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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@Lorrein, The writers of GG are all crazy, so don´t expect it to happen, remember that in other shows has happends, like dawson,in the end he didn't end up with the love of his life, so maybe it could happen with dair :S and on the preview's directors and interviews they did say "not always you end up with the person you felt in love with at 17" or something like that, to me this means that everything can happen, no chair, no derena, anything, because these people are crazy.

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sorry, I meant *heart

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@Me, I totally agree with you. If Chuck and Blair don't get together in the end of Gossip girl, then the whole show would has been a loss of time. And in the scene with the chairs, they looked so happy. So, obviously, they can feel happiness when they're together, but not only pain and sorrow.
The scene with the goodbye just broke my hearts.

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maybe blair did the pregnancy test and don't waited for the result for 5 minuts, but trew it away after 1 minut so she doesn't know the outcome of it?

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Chair could be apart for now but THEY HAVE TO END UP TOGETHER IN THE VERY END. OTHERWISE ALL THE SH0W WAS A HUGE JOKE!!! I loved the time Chair spent together smiling once for all!! And Blair bringing Chuck in the room to make love with him??? That was just EPIC!!!!!!!!!!! And as for the pregnancy test, I hope it's Blair's but most of all I hope it will be an evidence that they are meant to be together, no matter what they do or say. Life is showing them that they can't be apart!

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Why do they destroy such rare emotional scenes by cramming them in between dumb plot lines?!!! The Thorpe plot was dumb. It didn't make sense and there was no Oh My God moments. The whole, Blair's in danger thing was very disappointing. Bad soap opera. The Bar Mitzvah (pardon my spelling its late) was cute but odd...Is someone on the writing staff Jewish? I did love Blair and Chuck enjoying time together. Bullshit on the Blair and Louis thing. He's cardboard with a bad accent and a nice chin. NEXT. Blair and Chuck shouldn't be together but at least give us something back in return. I actually liked Serena's Hollywood plot. It made sense to me. I don't know if people even read Fitzgerald anymore but the books are fairly short and Serena could relate to his main heroines. She is practically Daisy Buchanan (wrong book I know, but Mia Farrow popped into my head). Also, it's been established that Serena leads a charmed life. Landing an amazing job by just standing on a beach is what she does best. As for the pregnancy thing...It was the only thing on the finale that made me go...Oh. My. God. A Chair baby on the horizon? Ok, if Im going to invest time into this show they'd better deliver (haha accidental pun) a baby that sticks around. Not like Milo, not like Anastasia. I dont think it's Serena's test. I dont think it's Eleanor's either. I know she has another kid in the book but a lot of things happened in the show that were never in the series. Chair for instance. Also in the books Blair has a younger brother. Aaron Rose was in love with Blair, not Serena. Also he has dreadlocks and lives with Blair's family for a while. Eric is a straight college boy that parties a lot. Chuck has a monkey. Dan smokes and the grand love affair with Serena doesn't even make it through an entire book, mainly because he creeps her out. Vanessa is bald and chubby. Jenny has double D breasts. Blair actually get's into Yale. Nate sails off after high school. Chuck's mother isn't even dead in the books, her name's not Evelyn but Misty. Bart doesn't die either. Actually Chuck is never redeemed in the books at all. Serena's dad never abandoned her in the series but still lives with them. Lily and Rufus never dated. Rufus' doesn't own a gallery but runs an urban magazine. And hates everything UES. The Humphreys' dont live in Brooklyn but the Upper West Side... I could go on and on. Basically, same characters very different stories.

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@arwenkstar I totally agree about the baby issue, hopefully it turns out to be nothing. Honestly, if it is Blairs baby (with chuck or anyone else) it would totally mess up the show. Everything we love about these characters is possible because they're young and have nothing holding them back. Adding a Chair baby would make GG to much like a bad teen soap. Besides the whole bastard child things already been done with Dan.

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I wouldn't mind seeing Louis and Blair develop the back and forth between chair was getting boring and if the ended up together this soon I feel like that would get old even faster. its more fun to see them apart...for now

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@Estefs, I suppose the only solace that that we can take with Derena fans are that Dan is fully aware that if published the book would hurt a lot of people he cares about; those that he considers family, friends and loved ones. We were also hinted that the book doesn't portray the "Dan" character any worst than the other satire characters. A possible exit strategy for Dan to blame the authorship to Vanessa (and rightly so, if she gets all the money!). If the book was written 5 years ago, then he was a different person who wanted "inside" the Upper East Side society. But why? Both Jenny and Dan demonstrated both a revulsion and compassion to how people behaved in that society. A kind of conflict between the good and bad people of the UES. The way he talked about Blair's conviction and character seemed an underlying respect for how she has developed.

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This episode was so sad. But whoever is pregnant doesn't know it because the test said negative before another line slowly appeared. Hopefully it will be Chuck and Blair's.