Gossip Girl Review: The Final Chapter

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It’s the end of an era. Gossip Girl concluded its final season with "New York, I Love You XOXO," an epic finale to a series closed out in classic GG style.

Over the past six seasons, loyal Gossip Girl fans have been treated to everything we could possibly want. The relationship pairings, the friendships, the glamour, the fashion, the drama and the best possible backdrop - New York City.

The finale gave us all of this one last time. Let’s discuss...

Blair and Serena in Finale

Bass Be Gone. The death of Bart was huge in “The Revengers”, but this episode, not so much. Blair and Chuck were questioned, but ultimately, his death was ruled an accident. The best part about it was the return of Desmond Harrington, who is always welcome on my TV screen.

Chair Forever. Even with the Bart drama going on, Blair and Chuck finally tied the knot! After a sweet proposal and help from Uncle Jack and the rest of their friends, the couple got married by Cyrus. These two looked absolutely stunning in their wedding attire. 

The debate has been going on between Dair and Chair fans for what seems like forever. Did Blair make the right choice? Is Chuck who she is supposed to be with? After watching this episode, there is no doubt about it. 

Chair Wedding Photo

Their long history has built them up to be this epic couple. Do they always measure up? Maybe not. Have there been plenty of instances that made this couple seem so wrong? Of course. But one thing is clear: These two are meant for each other. Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick have made these characters come to life and they will truly be missed. 

Another reason that this fight can finally be settled between the GG Shippers is the five-year flash forward that might have been the highlight of the entire hour.

Lonely Boy & The Golden Girl. Can you ever really become one of “them?” Dan Humphrey did his best over the past six years to find his place on the UES. The main reason for doing so? His love for Serena Van Der Woodson. And, (lonely) boy, did it work out.

After leaving Serena with his final chapter, Dan found his way back in with his friends and family by revealing the identity of Gossip Girl. These two have been pivotal characters and their relationship has been so important in building the foundation of this series. It gave Serena a relatable side and it made Dan someone to envy. These two were always enjoyable as a couple (that is until their parents were married... then it just became weird).

Lonely Boy With Flowers

As beautiful as a couple that Serena and Nate were, she was meant to be with Humphrey. As a longtime fan, I was very happy to see these two finally get it together for good. I know I am not alone in that.

Back to Florida with the Swamp People? Ivy spent all season looking to take down Lily and having William by her side. What a let down to see how this turned out. Luckily, these characters didn’t take up too much of the final season, but I expected something major. What I didn’t expect was for William to be doing all of this just to get back with Lily. This was one arc that really didn’t interest me. Not even a little bit. Did any of you care about these two? Or would you rather have seen the screen time go the main characters?

Who Is Gossip Girl? One of the most important parts of the finale was the revealing of the person behind Gossip Girl. Who could it be? Jenny? Eric? Dorota? Rufus? Turns out that all of guesses had been wrong. Dan Humphrey is the man behind the mysterious blogger. Can you believe it?!?

Dan, Nate and Georgina

I was a bit surprised (my money was on Eric). But looking back, it all made sense. I expected the person behind the site to be a minor character. Someone who was always around but didn’t have a huge role. Wrong. Lonely Boy proved his position when he revealed he had been pulling the strings all along. Even Jenny knew this whole time.

The funny thing is, for a show that was so invested in the identity of this character, I found myself not even caring that much about who GG was but more about the characters. Don’t get me wrong, it was exciting to find out. But didn’t you feel more interested in where the characters were going instead of who was the blogger?

Still, Dan Humphrey! Way to go, Lonely Boy.

Flash Forward. The last few minutes of the installment flashed forward five years and showed us where our favorite Upper East Siders had ended up. Blair and Chuck happily married with an adorable son, Henry. Lily back with William. Jenny and Eric back in NYC. Nate doing extremely well with The Spectator and possibly running for mayor.

Cyrus and Eleanor still happy. Dorota still being one of the funniest background characters ever. And Dan and Serena getting married! How gorgeous did Blake Lively look in that gown? Only she could pull that off. 

Chuck Bass and Son?

After Thoughts...

  • It was so nice to have Uncle Jack back. Wouldn’t have minded having him on more this season. When Chuck and him are getting along, its a great team to watch.
  • During the Rachel Bilson/Kristen Bell cameo, we got to see some familiar faces: Lola, Vanessa, Agnes and Juliet. 
  • Loved, loved, loved everyone discussing who they thought Gossip Girl was. Serena thought it was Rufus for a while! This really shows that the writers have paid attention to sites like ours. You can’t really want anything more than that.
  • Jenny, Eric, and Vanessa had split second scenes. Anyone wish they would have made more of an appearance?

