‘Gossip Girl’ Finale: Blair and Lily Decide Their Futures, Producer Sounds Off on Season 6
Gossip Girl closed out its fifth season with the veteran CW drama answering several key questions for the Upper East Siders.
[Warning: If you haven't watched Monday's season closer, do not proceed. Major spoilers ahead.]
1. Who does Blair (Leighton Meester) choose? The decision was relatively simple for the Waldorf when given the choice between Dan (Penn Badgley) or Chuck (Ed Westwick). In the end, it was all about the one that got away: Chuck Bass. But the journey to get to that place wasn’t easy, as both suitors saw one of Blair’s diary entries that seemed to point in Chuck’s favor. “With Chuck, I’m vulnerable,” Blair says while rehashing the pros and cons between the two men in her life. Even though she chooses Chuck, he rejects Blair on the outset.
For the writers, there was never any doubt as to whether Chuck and Blair would reunite. “I don’t know if it was ever a question in the season,” executive producer Stephanie Savage told reporters Monday evening. “It was a matter of arcing out their relationship.” The last scene sees Blair going all in with her relationship with Chuck, but is he ultimately going to take the bait? “We crafted the last act to set us in a certain direction next year,” Savage teased. Poor Lonely Boy, but is he really lonely? (See below.)
2. Are Dan and Serena (Blake Lively) really back together — and what does it mean? Not really. That one-time fling, harkening back to season one with Nate (Chace Crawford) and Serena, is just a hook-up — and nothing more. So much so that once Dan realizes he wouldn’t be winning Blair back any time soon, he enlists the help of one Georgina Sparks (Michelle Trachtenberg) to exact his revenge on the Upper East Side.
Serena, meanwhile, reverts to her old habits (i.e. taking drugs and and that signature train shot, one that’s been featured at pivotal moments during the series, comes back at the end of the episode.) “It’s a signature of the show to do echoes of previous episodes,” Savage says. Serena’s “lost Blair, she’s lost Dan, she’s all by herself again [and it] will put herself in a precarious situation.”
3. Did Lily (Kelly Rutherford) go back to Bart (Robert John Burke) or stick with Rufus (Matthew Settle)? In a surprising move, Lily opts to give it another go with the newly resurrected Bart, kicking husband Rufus to the curb in the form of an annulment — since she had to, you know, pick which marriage to honor. Kind of a horrible thing to do, wouldn’t you say?
“That’s something that’s exciting for season six is to see how that’s going to shape up,” Savage says of the Rufus-Lily-Bart triangle. “[The Rufus-Lily relationship] has been relatively stable [up until recently and] certain aspects of her personality that we’re all aware of” are coming to light.
4. Is it a happy Bass family now that Bart’s back? Again, not so much. Bart may have won back the heart of Lily but he Bass-blocked his son and Jack (Desmond Harrington) from being a firmly ingrained in Bart Industries. (Shocker!) Bart’s reasoning for publicly banishing his son from his duties with the company: Because Chuck’s decisions were/are so deeply rooted in his love and desire to chase after Blair. “You’ve never grown up, maybe you can start now,” Bart says rather matter-of-factly.
5. Did we just see Gossip Girl? Proving forever useful even while she’s away, Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) sends a big clue that revelas a person on a tape that could eventually be the all-knowing Gossip Girl. It seems a too good to be true, but Nate’s new breakthrough may be key in the unveiling of the person responsible for the gossip site. Savage was coy when asked whether the identity will be revealed by the end of the series, referencing the Gossip Girl franchise as a whole, which includes a book series: There would have to be conversations with a slew of people.
6. How many episodes will the sixth and final season entail? Though she wouldn’t confirm, Savage says: “Right now, they’re saying 10 episodes and a retrospective.” But nothing has been made official.
7. No more Lola in season six? It doesn’t look like aspiring actress Lola will be sticking around next season as a continuing love interest for Nate as actress Ella Rae Peck was cast in NBC’s new series Infamous. She “may not be available for next season,” Savage says.
When the new season kicks off, more attention will be paid to the main characters that were featured in the last moments of the finale — and the writers, who returned to work about a week and a half ago are already breaking down stories for the final chapters.
“We’re definitely focusing on our core characters,” Savage says. “The gang that you see in the final act will be our main players.”
As to whether the writers are aware of how everything will wrap up, the producer was coy but did tease this: “We know a lot of things.”
Gossip Girl returns for season six later this year.
Gossip Girl Finale Redux: Blair Chooses Her Man! So What Comes Next?
Chair For the Win? Blair chose Chuck! After an internal debate about which love is better—with Dan she feels safe, with Chuck she feels vulnerable—Blair ended up choosing Chuck. Alas, timing was, once again, not on their side as Chuck had just been ousted from Bass Industries by his recently resurrected father for always putting Blair before the company.
Don’t worry, Chair fans, Blair isn’t going down without a fight! In fact, she followed Chuck to a European casino, where she literally, and metaphorically, bet it all on him. Too bad we have to wait all summer to find out if Chuck called her bet. Of ending the season with a possible Chuck and Blair reunion, Savage says, ” I think it was just a question of arcing out that relationship so it ended in a place where it was Blair coming to declare that she was in it to win it with Chuck and leaving that as the question of season six.”
