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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.

Review

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I loved Chair´s wedding and the Bonnie and Clyde soundtrack? flawless! OMG little Henry I almost die out of cuteness! and Dan being Gossip Girl? no so shocking I knew from the pilot when he was reading the Blog, wait a sec Lily ended up with Rufus not William! they kissed at the end!

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@Zoran Nate is a womanizer ok and what would you call Serena? He wouldn´t be faithful? LMFAO Dan cheated on her with Georgina! Nananana before you say "but he thought she had cheated on him" Nate thought Serena had cheated on him with Carter and left city with him, Jenny throw herself at him and he stilll DID NOT CHEAT ON HER! "Dan accepts all her flaws and virtues" yeah that´s why he broke up with her in the place... listen I don´t like to reply because everyone is free to express themselves but why do you reply to @Drea let the person be! and with such arguments! excuse me "if stars were what?" stop smoking that crap woman..... do you even happen to know Ryan Reynolds? Serenate fans had to face the fact our ship got ignored and yours was endgame, your ship became a joke DEAL WITH IT! . In case you want to reply I won´t, I already made my point, but fell free to talk to yourself you seem to enjoy it ;)

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i am so so sad Gossip Girl is end!!!
OMG!!!! i am really gonna miss GossipGirl!
this is really happen, goodbye gossip girl! :(
the first tv show that i ever watched until end!
the BEST TV SHOW EVER that changed history of TV Series and made CW exist!! THANK YOU A LOT FOR BEST THIS 6 YEARS!!! GOSSIP GIRL HAD CHANGED MY LIFE!
IT'S AWESOME! I LEARN A LOT! OMG,I AM REALLY THANK GOD THAT I FOUND THIS TV MOVIE! GOSSIP GIRL ALWAYS IN MY HEART !!! I DONT KNOW WHAT TO SAY,I REALLY GONNA MISS YOU SO MUCH GOSSIP GIRL!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING WITH US"THETRUEGGFANS" UNTIL NOW! XOXO
WINSTON
GOSSIPGIRL !

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I don't understand, in the end, Lily kisses Rufus on the lips? Doesn't that mean that she and Rufus are back together? After being such a loyal GG-fan, it hurts to watch the final episode. I'll miss it, a lot! Thank you, GG.

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I love the finale!
I have been with Gossip Girl from day one.Always a Chair fan, always a Derena fan. And this ending was great for everyone. I even liked the Jack/Georgina thing!
The thing about Dan being GG, it maked sense for me. I liked the fact that they finally explained something on that show! Why he did it?
Wel so goodbye Gossip Girl, I'll miss it! :)
Blair looked beautiful in that dress btw!

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I thought it was fantastic. I do agree that it would have been nice if it were longer; it did feel rushed. I'm sure there are huge gaps with Dan being GG, but for the most part, I don't really remember all "her" slams, so it worked for me. I may be the only one, but I thought Serena's dress was god-awful (even though it screamed Serena) hiddeous. And, I also wish there would have been a little more Eric time. Jenny, meh, I didn't need any more of her. All-in-all, I thought it was the perfect end to the series. Also, two things: it appeared to me that Rufus had ended up with Bex. Is that wrong? AND, there is no way that kid is younger than 5. Chuck and Blair would have had to have been pregnant when they go married to have a kid that age only five years later.

Whathappened

Simply did not care about Chair after the writers sullied them in season 3, degraded them in season 4, then DESTROYED all semblance of logic with them in season 5. This couple ran parallel along the show, in a downward spiral that never recovered, becoming shells of their old selfs. Worst finale ever, Lost was better. I loved Derena, but with Dan being GG their relationship is as implausible and laughable as Chair's. I'm definitely not watching whatever vomit these hack writers come up with next. I expect Carrie in the Carrie Diaries to become pregnant and then go back and forth with an abortion for a few episodes before finally losing the baby storyline, in which it'll go nowhere.

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Refresh my memory, who is the brown haired girl that called gg a "little bitch"?

Whathappened

I didn't think the finale could get any worse than the penultimate episode, woe be me, it is. At long last this flaming sinking ship/trainwreck has finally sunk in all its miserable glory into what has got to be a plot hole the size of the grand canyon! GG is Dan. Really. Really? Because when I rewatched season 1 and 2 there are PLENTY of moments where that revelation simply doesn't make any sense. But wth right this is GG, and "sense" has been lacking in this trash for a very very long time. Goodbye Gossip Girl, you will not be missed. Ran itself in the ground so deep and hard its in China

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I was really disappointed with the finale. Yes Chair and Derena got their happy endings, I'm grateful for that. But everything else was just handled so very poorly. What the producers should have done was ask for a few more minutes and fleshed out some scenes like with Jenny and Eric and even the eternally despised Vanessa.