When Gossip Girl Returns ...

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April 18.

That date feels like an eternity way after last night's Gossip Girl, an episode that in many ways redeemed the past 5-6. "Empire of the Son" saw all of the story lines set in motion this winter come to a head, culminating in an epic kiss and major cliffhanger.

So what's next?! Here's our first look ...

In the episode, titled "The Kids Stay in the Picture," and the weeks that follow, there are many questions to be answered, relationships to be explored, wagons to be circled and - hopefully - OMG moments that will remind us why we love this show so much.

Share your predictions and hopes for the rest of the season below.

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Gossip Girl Quotes

And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl

[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.

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