Gossip Girl Producers Defend Season Finale, Reassure Fans
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.
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.
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.
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 ...