Gossip Girl Questions Answered: Stephanie Savage Weighs In on Finale

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Monday night's Gossip Girl series finale was one for the ages.

With cameos galore, two weddings, a five-year flash forward and the mother of all twists, the Stephanie Savage-penned "New York, I Love You XOXO" sent the show out in style after six seasons.

Check out our Gossip Girl finale review, along with our video tribute to some of the best scenes. Then read excerpts from her interview with TV Line, in which she discusses the episode, below:

Chuck and Blair Wedding Photo

On deciding when Dan was Gossip Girl: "I don’t think we ever had another choice in our mind. It was always just a question of were we going to reveal it or not to reveal it."

"It was unclear if knowing Gossip Girl’s identity was something fans would want. Maybe it was more fun for everyone to not know ... to speculate and come up with your own ideas."

On the plot holes that revelation might expose: "We didn’t want to lean in too heavily to that ... It was nothing that we wanted to be part of Penn Badgely’s performance as Dan."

"We didn't want the viewers actively thinking about it. We held the reins loosely and didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that one of our main characters might actually be Gossip Girl."

On Kristen Bell and Rachel Bilson: "Once we felt certain that we could do Rachel and Kristen together, it seemed like you wanted to build more for them than just having them look at their phones."

"Josh Schwartz and I came up with the idea… Having Kristen on the show was very, very special. To be able to have her onscreen was great. And to have Rachel with her was icing on the cake."

On Nate ending up single: "Well, he’s single for now. The Nate story we wanted to tell was that Dan allowed him to break the Gossip Girl story, which helped jump start The Spectator."

"He didn’t have any crazy partners or distracting girlfriends. He's very successful. We’re seeing him come into his own as a young man and a real player in the New York scene."

On Rufly not ending up together: "Obviously, Rufus and Lily together complicates the Serena and Dan dynamic. But more importantly, we felt that Rufus and Lily gave it a real college try."

On why Chair became parents: "It seemed like the ultimate coming together of their union and their future. And wanting to see that Chuck and Blair could both be good parents."

On Henry's name: "That was what Chuck renamed himself when he was shot."

On whether Chair was always endgame: "I don’t know about always, but certainly by the end of last season when we were writing our Season 5 finale. We had a sense of the endgame."

On whether Dair was ever an option: "Um… nope! [Laughs]"

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zoran: yes! and we simple should only ignore some things from finale, then its perfect. i ignore everything what there happened after the rufly kiss. i mean i ignore the william stuff and the lisa stuff, so that rufly have an open ending. and i ignore the dan is gg stuff. then its perfect.

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Wail all you want - Serena and Dan got married and this is the perfect ending! You're all hypocrites, now you all spitting on producers, and in May you're praised them as better than Safran! All you have praised and continue to praise that the 1 and 2 season are best, and now you whine why Serena and Nate are not finally together! They are not because they have not been together in season 1 and 2! With Serena and Dan all started and with Serena and Dan it is all over! Accept this if you want, if you not do not more whine without need! Because this is just a TV show, life goes on!

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@lulz
Let other people have their opinion without trying to offend and deride them. Enjoy your canon - it's the worst written one in tv history. Jarrod, Juliette, whathappened have the right of it. Dan as GG makes no sense at all, the buildup to Dair with their budding friendship was some of the best scenes and the finale was shocking. There was no character development, no growth, just people living in a bubble where nothing real ever touches them. What a joke. When I want to watch pure fantasy I watch GoT. The writers should never find employment again!

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I believe that if Serenate had a better storyline they would be perfect for each other…
they never really had a chance to explore their relationship as Derena did
I really regret that, I truly think that they are made for one another
Nate never love anyone more than he did Serena and Serena's personality is more suited with Nate
I have been rooting for this couple since episode 1…so I am biased
But I think that Dan's judgmental character would ruin the Derena relationship sooner or later - AGAIN

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Haters gonna Hate. Settle down. The show is ended and the Canon in stone. Yes there were plot holes but GG could only be Dan...the outside in Brooklyn Boy working with his wanna be sis. Chuck and Blair..parents..yes good for them. As much as Serenate would be a beauty together, Derena was the story and should end as the story. Dan falling for Blair was a stupid rogue idea. It messed with the whole show...all characters became isolated to do Dair. Did not make sense at all. Thank you SS for obliterating that mess. Those on their high horses please get off or ride on off into oblivian or wherever.

Aries93

Words cannot express how disappointing this finale was, let alone the entire final season. I'm expecting a better ending from the writers of 90210 than GG. Honestly, how did Savage even get this job? Whatever she writers in future, I most likely won't be tuning in. She has no intelligence or logic to stand behind her and her thoughts.

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Of course they didn't plan anything from the beginning. That's just a bs thing to say. Why not be honest? We had our ups/downs, we had some good ideas & made some mistakes. But she is a liar and a phoney. A dead giveaway of why the show ended the way it did and why is SS is talking like that. It could have lasted a long time, or at least get a 20+ episodes last season, but getting a 10-episode season was an sign that the show got the axe from the top. The top finally didn't want to wait for ratings to improve. There is no way a network drops a show that is supposedly 'successful' in such an embarrassing fashion. For a show that only had 1 or 2 seasons max, maybe. The way I see it is that the people at the top had had enough, and finally pulled the plug on GG. They didn't even care how awkward and rushed the story would end.

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meant "doesn't"

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@ Juliette
What reason would she have to kiss Chair fans a$$. The show is over, she does have to please anyone.
@ whathappened
WTF?

Whathappened

And Chair good as parents? Please don't make me laugh, Blair doesn't have a single motherly bone in her body. I wonder if Henry knows of his half-sibling that ended up being miscarried, Blair doesn't. She forgot