So, this is it. It’s really over. Monday’s will never be the same. The ride has been so much fun and this series has given us TV Fanatics something to laugh, cry, and debate about. Many thanks to Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for a clever and enticing series that we could escape to for an hour a week. 

Chuck and Blair Wedding

What did you think, Gossip Girl fans? Did the finale measure up to what you expected? Were your surprised by the reveal of Gossip Girl? Did the right couples end up together?

Sound off below and let us know what you thought of “New York, I Love You XOXO.” Take the time to go back and look at the Gossip Girl cast. It is definitely one to remember. And don’t forget to check back for the very last Gossip Girl Round Table

It’s been fun Gossip Girl fans. Thanks for the memories.

XOXO.

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am i the only person who thinks that everything just lost its credibility when we find out that Nate Archibald might be running for mayor? lol

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At least Sage is not around 5 years later. And nobody ever discovered what William did with Ivy...OK...

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Defo One of the worst endings to a show which as been so great. So many twists and turns, but this ending seems like they wrapped it up very quickly. As a viewer im sitting with a very sad feeling, actually bummed quite out having spent so much time on a show with such a bad roundoff ending. Fact is, it was obvious they would put Dan as GG in the end. The build-up was easy to spot, and that made it even worse. I've always been a fan of Josh Schwartz, but this is defo one of the worst endings of a series i've ever seen.

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My sister always said it was Dan, but I didn't thunk so, I thought it would end up being a character always on the fringes or something. Now it's over I kind of wish they never revealed who Gossip Girl was. There would have been something more bitter sweet with the characters realising on their own the blog didn't matter and growing up or with GG closing her site forever. I'm glad Chair and Sedan ended up together and I love that for once Nate is standing on his own feet. One pairing I didn't like was William and Lily, I would have preferred her to be independent. Even though the writing got pretty bad after season 2 I'll miss GG, it will always be the show that introduced me to epic love and New York city...

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@ Loeb: As per Savage E! online interview, they pretty much decided from the start it would be Dan. It's a bit of an open answer that she gives, because she says "we never really entertained any other ideas of who GG was", but I guess this mean someone (in the writing staff, perhaps?) entertained other ideas. She tells an anecdote of that famous shot of Dan in from of a laptop watching the GG site with the GG voiceover in the background, as per her they had to re-edit that because the focus group totally guessed Dan was GG.

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From E! online: Savage mentioned that Bart was psychotic, at least the writers were aware of this. Someone in the NY magazine recap had said Vanessa's kitchen looked like one from the 70's. Savage said it is the kitchen set for the Carrie Diaries and it's the 80's. Apparently the DS wedding should have been leaked, but it was, which kinda amusses me, because it shows how sucky they were at hidding certain things, although I agree with her that they did pull out to keep the cameos a secret. In the NY magazine recap people were wondering about Serena's career. Based on Savage response, it looks she ends up like Lily, a socialite. It sucks, she could have been a writer or have a movie career, the show hinted at that more than once.

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Well the fact that Dan was Gossip Girl might have worked if they had planned it from the beginning and let Penn Badgley in it. But like this they did this last minute and with full of plot holes. Sorry the revelation didn't really hooked me up. Dan sounds more like a creepy stalker than a boy falling in love with a girl and try to get into her wolrd in order to be with her.

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@ sasha: I know. And that's was is bothering me with every hour that passes. @ Gaby: I agree. I remember that back then there was already speculation about the possibility of Dan being GG based mostly on this scene. The videotape footage shown in 5x24 also increased this possibility, many said that those were his hands. So it's likely they made Penn film that, or some guy similar to him.

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The writers didn't have Dan planned as GG for seasons 1-4, if you think otherwise you're fucking sheep. These clowns came up with it last minute and pretending they knew it all along.
- Why did Dan ask himself for advice numerous times?
- Why did he cause MISERY for himself numerous times?
- Why did he PURPOSELY try to sabotage his relationship as GG with Serena numerous times if he loved her so much
He doesn't seem like someone on the outside wanting to get in, wanting Serena to notice him, he seems psychologically messed.

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@Gabby yes I agree. I remember serena n Nate blaming GG n Dan saying that it wasn't like she was driving the car n making them crash as if he was defending GG.