The Return of Old Serena: She’s ba-a-ack! After accidentally leaking Blair’s diary pages to Gossip Girl, there was nothing accidental about what Serena did next: manipulating Dan to cheat on Blair. Yes, Dan and Serena had sex, but once Dan found out Serena recorded their tryst (in the very same place she slept with Nate back in the pilot flashback!), he wanted nothing to do with her. Cue Serena leaving town, doing drugs and hooking up with some random dude (played by Cobra Starship lead singer Gabe Saporta).
“The final shot of Serena on the train, [having] Serena leave town as we saw her come back into town in the pilot, was definitely very deliberate,” Savage explains. “The idea now feeling that she’s lost Blair, she’s lost Dan, she’s sort of all by herself again. It’s going to put her in a very precarious emotional situation when we start season six.”
Dair Down For the Count? Things are looking pretty bleak for Dan and Blair, who were recently in a very good place. After reading Blair’s leaked diary, he issued her an ultimatum and let his insecurities get the best of him…hence the whole sleeping with Serena part of the episode. As for Blair, she just didn’t love Dan the way she loves Chuck. Scorned by the two women in his life, Dan ended the episode teaming up with Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) to write an explosive tell-all book about the Upper East Side, the book he should have written all along, he says ominously.
So does this mean the romantic portion of Dan and Blair’s relationship has come to an indefinite end? “I never like to say yay or nay to that type of question, but we crafted the last act of the episode to set us in certain direction next year,” Savage says. As for whether or not Blair will find out that Dan cheated on her, Savage teases, “If somebody had a sex tape on their cell phone and Gossip Girl and they said they deleted, but you never saw that it was deleted…”
Pedal-to-the-Metal Season Six: Savage says the writers have been rewatching the pilot and talking about their favorite episodes to prepare for the series’ final season, which she says will be 10 or 11 episodes long. (The CW will make an official announcement on Thursday at their upfront presentation.) “It’ll be really sad and weird when it’s over, but we’re leaving it all on the floor,” Savage says of the final episodes. “We’re really want them to count and for every one to be really special.”
Savage says the final season will definitely be “focusing on our core characters,” and later clarifies, “that does include Georgina.” So will Michelle Trachtenberg be appearing in all of G.G.‘s remaining episodes, possibly as a regular? It’s something that we’re talking about,” Savage says.
Check back with us tomorrow for more season six scoop from Savage, including what’s next for Nate and Lily, who chose Bart over Rufus in the finale.
Gossip Girl Finale Post Mortem: Show’s Boss on Blair’s Choice, Dan’s Revengenda and More
WARNING: If you have yet to watch Monday’s season finale of Gossip Girl, avert your eyes now. Everyone else, you may proceed….
Broken hearts, sex tapes and a whole lot of texting — it must be finale time on Gossip Girl. But while some relationships came to an end in Monday’s Season 5 capper, an old one started to rekindle when Blair finally admitted that her heart belongs to Chuck. So will the couple get their happy ending? Are things really over with Dan? And will Serena spiral? Executive producer Stephanie Savage weighs in on all of those questions and previews the upcoming sixth and final season.
THE FINAL GAME PLAN | “Getting ready for Season 6, everybody rewatched the pilot,” says Savage. “We talked about what our favorite episodes were, some of our favorite dynamics. … We’re leaving it all on the floor. We really want [the last episodes] to count and to be really special.” Priority No. 1: Focusing on the core characters. “The gang that you saw in that final act [of the Season 5 finale will be] the main players when we come back.” And yes, that includes Georgina, who Dan summoned to help him eviscerate the Upper East Side after getting dumped by Blair and used by Serena. So just how nasty will his quest get? “When you call in Georgina Sparks, you’re not looking to [play nice],” hints Savage.
BLAIR’S HEART | The former princess may have chosen the Dark Knight, but Chuck— tired of putting her first and losing everything — was having none of it. Still, Blair showed up at a Parisan casino where Chuck was gambling to earn back his fortune. “It was Blair coming to declare that she was in it to win it with Chuck and leaving that [relationship's future] as the question of Season 6,” previews Savage. And for the Dair ‘shippers out there, we’re afraid we have bad news. “We crafted the last act of the episode to set us in a certain direction next year,” says Savage, all but confirming the death of Dair.
SERENA’S DOWNFALL | In a deliberate echo to the pilot, Serena took off on a train and retreated to her old, bad habits, using drugs and hooking up with strangers. “Feeling like she’s lost Blair, lost Dan, she’s all by herself again,” explains Savage. “It’s going to put her in a pretty precarious situation.” Meanwhile, that sex tape she made of herself and Dan may rear its ugly head again. “Well, if somebody had a sex tape on their cell phone, and they said they deleted it, but you never really saw that it was deleted…” the EP trails off. Yeah, we can do the math on that one.
NATE: YOU WIN SOME, YOU LOSE SOME | Nate will “be tracking down” that mysterious hooded figure who may or may not be Gossip Girl. But unraveling the indenity of the infamous blogger “is something that has larger implications to the franchise beyond just our series,” explains the EP. “That reveal requires conversations at the highest level.” While Nate may have gotten a major clue in the war against Gossip Girl, he won’t be so lucky in the romance department next season. Ella Rae Peck, who plays Lola, is starring in NBC’s new drama series Infamous, so “it seems like she’s not going to be available to do the show next year.” Poor Nate, will he ever find lasting love? “That’s something that’s a big part of his series arc, and something that we’re going to be exploring next year.”