Gossip Girl Producers Defend Season Finale, Reassure Fans

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As we continue to sift through the wreckage of Monday's Gossip Girl season finale, so many questions linger: Is C going to be alright? Will J be back? Is G really pregnant?

That's just scratching the surface, too. Fortunately, executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage shed some light on all of the above with this E! interview ...

Q: What kind of response have you received after the finale?

Josh Schwartz: Certainly the Twitter account is blowing up. But the cool thing is that people are really reacting, which is great. Obviously, some people are terrified that Chuck Bass is dead. Some are furious about what happened with Chuck and Jenny.

Stephanie Savage: They're furious for different reasons. Some people are mad at Jenny; some people are mad at Chuck.

Josh Schwartz: Which is great. If you put a finale on, you want it to be the kind that people talk about for the summer.

Blair's Decision

Q: Why choose to go in such a drastic direction with the finale?

Stephanie Savage: We designed it to allow people's perceptions to shift. People who had been pretty comfortable all year thinking that Jenny Humphrey was a villain might find some sympathy for her in this episode. And people who've been comfortable thinking that Chuck was a lovable bastard may feel he crossed the line in this episode. We wanted to blur the edges.

Josh Schwartz: That's Gossip Girl for you. We were launched on the "OMFG" ad campaign; we gotta live up to that.

Stephanie Savage: We wanted the finale to drive us into next season. Sometimes it takes a little while to get our momentum up, and we wanted to do something heart-charging.

Q: Talk about the Chuck-Jenny hookup. Some fans are struggling with it.

Josh Schwartz: It's a move that's been in the DNA of the show since the first episode. That relationship is something that was in the pilot - it was Chuck being a predator. And here they meet in a place where they are almost equals, in terms of where they are emotionally. It was a way to track the evolution of the characters over three seasons.

Stephanie Savage: They're two characters who are really at their lowest point. And Jenny at her lowest is choosing to do the thing that she so resisted doing in the pilot, and Chuck at his lowest does the act that he's been so remorseful for since the pilot.

Q: Now that Chuck and Jenny have this out of their respective systems, you think they're both redeemable?

Josh Schwartz: Everybody is offered a second chance in life. If Chuck weren't to survive what happened in the finale, at least he went out in an act of nobility. Jenny's looking to get a second chance and to leave the city behind and start over. Hopefully both characters were offered an opportunity for redemption by the end of the episode.

Stephanie Savage: Redemption is a huge theme on the show, from the pilot. Is it possible for a person to change? What can be forgiven? Who can be redeemed? That's the thematic material of the show.

Q: Can Blair forgive Chuck after this misstep?

Josh Schwartz: First, there's the question of what happened to Chuck at the end of this episode.

Stephanie Savage: Let's see if Chuck can recover from his bullet wound first.

Josh Schwartz: Blair can forgive Chuck in her heart—if he's no longer with us.

Q: And is Chuck no longer with us?

Josh Schwartz: I'm just saying that would be a way to forgive Chuck, if he lost his life trying to protect the engagement ring he was going to offer to Blair. That's a pretty noble gesture that can erase a lot of wrongs.

Q: Don't forget, you recently promised us that Chuck and Blair are always at the forefront of your storytelling.

Josh Schwartz: That's not a lie.

Stephanie Savage: That's totally true.

A Sparks Sighting

Q: Now that Mercy has been cancelled, will we see more Michelle Trachtenberg - and is Georgina really preggers?

Josh Schwartz: Oh, she's pregnant. We love Michelle, and we're always looking for ways to bring her into the show each season.

Q: Vanessa was MIA in the finale. Will Jessica Szohr be back next season?

Stephanie Savage: She will be back at some point.

Q: What about Taylor Momsen? When is her leave of absence up?

Stephanie Savage: We have a plan, but we want to save it as a surprise.

Q: Will Blair make good on her promise to destroy Little J if she comes back to the city?

Josh Schwartz: Blair doesn't make promises [she can't keep].

Stephanie Savage: We will do whatever will create maximum drama.

That much is for sure. How are you feeling about the Gossip Girl finale? Any better after reading Josh and Stephanie's comments? Share your impressions with us below ...

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Nate and Serena are the ONLY reason i watch GG. I still hope they'll get back together (they must!).

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hahahaha you wouldn´t have to deffend your own freakin show if you haven´t screwed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GOD!!didn´t you think that if you ruin the main 2 reasons why people watch your damned show,(with this I mean of course Serenate AND Chair) maybe, just maybe fans will hate you and won´t want to watch it EVER again!!!! Are you that stupid??? you better fix these couples or the most likely is that you are going to get canceled, and bringing darena back(AGAIN) and chuck with a new girl... mmmm sorry guys but that´s not gonna help at all.

