Season Four is just six weeks away, and Gossip Girl executive producers Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage have been hitting the interview circuit hard to promote it.
Below, we've excerpted some of the more interesting parts of recent discussions they've had about the show, and were our favorite characters are headed this season.
Here's what Josh, Stephanie and (Ed Westwick) had to say about a variety of topics and characters old and new, and what fans can expect come September 13 ...
Jenny is MIA but will be back, Savage says: "We want to keep up in the air where her character will go. Obviously she left in dramatic fashion [in Season Three]."
"We're excited about being able to create tension about her character. I don't want to say exactly which episode [she returns in], but it'll be in the first half of the year."
Eric remains a key piece of the Jenny storyline. This season, fans will continue to see him be fleshed out, Stephanie promises, especially when Jenny returns.
Ed Westwick says he likes the fact that Season Four gets underway Paris - and dropped some hints about what is to come for his character, Chuck Bass.
The future of Chair is up in the air after "Last Tango, Then Paris."
"We pick up a few months later," he said. "We're in Paris and Chuck's made his way there. Maybe a new girl, maybe some old ghosts haunting around."
"It's fun, man. It's a cool angle. We did the Hamptons thing in Season 2, as you know we're always in New York. To go to Paris, it's like a fair expression of the show."
Stephanie calls Paris "the ultimate expression of what the show is about - fashion, architecture, Blair's father, coffee, lingerie, all a part of the Gossip Girl world."
Chuck is alive but has a cane, as promotional photos show, and we will discover that he may have not gotten the best medical care possible after he was found.
Clemence Poesy will be in multiple episodes, and her character, Eva, is "extremely likable" and "very different than any of the other characters on the show."
"She comes in as a real outsider to the world," Savage says of the European beauty. "Not just like Upper East Side versus Brooklyn but to the whole culture."
"She’s a bit of an innocent who gets schooled pretty hard when she arrives."The evolution of Blair Waldorf will reach a new level this season, Schwartz says: "You know, her being at NYU was like throwing a fish far, far out of water."
"I think [now that she's at Columbia] you’ll see Blair with her power back, with her swagger back. Back in her game, but still troubled by thoughts of Mr. Bass."
"The Chuck-Blair relationship, whether they’re together or not - which I’m not going to reveal either way - will always be a huge drive to the show emotionally."
Georgina says she's pregnant with Dan's child ... but is she really? All Savage will confirm is that the baby is real: "Georgina's baby is Georgina's baby." she said.
"You will learn all as the episodes unfold." Savage says there is no "baby fake-out" and promises we'll "be seeing more of Georgina Sparks in more ways than one."
Steph also revealed that V will be back from Haiti and involved in the plot, saying: "Vanessa is back from Haiti and she's definitely going to be in the Dan story."
"There's a lot of humor coming from young people trying to deal with this unexpected situation, but there's also a lot of underlying heart and emotion, too."
Good luck making sense of this!
Serena's conflict with Vanessa and with herself will complicate her relationships, plural. "Serena [is trying to choose] between Nate and Dan," Schwartz says.
"Serena left in a place of being a little unsure of who she really wanted to be with and that is a question that Blair asks her at the beginning of the first episode."
"[She says] you can’t go back to New York without making a choice. Who knows what guys are thinking, but what’s in your heart and who do you really want to be with?"
"That’s something that will occupy quite a bit of Serena’s time as the year goes on."
Katie Cassidy's Juliet will cause tension and go head-to-head with Serena and Blair, Steph says, noting that this role required a certain type of actress.
"We were concerned about casting because [we didn't know] who we could add to the mix that [would] feel like she’s on the same level as those actors," she said.
"Katie seemed like she’d be able to nail it and she’s doing a great job."
What are your thoughts on these Gossip Girl spoilers and teasers? How do you see the opening episodes of Season Four playing out? Comment and discuss below!
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