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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please i beg you NO CLOSURE i love them and if they wont be getting back together i sure as hell wont be watching season 5 ive put up through all of it even when my friends stopped watching it i kept going and now CW has totally broken my heart.

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I'm also unsure that Blair is pregnant! But Elenore?? This would be just gross. She looks like she is behind her 50ths>.<
If it were Lily...alright! But Elenore and Cyrus?XDDD O.M.G.
No no no I don't want to get any bad pictures in my head about these two!! Please let it be a Chair baby..pleaaase:)

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I feel like everyone forgot about Dan and Blair. I thought I heard that they're story was not over yet....so what the heck? At the end when Rufus asked Dan if he was bummed about Charlie leaving and Eric said something like "thats not who hes bummed about." was he talking about blair? Cuz eric had a funny look on his face when dan and blair were talking about their movie chats. I think eric knows dan feels something for blair and its not gone yet. There has to be more to the Dair story.

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Oh holy night! If Chuck and Blair is really having a baby, this will not only bring them back together (which i think), but they will have the most cunning and powerful baby ever. I seriously expect the baby having Blair's devious antics while ruling the bass empire. LOL.. COME ON.. A BABY from the two most powerful Upper East Siders.. That would be seriously a GAME!
:P LOL I went tooooooo far.. Now back to the review: Chuck did his best at letting Blair go, but me thinks that they CAN"T and STILL won't break their band, theirs is too strong!

Xoxocarly

I think Serena or eleanor or Serena's baby because darota picked up the garbage in Serena and Blairs CONNECTED bathroom. And that they already used the pregnancy thing on Blair. And in the books Eleanor had a baby named Yale:)

Kimberly ann myers

Ive been waiting for this since season 1. Chair is having a baby!

Ronjay2309

Okay, what I didn't get was Charlie's (or Ivy's) role. She was paid to play the daughter of Lily's sister and she did got her some check books - or am I wrong? - so now that she can live her life without her family bothering her, but with their money. Am I right?

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I doubt that the baby's Blair's because she had that storyline in Season 1 when she'd slept with both Chuck and Nate (albeit just a pregnancy scare). It would be unimaginative to do the same storyline with her again. I think it's Serena's because then nobody will really know who the father is and they will be able to drag the storyline for longer. It says that their continuing the 'Charlie/Ivy' character, but I don't really see what role she will be able to play now that her cover's been outed (to us). I'm glad they got rid of Vanessa, she was getting really irritating and hypocritical - always criticizing everyone's scheming when she's the biggest schemer there. But is she actually going to transfer the book money to Dan or is she just going to steal it?

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I think Eleanor is pregnant. She was in the last episode, right? In the books she got twins, and I think it is about to happen in the series too. Those who made the script are just trying to make us belive that Blair is pregnant, and make a scenario about who's the father. But I'm quite sure Eleanor is pregnant.

Nicky79

Wow! How amazing season finale!!
I wanted to cry, to laugh, to dance, to punch Vanessa!!
But let's start with the most important thing of this night... Chuck has grown up!! Not the best moment, man. Who do you think you are for ruining one of the most epical Chair moments? Ah, right. You're the one who did the right thing. "if you love her, let her go."
I was crying when blair said o Louis "I've just had to say goodbye". So sad!! :(
He loves her so much... He came to save her (btw, I thought it would have been a longer scene..) and then he bring her to that party. And they have fun!! B finally realizes that she loves the Dark Knight... and he loves her TOO MUCH!! enough to know that she should be with Louis.... and let her go!
Beautiful end of a beautiful love story... But it CAN'T be the end!! Hurts so much. About Charlie.... WHO THE HELL IS SHE?! who's ivy? Why does Carol hire her?
Answers in the Fall I guess... Awww!! Can't wait to see Georgina's new BFF in action again.
Btw, I was so happy to see her again! Even if her life is so boring now like she said.. LOL And one of the things that is killing me is why does Vanessa published Dan's book? Bitch!! And Dan that prefers the UES than writing and his life like an intellectual?? Did he want the UES more than Jenny?? Surprising!
I love the way he ends up with B... Email chatting about films... At the end they're are friends!! I wanted to shout at Blair "I told you!" And what the fuck is wrong with the writers and Serena that can't make her spend a summer single??
Fortunately she finally realizes that she have to get a life!! To Nate and chuck have fun in your super-trip around the world!! LOL Let's finish this with OMG about the pregnancy test! Little Chair maybe... OMG, OMG, OMG!!!

Gossip Girl Season 4 Episode 22 Quotes

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.

Serena: Well at least now we know why Charlie's been acting so unbalanced.
Vanessa: Yeah. Because she is.

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