Gossip Girl Season Finale Review: Happily Never After

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What a tease.

After Chuck rescued Blair, she let go of their inhibitions and they both had some old-fashioned fun (followed by sex!), it looked like this was it. Chair together for good.

It took her engagement to adequate but uninspiring Louis to bring this about, but here they were. Emotionally bonded and passionately enmeshed forever, come what may.

Until Chuck had a last-minute change of heart and let her go in "The Wrong Goodbye." In his heart of hearts, he seemed to know it was the right decision. But it still hurt.

Big Chair Scene

Perhaps they're not meant to be together after all. Maybe the fire that makes Chair so electric on screen also destroys both. For Chuck, he loved Blair too much to risk it.

When Chuck pulled an about-face and gave Louis his blessing, Blair appeared resigned to the same belief - that she needed to profess her love for Chuck, then move on.

Disappointing as this was for Chair fans, it was relatively well done. My only caveat will be if Chuck reverts to his old ways and meddles in their relationship next season.

If he's going to mature and let her go, he has to really let her go.

Do you think Blair and Louis will have their happily ever after? Or will the relationship and life as a princess lose its luster, ultimately leading B back to her Dark Knight?

At this point, it's hard to want Blair and Louis to fail. The way Chuck and Blair ended things Monday night gave them both closure. Maybe now they can finally move on.

The fate of Chuck and Blair (and Louis and Blair) is something we will debate all summer long and potentially beyond, and I'm dying to hear what you all think about it.

As for the rest of the fourth season finale ... wow. That was a lot thrown at us, yet relatively little at the same time. Story arcs wrapped quickly, then new ones began.

When we left her last week, Charlie stopped taking her mystery meds. At the start of the finale, Dan is trying to find her, while Chuck is alarmed and looking for Blair.

B is trapped atop Charles Place with Russell Thorpe, who appears to be trying to set the whole place on fire via some gas leak. They sell gasoline too, man. Just saying.

Then be still my heart, Michelle Trachtenberg graces the screen as Georgina.

OM-G is Back

I have to say, Michelle had some of the show's funniest dialogue in a long time. She and Jack Bass have really made the last two weeks for me. It was great to have her back.

Why was Georgina even there? Presumably because of the alumni event? Did she even go to Constance? All unclear, but she's so shady and hilarious it could not matter less.

Watching her subtly reference her antics while clamoring to be a part of the scheme was so funny, I couldn't wait to see what happened next (not always the case this season).

What she does next is direct reeling Charlie to the nearest open window. Nice, G!

Up on the roof, Blair clandestinely calls Chuck from her pocket (he's still #1 on speed dial!!!!!) to reveal her location and the gang busts Russell in approximately 15 seconds.

Chuck and Blair decide to get a drink to calm her nerves before he delivers her to Louis, but they wind up getting it on at a Bar Mitzvah. Don't even ask. But it was awesome.

With Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" echoing in the background, Chuck and Blair pretended to be Jewish, then stopped pretending they don't belong in each other's arms naked.

This isn't just love, it's complicated, intense, all-consuming magnetism. Maybe it can't sustain itself long-term, but if nothing else, they gave us one heck of a last hurrah.

Meanwhile, Serena finds Charlie about to plunge to her doom. Charlie says every girl wants to be Serena and every guy wants to date her. This triggers something in S.

She decides she's really letting herself down by not making her own choices and decides (with a little help from the headmistress) to do something for herself this summer.

Charlie is fine all of a sudden, and Georgina, who had to have a reason for hanging around besides making me laugh, either knows or is suspicious she wasn’t ever on meds.

G was right. Turns out that Charlie is really a girl named Ivy and was being paid by Carol to ensure the Van Der Woodsens wouldn’t come after her ever again. Okay then.

The plot holes here are too numerous to count, so let's just hold off until next fall. Kaylee Defer is a cast member now, and "Ivy" has G's number. Let the crazies unite!

Finally, Vanessa finds Dan’s manuscript and calls him a sellout for not publishing it. He calls her a bad friend. She steals the book and has it published, anonymously.

