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Gossip Girl Round Table: "New York, I Love You XOXO"

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's final Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of the last Gossip Girl episode, "New York, I Love You XOXO."

In our Q&A session, TVF editor Steve Marsi and staff members Christina Tran, Leigh Raines and Courtney Morrison share their opinions on everything that went down on the season and series finale.

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!

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1. What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?

Courtney: If I'm going for the funny... definitely goes to Jack: "Come on out Blair, Uncle Jack is here to help." Other than that, I loved everyone gathered trying to figure out who was Gossip Girl.

Christina: Mad props to William for both: “Run along back to Florida and be the queen of the swamp people.” and then “You’re a lifetime movie called Nobody Gives a Damn: The Ivy Dickens Story.”

Leigh: Favorite quotes: Jack meeting Georgina. I wish these two had met sooner, their banter alone could've made a spinoff. Favorite scene was the flash forward. They used "You Got The Love" from the Sex and the City finale and that automatically gets me emotional. It was perfect to see everyone in a good place.

Steve: Hizzoner himself, Michael Bloomberg, reading his phone and saying "I thought it was Dorota." Let's just let that sink in ... they got the Mayor of New York City and one of the world's most powerful people to do that. Pretty awesome work, Stephanie. I also enjoyed the closing song, as Leigh said. Great symmetry with SATC and fittingly, Florence + The Machine did the honors in Derena's case.

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2. Were you surprised to find out the identity of Gossip Girl?

Courtney: Yes! I guess the signs were there but I had my money on Eric.

Christina: I was a bit surprised because I spent most of the time convinced that Jenny was behind it all. And actually, I think there would have been way less plot holes if the writers went that route.

Leigh: After reading speculation and articles and forums for the last few weeks I narrowed it down to the Humphrey family. Especially when people were saying that there was a key clue at the end of "It's Really Complicated." Dan said he's had a plan this whole time. Boom. I didn't like it at first and then I was like you know what? This is brilliant.

Steve: As the only one of the four of us to pick Dan in last week's Round Table ... I was still surprised the writers pulled the trigger on that, and pleasantly surprised. There's NO CHANCE it was planned that way from the very start, but it feels like there were definite clues dating back to Season 5 and possibly earlier.

3. Chuck and Blair got married and had a Mini-Bass. What was your favorite Chair moment?

Courtney: From this episode? The proposal by far. And seriously, how gorgeous did those two look for their wedding.

Christina: I liked the flash forward with Henry. He was adorable and I was just glad that Chair could finally get their happy ending.

Leigh: The proposal. "Chuck and Blair could never be boring." Also loved their old Hollywood kiss at Bethesda Fountain. However, the best was when Dorota said to Henry, look who it is and he screamed "Daddy" and jumped into Chuck's arms. That made me melt. Then when he was talking to Cyrus, he was looking at Blair adoringly. I wanted more of the Bass family!

Steve: I like that Chuck and Blair have a son and seem like good, happy parents. That to me says more about the long-term stability and strength of their relationship than anything.

4. In the flash forward, we learned that Serena and Dan were tying the knot. It's about time or big mistake?

Courtney: About time! These two have been at the core of the show since say one. Although, after realizing Dan was GG it seemed a little weird. But hey, he loves the girl and she loves him. Good for them!

Christina: What mistake? Serena's goal in life was to get married, and of course she ended up with the one person who was more obsessed with her than herself.

Leigh: Only Serena can decide what's right for her. They waited five years so I can only assume that they sorted all of their crap out. I think it was about time. I wish we saw some more Gossip Girl Season 1 Dan and Serena because that was them at their best. Serena doesn't care that she was written about, "remember you're nobody unless you're talked about."

Steve: She made peace with his role as Gossip Girl, and five years passed, so it's hard to call it a mistake. If they had rushed into it, that would be another story. Team Derena.

5. What was the best outfit featured in the finale?

Courtney: Toss up. Blair's wedding dress or her dress at Serena's wedding. Leighton Meester looked stunning in both.

Christina: B’s dress at the Derena wedding. I loved it!

Leigh: Blair's wedding dress and whole ensemble was beautiful. Also loved the flashback outfits, Chuck's scarf made an appearance!

Steve: Not really an outfit, but in a similar vein, Dan's buzzcut, flashback style. Feels like a lifetime and a million Muppet jokes ago. Honorable mention goes to Henry's bow tie.

