what will make them stronger! chuck and blair forever and ever:)

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OMG I saw every episode of GG but I really didn´t expect this!!! I mean, everybody knew Chuck will be shot, but in Prague? I never thought that one of main characters in the last scene of whole fourth serie will be almost killed in my hometown :D. This was totally the biggest shock for me :D. I couldn´t believe it, when I saw those familiar buildings... :D

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Loved the episode, eventhoug it made me sad. But hey, it's gossip girl!
Chuck is so not dead. I mean I feel so sorry for Josh and Stephanie if he is, coz they'll get a lot of screaming and angry fans against them...
I don't think I'm going to go in details her, but I came to think of something. Who the hell will Nate end up with?
I mean he and Serena was a bad couple( sorry fans)
I mean, I kinda thought they would be great together and was all excited, but they bascially sucked!
I hate to admit it, but the only realetionship that seamed to work for Nate was with Blair. However Chair is EPIC!!
But poor Natie. He didn't work with his dream lady or the girlfriend he had for ages. He didn't even work with Vanessa. And he and Jenny are like brother and sister- they won't end together!!

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For so many reasons I could say the episode was a FAIL,... sure had good moments but is so close to be "the tipical drama" where you already know what it is coming. Not at all how the show started.
I felt sick when I saw Chuck and Jenni just drinkng next to each other, from that scene I knew what was coming and I felt even sicker. G pregnat with Dan's baby...even more repulsive, all the cast showing for Dorotas delivery was adorable but since when "all" high society cares about employees...Georgina asking for help to Chuck and Blair, WTF???
Now I think it was really really good to put Vanessas caracter finally out and finish the story between Nate and Serena, also to let Rufus and Lily quite,...that actually made me breath.
I think somehow the serie is out of caracters and they exploted too much the principal ones. Blair with no entourage?? Serena out or well not in on nothing?? Dan with no clear future because Vanessa took it??(an opportunity in Haiti is the only thing NYU offers to the students) Eric with no boyfriend???...I could go on and on
I just hope the summer don't burn the writters and they come with a refreshing stories because then this could be just the end

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The best part of the finale was by far Dan & Nate "make-up" :))

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PLEASE BRING CHAIR BACK ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!

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
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