"Where do I send the checks," asks an editor. Because it's that easy to get a book published. Oye. We love Dan, but wow, this is some bad writing. The show's, not his.

Then again, Vanessa did leave for Spain, so this plot line was a net positive.

Interesting Serena Scene

Fast forward three weeks and story arcs are being tied up left and right. Blair is headed to Monaco to get married, and she’s still being friendly with Dan and with Chuck.

Charlie returns to Florida but longs for NYC. Eric is going off to college, but first, to the Hamptons with Dan. Chuck and Nate are embarking on an epic global adventure.

Serena heads to California to do nothing on the beach. She needs to be alone in Malibu, only to get a job in the movies when a famous director happens to walk past her.

Oh, and there's a positive pregnancy test in the trash Dorota removes as we fade to black! Could be Blair carrying the baby of Louis ... or Chuck?! Is it even B's test?

Quite the cliffhanger to leave us with after a finale that was already pretty darn entertaining. The show went out on a high note and next season could be even better.

Who do you think the pregnancy test belongs to, and what developments are you most looking forward to next fall? Did you like the Gossip Girl season finale overall?

Did Chuck make the right decision? Is it really over for Chair? Was the season as a whole disappointing, or did it redeem itself by the end? So much to discuss. Go to it!

First, a quick poll: Did Chuck make the right decision letting Blair go?

 

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@candb: I have to agree with you on the great love part, I think Chuck and Blair needed to be apart for a while at least to fix themselves and define themselves, but not because supposely a great love or their great love can't have a happy ending or because of a fake farytale, how can it be a true farytale if it's only half love? That's why I think she should have chosen herself and not leave with Louis, or at least not get engaged with Louis. He said he loved her but we have never seen him say this to her face, the same with Blair, she said she loves Louis but we haven't see her telling him this and on top of that there is the caveat that she loves him but not like she loves Chuck? The whole thing is too surreal, but then again the writers are crazy (not that they mind what we think, apparently) and probably decided not to put so much effort into a character that is only a guest star and is not even confirmed to guest star again in Season 5 (and even if he does shows up it will probably be only for the first episodes). The whole thing with Louis kinda saddens me not only because the guy seems nice, genuine and has been played (which he was, even if Chuck and Blair felt bad about it later) but because there is still the chance that at the end the writers made Lord Marcus 2.0 out of him, I mean why is Louis so desperate to marry a woman he barely knows and who is obviously still hanged up to her ex? If he insist on dating her that's one thing, but he already proposed, and any supposed caveat saying they can continue dating during the engagement is BS and that's been proven by the fact that Blair is already planning for a November wedding (btw I think whoever took the test did it after the Blair-Serena conversation and like some are imagining who knows if the person stuck around long enough to see the result, then again even if she decided to ignore it the syntoms eventually will start to show and the person will realize the truth).

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Okay, so no DAIR. They kept us hyped up with their story and now it's floated away like the other romances. Anyway what happened in this season was really awesome.

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I agree, if they never put Chair back together again, this whole show would make absolutely no sense and would have been a waste of my 4 years watching it, that's for sure. You don't skip out on great loves, they rarely ever come again!!