6. There were blink-and-you-miss-it scenes with Jenny and Eric. Would you rather have had them come back and play a bigger role?

Courtney: I expected them to have a bigger part since their return was talked about quite a bit. I would have rather had them not return if their role was going to be that small. Did Jenny even talk?

Christina: Of course I would have loved more screen time with the younger siblings; however, the entire finale felt incredibly rushed as is. I’m not so sure how else they could have been involved.

Leigh: I definitely wanted more from Eric and little J. Rachel Bilson and Kristen Bell had more of a role, not that I'm complaining because I'm a fan of both, but we needed a little more Eric and Jenny.

Steve: It did seem a little pointless to bring them back just for that, although at least they helped end the flash forward on a happy note. However, Lisa Loeb was more noteworthy in that scene!

7. Rate the Gossip Girl finale on a scale of 1-10.

Courtney: I always want to give a series finale such a high rating. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and discovering that everyone was doing so well in the future. There were definite plot holes, but there have been gaping holes in this show from the beginning. I'm going with a solid 8.

Christina: 5! It fell so short of what it could have been. Sure, there were plenty of answers and resolutions, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I'm going to pretend Gossip Girl Season 2 was the end.

Leigh: I'm gonna give it a 10. I'm SURE I will get a lot of arguments because you can never please a whole audience, but they wrapped it up the best they could and we said goodbye. XOXO.

Steve: I'd go much lower, but you can't punish the finale for some of the Season 4-6 episodes that preceded it, so I'll say 9. On its own merit, "New York, I Love You XOXO" was a lot of fun.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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I'm so torn about who is to blame for the Dair debacle. While watching the Gossip Girl Turns 100 bonus feature on the fifth season DVD set Josh Safran who wrote the majority of the best Chuck and Blair centric episodes from season 2 claims Chuck's arc that season with him saying those 3 words 8 letters to Blair is his favorite and he feels close to it and if that's how he felt then why did he make Dair happen which by the way I had no problem with during the fourth season but I hated during the fifth season if they or him were going to have it happen it should have happened during the fourth instead of bringing back lipsy Louis. By the way EW claims he is doing great on Smash well at least the first 3 episodes anyway

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By the way, I new the moment Rufus and Lily started having problems and she choose Bart over him that the writers did so so that when Serena and Dan reunited they wouldn't be step siblings and I'm glad that they never brought Scott back having them share a sibling was a silly obstacle

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When Serena was Gossip Girl she set a timer to have the blast uploaded at certain time which helps explain how it can be done sure there are some plot holes but it had to be one of the Humphrey's why else would they even be on Gossip Girl's radar two Brooklyn nobody's being mentioned on a site about wealthy Upper East Siders and he did say Jenny knew so I take that as she helped him when he needed help if you hate the show why are you still talking about it

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The crack-iest storyline in history, well it makes sense witht this shame for a show and with that untalented moron in charge a.k.a Stephanie Savage. Dan Humphrey as GG. Really Humphrey? You compared Serena (supposedly your "great lov") to Lindsay Lohan? You sent all those tips to yourself? You actively shipped Nate/Serena as the "golden couple"? Bitch please. Even if you watch the pilot, Dan as Gossip Girl makes no sense. GG was sending out blasts while he was on his date with Serena -- from what, his no-Internet phone? And the blasts that Gossip Girl sends out refer to Jenny as Chuck's next victim. Oh yeah, Dan's making pithy comments when his sister's about to be raped!

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I miss it too. I keep watching all the seasons!!!

Neejan

I'm missing GG already!!!!!! HELP

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When Humphrey is posting as I hate Humphery in the twitter war with his book agent she says your good at that he says I've been at this awhile that was episode 9 of the fifth season so the writers knew from at least the beginning of the fifth season he was G.G. I'd say they knew sometime during the fourth season

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@ Brandy, I am glad to see another 30+ on here too! Makes me feel better! Oh how I wish tonight was going to be another episode of GG. Guess once all of the hoopla from tonight is over, I will watch an ep or two. My husband bought me two seasons for Christmas! :)

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No report card from TVFanatic for the fifth or sixth season

Ladylily

rufly= open ending like matt and kelly already said. everything else is not accectable:)
they would get back together sooner or later i think. hm more sooner!