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 what’s in store during the farewell season.
THE FINAL GAME PLAN | As the series heads into its final season, it’ll be going back to its roots. “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.” Part of the mission statement is focusing on the core characters. “The gang that you see in that final act [of the Season 5 finale] is going to be the main players when we come back.” And yes, that includes Georgina, who Dan called upon to help him eviscerate the Upper East Side in his new book 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 was tired of putting her first and losing everything, including his Bass Empire. 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 don’t have good news for you. “We crafted the last act of the episode to set us in a certain direction next year,” says Savage.
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SERENA’S DOWNFALL | In a deliberate echo to the pilot, Serena took off on a train and went back 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” the mysterious figure in the video Diana sent him, who could 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 seriesInfamous, 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.”
A MARRIAGE ON THE ROCKS | With Lily deciding to get annulled from Rufus and stay married to Bart, that love triangle will be put in an “interesting spot… That’s something that’s really exciting for Season 6, to see how that is going to shake up and what’s the endgame for those two characters.”