6.04 Portrait of a Lady Alexander Sneak Peek (Dan and Blair)
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6.04 Portrait of a Lady Alexander Sneak Peek (Dan and Blair)
Caitlin: Is it sad that I still hope Dan and Blair will get back together on Gossip Girl?
Unfortunately yes, it is a bit sad as a little bird tells us that the duo formerly known as Dair will barely be interacting in the first half of the season. That romance is officially dunzo. For real.
Gossip Girl will be silenced for good this December when the CW soap comes to an end after six years of love, lies and debauchery. What does the final 10-episode season hold in store for the UES crew? In the following Q&A, exec producer Stephanie Savage and Sara Goodman drop exclusive intel on the much-anticipated end game — including scoop on “Chair,” “Dair” and the show’s titular rabble rouser
TVLINE | What’s keeping Chuck and Blair apart at this point?
GOODMAN | After all of this buildup, they now understand what it would mean for them to be together. The main obstacle is [them figuring out what] they need as separate people.
SAVAGE | The stakes are really high for them. They can’t rush into anything or do anything half-baked.
TVLINE | Dan and Blair — are they over?
SAVAGE | They may be over, but all parties may not be on the same page about that.
TVLINE | When we left off, Dan was headed to Italy with Georgina.
SAVAGE | Dan definitely makes good on his plan and sets off with Georgina to Italy. But he comes back from overseas with something to spring on the Upper East Side.
TVLINE | How much of Georgina’s darkness will rub off on him?
GOODMAN | I like the dark, so I’m actually really excited about Dan this season. [Laughs] What might seem dark under Georgina is really just Dan finally claiming [his] power. He’s been dismissed by [the gang] for a long time and he’s realizing his power might lie in a different place. It’ll be a more hell-bent and darker Dan than we have necessarily seen, but I think it’s very in keeping with his character.
TVLINE | How does Serena’s new love interest, played by Barry Watson, compare to her previous suitors?
SAVAGE | He’s a grown-up. He’s from Serena’s world, but he’s found his own way. He’s someone with real life experience. He’s patient and very understanding and has a strong sense of humor. T
TVLINE | Is she ready for a mature relationship?
SAVAGE | The theme of adulthood is something that we’re really playing with in this last run. We’ve kind of gone back to Nate’s speech from the pilot when he and Chuck were walking in Central Park wondering, “Are we really going to end up being just like our parents.” A lot of our characters are dealing with issues where they’re fully adults now, and that’s definitely true of Serena.
TVLINE | What about Nate?
SAVAGE | Nate is trying to run The Spectator on his own without any crazy entanglements from financial partners and he’s figuring out that that’s not as easy as it might seem.
TVLINE | Any hope you can offer Lily/Rufus fans?
SAVAGE | Bart Bass is a pretty formidable opponent. That’s all I’ll say. [Laughs]
TVLINE | How big a role will Serena and Blair’s friendship play this season?
SAVAGE | Blair and Serena’s friendship is really a spine for this whole season. They’re relationship is the premise for this show. So we’re really focusing a lot on that this year. And certainly the finale will focus on it as well.
GOODMAN | They are very strong in the last two episodes.
TVLINE | Any familiar faces returning for the finale? Vanessa? Jenny? Eric?
SAVAGE | We definitely, without giving anything away, hope to see some familiar faces in the finale.
TVLINE | Will Gossip Girl be unmasked?
GOODMAN | That’s a secret we will never tell. [Laughs]
Between losing her mother, getting run out of her apartment, and discovering her niece Lola is actually her ex-husband’s daughter with hersister (that’s cold, Carol!), the Upper East Side’s OG diva Lily van der Woodsen has taken quite the lickin’ in Season 5 — but will her relationship with Rufus keep on tickin’ come Monday night’s finale?
Kelly Rutherford spoke to Wetpaint Entertainment about the current strained state of Lily and Rufus’ relationship — and what the return of second husband Bart Bass from the “dead” means for their future. And speaking of the future… is Season 6 even happening?
Read on for our chat with Kelly below!
Wetpaint: Was this break between Lily and Rufus inevitable, considering their differences?
Kelly: I think they’ve really loved each other. They’re just trying to figure out, like everyone else is, how to make it work. And given a lot of different challenges — they’ve both been married before, they both have kids, they’ve known each other since they were young… [they] have passion for each other. But they do come from very different places and that can be challenging. Even the best relationships, when you go through certain challenges, you’re tested…
Do you see Dan and Blair working, considering — like Lily and Rufus — they come from such different backgrounds?
What I love about Dan and Blair is that they kind of use their differences and are fascinated with each other and their differences… They challenge each other in fun ways, which I definitely think Lily and Rufus have, too. We can be either really bad [together] or really exciting where you learn and grow.
So Lily doesn’t know that Bart is alive yet — will we see that in the finale?
You see that in the finale.
Will that bring up old feelings for Lily, even though she was planning on leaving him before he “died” in Season 3?
I think Lily’s going to have to make some choices. Is she still married to Bart? Is she married to Rufus?… I think there are some legal issues. Also, with Bart being back, what does that mean? Obviously there’s a lot of feelings and emotions that are going to come up because of that. It’s also the timing of it, too; it’s not as if Lily and Rufus are in the strongest place when this is happening. But we’ll see, I think it becomes a little more exciting.
Serena seems to be spiraling lately, making bad decisions, and seemingly reverting to her Season 1 self — what’s the deal with her?
We all kind of reevaluate our lives and take a moment when we’ve been through something, and really take a look at ourselves… A lot of our characters have done that, I know Lily certainly has done that. .. When we first started [the series] [Serena] was sort of in this, What road do I take? She’s going through that again, and it’s horrible — and real! I think we all go through that.
We have to ask: Are you rooting for Blair to be with Chuck or Dan in the finale?
Oh god, I don’t know. I love them all!… I just want them to be happy! So that’s really tough. Right now it’s hard to tell… early on I may have said, she and Chuck know each other really well and have a history, but now… Chuck’s going through a lot of stuff.
How would you sum up the finale without giving anything away?
All the characters are having to make big decisions in their life right now, it’s not like little things… [they’re decisions] that can really affect their futures. It’s very exciting.
The fate of Season 6 is still up in the air, even though it seems likely it will be renewed — have you heard anything about it?
I haven’t heard anything officially. I think we hear next week so… we’re all sorta in the same boat waiting to hear.
You’ve been with Gossip Girl from the beginning — do you remember those first days of being on set filming Season 1?
I remember… how young we all were. [Laughs] But it’s still the same group. It’s still fresh, still fun to work with. Everyone has a sense of humor, and I think it’s an amazingly healthy group of people, in terms of just balancing their lives with their work. I think that’s what’s kept the energy so good… It’s fun to go to work.
Keep up with Kelly Rutherford in the off-season at KellyRutherford.com!