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what im about to say is going to sound VERY strange but after i explain, i think you'll all begin to see my point of view. -BLAIR NEEDS HER SWAG BACK. dont pretend you dont know what im talking about, and dont pretend that you're completely clueless of the entire 180-turn blair has done since season 2 ended. she's almost a completely different person now, and i NEED the old blair back. haven't any of you noticed how motherly and sweet blair's voice has sounded latley? and how SWEET&NICE she's been acting in general? sure, once in a while its cute to see that side of her (when chuck's the one bringing it out) but thats not the REAL BLAIR. point blank. what happened to the queen bee blair? the one who ALWAYS stood up for herself? the one with the infamous strut and snotty, condescending, smirk she'd give anyone who dared to cross her? "the party's saturday. and *smirk* you're kinda not invited" THATS the blair i miss. did u not see the dorky dancing she was doing at the bar mitzvah? thats not her. she's not as confident anymore, she doesn't shine like she used to. ALL OF YOU CHAIR HATERS out there are so eager to believe that chuck was the one who made blair helpless and vulnerable. but i think everyone's been looking into it WAY too much. i think the little time blair spent at NYU, REALLY took a toll on her. she was like a fish out of water and -for the first time in her life- felt like a social outcast. a loser. ever since then, she's never been quite the same. I think it's going to take a LONG time to get the old blair back. Sure i agree, its nice to for once see blair in a simple, effortless, carefree, relationship. but not a MARRIAGE. marriage is when you vow to spend the rest of your life with someone. and you simply cant do that when you're in love with someone else. it isnt fair to you, or to the person you're marrying. happiness aside, blair simply belongs with chuck. when she's with him, shes REAL. not afraid to say what she thinks. when she's with louis...lemme put this nicely..shes... F A K E. whenever her&louis have dialougue together, you can tell its all from a script. TRUST ME, all it'll take is a little time apart from each other, and once they see each other again sparks will fly all over again. they simply cant stay away from each other. THEY'RE MEANT TO BE

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I hated it they got me all excited for a chair reunion and this crap why does chuck have to let her go what the crap,sorry but really dont understand that logic they can grow and mature as couple while togather!!!!!!!!!!

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Just wanted to mention this here too to get other people's opinion. According to Ausiello and his scorecard it says Serena or Blair in the shocking pregnancy for Gossip Girl, so that rules out Dorota. And Eleanor has been ruled out from the beginning since she had her tubes tied. So I think it's Blair.

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@moose: Serena was texting both Dan and Nate in fact they will talk together later, when she apologises. So I may think it's pretty obvious that the test is Blair's but who knows? Writers are mad - as someone said before! @carla: books are soooo different than the show, I don't think it's Eleanor's test. I mean, why should it be in Blair's room? NO SENSE. Anyway we all know how the writers love to mess everything up and play with fans about pregnancy (season 1 when B was scared to be pregnant and season 3 when B and her mum find out in the end that the test was Dorota's) and fatherhood (Milo & Dan's plot) I ONLY HOPE THAT IF IT'S BLAIR'S TEST, THE BABY HAS TO BE CHUCK'S. I HOPE HE WILL COME OUT WITH A BOTTLE OF SCOTCH IN HIS HAND AND A WHISPERING VOICE!!! JUST TO MAKE THINGS CLEAR!!!!

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in the books its blairs mother that is pregnant with a little girl

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oh, and the test? serena's. who did she start texting when Charlie (ivy?!) asked who she'd pick if she could go back? could be dan or Nate!!

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AMAZING. I'm still in shock. Dan: once Vanessa said he's always wanted to be an insider, he suddenly seems much much more complex. I think (however much I hate Vanessa) that publishing the book (maybe a little unrealistic, but consider a) the book is apparently amazing and b) she got it to the publishers three weeks before) was such a great thing to do, it will completely change his character for next season, which is great, because some times gg threatens to make it's small group of main characters predictable. Serena: someone's finally realised she's actually been doing nothing her life for ages. she's just been drifting from situation to situation, from Nate to dan to ben, and I think it scared her to think she could end up in blair's (royal) shadow. she can't expect everyone to wait around forever!

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

Chuck: There's a difference between a great love and the right love. I left the Empire State Building last year after two minutes when you didn't show. Louis waited all night. This is your chance at happiness. You think you shouldn't want it 'cause you've never had it and it scares you. But you deserve your fairytale.
Blair: We make our own fairytales.
Chuck: Only when we have to.

Serena: You know this isn't her fault. She needs help. The last time that this happened she ended up wandering through the snow in her bare feet.
Vanessa: Yeah. After she Single White Female'd her college roommate.
Serena: Rufus said the girl's boyfriend led her on.
Vanessa: Fine. She's in your dress with your ex. But if you're so concerned about Charlie you find her and I'll find Dan.

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