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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After watching this episode I'm kind of dissapointed on dan, because it looked like he kind of used serena. So I feel bad for her because he's the only guy that she truly loved during her "maturing" etc, so... I don't want her to ever get back with dan, even when I was a derena shipper until this episode, everything felt apart. I wanted to think it was that he was in love with and well.. he was also a wannabe, but if he used her, no matter how bad serena has been that's just wrong. Remember that she loved dan and wanted everything to be special with him because no guy ever looked at her like he did? and now results that he used her and was in love with blair or something random like that? I don´t get it. I was an Ok episode mostly by Chair, but everything else is too confussing, like that one from serenas, that she never made her mind about dan and nate.. so, it was all acting when she told dan that all she remembered at the mascared was that she went to look for him to tell him that he was the one? these writers are annoying me whit those weird things they rush into. That's how it looked to me TOO RUSHED..

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Has anyone actually thought that if it is Blairs test then she may have took it after her conversation with Serena, therefore not knowinf that she would be pregnant when she gets married. I would love to see a Chair baby, that would be the cutest kid ever!
And why do people keep saying it could be Dans baby, when Blair kissed Dan she wished it was with Chuck so why would she then go on to sleep with Dan? Just doesnt make sense.
And if it was Eleanors why would she put it in Blairs/Serenas bin. Surely she has her own bathroom.
I think more than likely it will be Serenas (as much as i would love it to be Blairs) as she was acting strange, going away by herself for a while. And in an interview asking if Ben would be coming back it hinted that there was a possibility for him to return.
All i can say is roll on September so all can be revealed

Xams

i think it was an okay finale. last year's was much better, filled with scandal and so much more drama. still, im happy with this Charlie/Ivy story. makes things interesting if you ask me. as for blair and louis.. i dont know. still feels pretty weird that after only one month they both are madly in love.
Chuck is finally out of the picture (or is he?). now, Dan can go and get blair for good and that's what i'm hoping to see next season honestly. Even though she isnt a cast regular anymore, the finale would've been so much better with jenny in it ;)

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Who was that guy at the end of the episode with serena? I know ive seen him before!

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Im so sad HONESTLY it made me cry come on chuck and blair have to end up together its unfair making them have a great love moment and then to take blair away and come on gossip girl not suppose to be cheesy with a princess and prince its about scandal and the upper east side and rich kids partying and going through everyday games NOT prince and princess lets get back to the real deal with gossip girl chuck and blair serena and nate dan and his writing and THANK GOD vanessa not coming back shes a waste lol. i hope its chucks baby cause the books chucks GAY and blair with eric so i dont think they follow everything from the books just the concept!

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THAT WAS AN AMAZING FINALE!

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I think this was the most heartbreaking episode I have ever seen on Gossip Girl. Seriously, even if you weren't a chuck and blair fan, how could you not be moved by that scene? The whole thing just felt so wrong, and without Chuck and Blair, the show just feels empty; colorless. I couldn't bear to see chuck truly love someone else, and be with someone else. That would just break my heart, even more than it already has. I don't want the emptier lives for them of the rest of their lives staring at each other at society functions, wondering what could've been. It's so wrong. What I would love to see is Blair breaking things off with Louis, eventually, and Chuck spending some time on himself, building his empire, and them meeting again at the end of season 5, finally ready to be together, FOR REAL this time. And this baby thing is ridiculous. It's what bad writers fall back on when they run out of ideas. This show is about young people, and the trials of youth: self discovery, realization of what you want in the world, finding the person you're supposed to be with. They're supposed to be laying the groundwork for all the things to come. With a baby, all that is over; your life no longer belongs to only you. I hope the writers will make the right choice, and let them be young a while longer. And this is all crap!

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I think this was the most heartbreaking episode I have ever seen on Gossip Girl. Seriously, even if you weren't a chuck and blair fan, how could you not be moved by that scene? The whole thing just felt so wrong, and without Chuck and Blair, the show just feels empty; colorless. I couldn't bear to see chuck truly love someone else, and be with someone else. That would just break my heart, even more than it already has. I don't want the emptier lives for them of the rest of their lives staring at each other at society functions, wondering what could've been. It's so wrong. What I would love to see is Blair breaking things off with Louis, eventually, and Chuck spending some time on himself, building his empire, and them meeting again at the end of season 5, finally ready to be together, FOR REAL this time. And this baby thing is ridiculous. It's what bad writers fall back on when they run out of ideas. This show is about young people, and the trials of youth: self discovery, realization of what you want in the world, finding the person you're supposed to be with. They're supposed to be laying the groundwork for all the things to come. With a baby, all that is over; your life no longer belongs to only you. I hope the writers will make the right choice, and let them be young a while longer. And this is all crap!

Ninasmileface

I hope this isn't the end of Chair forever. I'm glad that he finally managed to let her go, but we all know that Blair and Chuck have something to special to just forget. Plus she and Louis have barely any chemistry and it's becoming hard to watch. Hope he leaves soon. I think she's pregnant, but they're going to find some way to get rid of the baby.

Bellabass

Blair & Chuck forever