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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I stopped watching after Chuck slept with Jenny but I had to watch the finale! I was so hoping for Chair´s wedding and little Henry was the cherry on top! we all knew Dan was Gossip Girl no surprise there but why did Serena still marry him? I agree, why would she be mad about the expose but ok with marrying Gossip Girl? I swear I thought the groom was going to be Nate! HUGE fail there, he was the nicest (and hottest) guy she ever dated, that would´ve been a much mure surprising and honestly? way more credible ending for Serena.

Michael-b

Awesome finale! I was so happy to see all of the old characters! I was very surprised to see Vanessa! Glad she was back. And of course my favorite character, Jenny!!!! So glad she was back, but I wish she would have had a bigger part. I noticed the bag said "J and Waldorf" so i think she and Blair teamed up, which is awesome! I loved that Blair and Chuck got together. I love that Serena and Dan got together. I was confused on who Lilly got with???? The music was awesome. The flashbacks were awesome. The characters talking about who they thought Gossip Girl was fun. I'm glad they did that. This has been the end of an era... I will really miss Gossip Girl. It changed TV for my generation. It opened up the way for so many dramas. Monday nights won't be the same. I'm glad that 90210 is still on, but when that show ends I won't have anything to watch on the CW. I hope they do an GG reunion someday. xoxo

Soapjunk

It was a storng Finale to watch, As a From-the-beginning-Chair fan you can see my joy in watching them finally being together! Totally overuled my expectations and OMG Dan as GG?! did NOT see it coming, a friend called it last season when she saw Nates video Epic! My Mondays will never ever be the same again. XOXO

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O and Henry = freaking adorable! And did anyone see chuck mouth "i love you" to blair as they came up from their kiss right before the cops grabbed him? love it!

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Why is everyone bashing Serenas dress?! def not traditional color but its supposed to be a take on her gold cotillion gown from season 1 when dan comes to sweep her off her feet hello people!

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I promesed myself not to cry!...of laughing! I can't belive Dan is GG, there were holes and gaps every where! Chair wedding/parenting: fanservise. Derena: nonsense! Would you marry sb who is basically mental ill and stalker?!(thou I luv "Dan"as a character is not sane as GG) Nate for Mayor: Yes! I'd vote for him but first I'd stoned...is cute sure, but really? Rufus and Lilly as apart: good 4u Rufus! She's a bad mother and cold hearted goldigger bitch!(And deserve William and worse). So I guess I didn't like very much how it ended. Now I can rest my soul. Gossip girl deserve be a movie with a better plot and no an invented and rushed like it was!

Amygirl

I freaking adored GG in season 1 and 2 and then it went downhill from there. I kept watching to see what would happen next, but it just came to the point where I stopped wasting my time with this show. So I hadn't seen any episodes of this season but I did tune in to watch the finale. I'm happy with the Chair ending, even though it was rushed. It was a good ending with their son and I think they did the big Chair fans justice by doing that. Dan is GG? I feel like there would be a billion and one plotholes for that but this is the series finale so I'm just going to assume they planned for this all along and think it's "sweet". But it still seems super stalkerish that he did all of this and ruined so many lives and indirectly caused Blair to miscarry her baby just to get Serena to notice him. Oh well glad this show is over. :)

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I stopped watching Gossip Girl a while ago but I had to tune in for the season finale. It made me miss season 1 all over again with the flashbacks of when it wasn't the chuck and blair show and everyone had a decent storyline. The finale was a bit of a letdown but I really watched because I wanted to know who Gossip Girl was. I kind of knew all along it was Dan so I'm kinda happy it was him :) It made sense for it to be him. I honestly don't understand why Blair was bashing him. SHE DATED HIM!!! But Blake Lively looked absolutely gorgeous in the final scene and I loved her wedding dress. Glad this show is over though. Its been a train wreck since the second half of the second season.

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I haven't watched GG since the first season but I watched the series finale. I missed a lot! I watched a few episodes here and there though and I think Blair and Chuck make an amazing couple although I haven't seen an episode with her dating somebody else. I liked Serena and Dan too. But I haven't seen any episodes with her and someone else! Lol! When you guys say Dair are you talking about Serena's Dan? I have some catching up to do. A good show for you all to watch now that GG is over is Revenge. It's an amazing show!!

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is it just me or did someone else noticed the paper bag jenny was holding said J and Waldorf? Seems like blair asked jenny to join her

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