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Guys PLEASE PLEASE Don't USE ANY OF THESE WORDS CONGRATULATIONS!producers your show is officially BULLSHIT!!! I AGREE WITH YOU DAN SERENA, and Blar are boring Nate,Chuck, and Jenny are cool AND BY THE WAY IT SHOUlD HAVE BEEN JENNY AND CHUCK and their always into trouble Jenny and Chuck would be a perfect couple they should be together and become GIRLFRIEND, AND BOYFRIEND

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Erin Thompson Says:
May 31st, 2010 9:46 AM Josh Schwartz: Stephanie Savage
Please Please Please To me a favor don't do anything to Chuck Bass just let him wake up on his own I've kinda been told the basic structure and what goes on between this chuck guy and blaire and he CANNOT die!i looked this video up just for that end scene.i think I've heard that theyre both bad but they are made for each other! right?ugh anyways he shouldn't die is this True he is not dead!it has been confirmed that he has signed on 4 season 4!!!! Is This information True or False I heard online that Chuck is not dead! he's apparently going to go to Paris to try and get Blair back or something in the season 4 premiere! well that's what i found out on Spoilers TV.com! Chuck and Blair are amazing! they will always love each other!:

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i'm just posting this in case any of the GG producers read this. i seriously loved this show for a long time and even season 3 was almost all the way a boring disappointment to me i sticked to it. i write this, because i cared a lot about this show and his characters. somehow this season didn't give me any impression that the writers care as much as i did in bringing us one character assassination after the other for the sake of stupid OMFG moments. the writing this season was very sloppy and mean and i cannot forgive the events of 3x17 nor 3x22. chuck and blair were the main reason i loved the show and they destroyed them beyond repair. no matter what, i'm just not interested in them anymore. unfortunately the rest of the characters and relationships (expect perhaps lilly's and rufus') on this show are portrayed with no depth, they get together on one day and leave each other on the other without further reasonable explanations. a beautifully dressed actress on a show is not enough to make a show be good. so here goes your super buzz, josh schwartz, NOBODY i know who watched the show for yrs will continue watching season 4. the fuckery you guys pulled on us through this whole season and especially 3x17 and the crappy finale pissed so many people off for a reason which doesn't include any speculations for the summer but to simply quit interest in GG!

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All in all this show is phenomenal and simply EPIC. Since day one i have been a Chuck and Jenny fan. Let me give you my run down Blair is a over privileged no it all that as met her match many times but she has the wealth to seem other wise. Serena is a fickle young lady that has no since of self understanding or direction(go any way the wind blows) she doesn't even know what it's like to be damn single. Dan is very sometime-y and is growing to be more full of him self. Good growing bad is what I call him. Vanessa is very easily influenced and to quickly emotionally connect TO EVERYTHING. Eric is my boy but his back and forths with jenny were stupid and unnecessary cause being put in those positions Jenny did what was needed. Nate is so in need of love it's a shame he just need to find his own voice and stick to it. Rufus as a father I thought was great but once he moved to upper east side he has really been pushing it!!! He has forgotten from wince he came. Bringing me back to Chuck and Jenny; Chuck- the person you either hate or love but none the less your emotions are affect by him because he is what alot of us think, feel, and sometimes strive to be. Is he cold hearted yeah, does he play games, is he difficult, can he be a whore, YESSSSS!!! BUT GUESS WHAT who isn't? He loves, hurts, breaths, and bleeds like us all and he copes very aggressively. Jenny a girl that climb the social latter most by choice and conqueror by default. She was never wanted as a queen she was just thee best fit at the time. Now once the crown was placed less we forget she tired to do the right thing.... but that was too HUMAN of her (she was pushed in to being more of a bitch) secondly she was one of the only people that was not afraid to try, defy, and make mistakes. Selling drug, running away, crossing people;even ones that crossed her first, then losing her virginity. All very realistic cause if my father told me i need to change becuz he moved me into another womens house with kids i would have gladly moved out and let his ass realize how much he missed me as She missed there ordinary life. The gossip girl blast ok by me due to the fact wrong is wrong and is my brother who has a girlfriend and my step-sister/enemy has a boy friend why are they in the bed together? The Chuck sex thing was not to get back at blair that was a product of self esteem being affected and she felt low enough to give her virginity to chuck bass was it right? No. was it to get back at Blair no cuz if it was she would have left the sheets. She was hurt when he walked out and in so many words said she was a nobody and went back to his life like nothing happen in the misted of them wollowing and sexing in there heartbreak.

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assholes. think they're damn smart. EFF THEM!

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Josh Schwartz: Stephanie Savage
Please Please Please To me a favor don't do anything to Chuck Bass just let him wake up on his own I've kinda been told the basic structure and what goes on between this chuck guy and blaire and he CANNOT die!i looked this video up just for that end scene.i think I've heard that theyre both bad but they are made for each other! right?ugh anyways he shouldn't die is this True he is not dead!it has been confirmed that he has signed on 4 season 4!!!! Is This information True or False I heard online that Chuck is not dead! he's apparently going to go to Paris to try and get Blair back or something in the season 4 premiere! well that's what i found out on Spoilers TV.com! Chuck and Blair are amazing! they will always love each other!:)

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Blair and Chuck are the only reason I watch this show...

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has anyone thought that maybe jenny slept with chuck to get back at blair?! after blair blasted lil J and said no one loves her and that she'll destroy her, i think there mite have been a bit of an ulterior motive to her sleeping with chuck, coz of course she knew it would get back to blair (anything bad never stays a secret on GG!), and destroy her life, just like blair threatened to do to lil J. i know she probly did genuinely make a stupid mistake but the fact she destroyed blair and chucks happiness trumps anything else!

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