Gossip Girl Producers Speak on Blair Love Quadrangle, Serena Family Drama & More

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After a seemingly interminable hiatus, Gossip Girl returns next Monday with "The Kids Stay in the Picture," the first of five episodes to close out the show's fourth season.

The center of attention this spring: Blair Waldorf.

Will her strong, unlikely connection to Dan continue to flourish? Or will her presumed soulmate Chuck Bass win her back? Or, will a royal suitor return to usurp them both?

Gossip Girl executive producers Stephanie Savage and Josh Safran spoke to E! News about this story line and much more in a lengthy Q&A today. Read it below ...

The Lady With Red

Dan and Blair: Still a going concern or are they totally done?

JS: There will absolutely continue to be stories of the two of them together, definitely. All the way up through the finale. And beyond.

SS: And beyond.

What about a possible Chuck and Blair reunion?

JS: Chuck and Blair are very much connected in this pod. How that connection bears itself out, I just think we've got to wait and see. But the dynamics that have been brewing all season with them. Blair wanting to be powerful, Chuck waiting for her. All of that stuff is definitely very prevalent in these last five episodes.

Speaking of Blair's desire to be powerful, has Blair settled on a specific ambition and goal at this point? Does she still want to be a fashion editor?

Something presents itself very soon that answers that question.

Are we on our way to seeing Princess Blair?

Just wait.

Do you think Dan really fell for Blair?

Dan will continue to be involved with Blair and in Blair's story. And then he also gets a bit of a new relationship.

Is Dan's new relationship with Serena's cousin Charlie (Kalyee Defer)?

JS: Wait and see, but I also think something happens regarding Dan's character that has actually been secretly brewing for a long time. It's something that I think will reshape his character.

What can we expect for Nate and Vanessa's characters in this last batch of episodes?

JS: Nate continues his relationship with Raina (Tika Sumpter), and he's very much folded into that story. And Vanessa tries to get back in the good graces of everybody, and we'll see she'll end of trying larger and larger things until there is one very very big thing that will happen that changes things.

With the arrest and the return of William van der Woodsen, there has to be a lot going on with Rufus and Lily's clan, right?

JS: Oh tons. [Laughs.] It's always fun when you get all of them together, even when you get any three of those characters together it's fun. We're starting this - episode 18 starts the last five, but it also introduces Charlie, introduces a lot of stuff about the Rhodes family and van der Woodsens that we have never seen or known about before. That's seen through every episode until the end. You constantly learn more and more about Carol (Sheila Kelly), about Charlie, about Lily and Carol's relationship and about CeCe (Caroline Lagerfelt), their mother. It just keeps growing.

SS: Aunt Carol in Miami is a character who's mentioned in passing in the pilot. So it was great to meet past aunt Carol two seasons ago and grownup Carol in this episode and to meet her daughter, who is Serena and Eric's cousin.

And I assume this all comes back to Serena in the end?

JS: Definitely.

SS: Yeah.

Can you expand on how it effects her?

JS: The first half of the season was about Serena sort of being gaslit and wondering what it is that she could have done and then discovering that it wasn't her, it was her mother and that fractured them. So we proceeded along looking back at the past at what happened and not, and now this last five are sort of showing how the family comes back together and what this new family dynamic is going to be. That will definitely spin Serena off into a new direction. I think it would be honestly too delicious to spoil.

One or another of the actors occasionally says they might be done with the show soon, is there any plan in place to end the show? Do you have an end date in mind?

SS: The reality of television life is that the actors have six-year contracts. So any things that the actors have said have been in the context of that lifespan. Which isn't to say that there isn't life of the show beyond that but we're just excited about finishing up season four and hopefully getting a season five, and generally making that the best season of the show that we've ever done.

I'm impressed with all that you've done and your stamina in keeping the show so vibrant this far in.

SS: Honestly I think I can speak for all the writers, the show is an incredible passion for us and that writing it is a pleasure  and we love the characters and the world so much that its really hard to imagine a life without them. And that is pretty sustaining on a daily basis.

What do you think? Who will Blair end up with?

 

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I've been a CHAIR fan for as long as I can remember, and I don't know what to do if Chair doesn't end up together. It's impossible that Dair will be engaged because dan is too smart for that. Why waste 3 or more years of CHAIR if they won't end up together, right?

Yournobodytillyourtalkedabout-xoxo

Wow! I am very suprised with all the amount of support people show towards Chair. I thought there games were cute at first but after seeing the aftermath of there games, they end up getting hurt. Its sort of repetative, Chuck Likes Blair---Blair Likes Chuck---they have sex---complications are introduced ie.Hotel---They end up hurting each other---Break up---Blair breaks it off with chuck--- Chuck shags everything that moves---Blair goes on a couple of dates---Blair forgives chuck. And it starts all over again. Dont get ne wrong I liked the whole Dark night dynamics and all of there games and fooling around with each other, but there not in high school anymore. Blair has matured but I feel Chuck hasn't, therefore cant handle a serious relationship. When chuck grows up an 'redeems' himself as some of you may say then I will be all for Chuck and Blair. :) Now back to an even bigger question that is brewing~
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Team Prince (Prince Louis)
Team Pauper (daniel)
or Team Dark night (charles) I have already established how I feel about Chuck and Blair. Now to Prince Louis. Based on the (very) short time that Blair and Louis have been together, I cant help myself to fall head over heels for them. Its so cute, although Im not getting to comfortable because lets face it, it is gossip girl! Louis seems like a nice, charming Prince but again this is gossip girl so I wouldn't be suprised if he had some skeletons in his closet. And if our opinion of him changed throughout the first couple of episodes he's in. I think its a nice gesture that in one of the promo clips he is seen with Blairs shoe that Blair left him (S4E02). Although he seems perfect on paper not knowing much about him does make me feel a bit insecure about a full relationship, not to mention a proposal. Now finally to the pauper of the contest to win Blair's heart. I I would like to clarify that I highly disaprove of the romance/relationship between Dan and Blair. When things ended last time on gossip girl we were left with a cliffhanger where we witnessed Dan and Blair's kiss which 'freeze-framed' as soon as the two unlikely indivudals locked lips, literaly. This tourchered us as it gave endless possibilites, I personally think that they will finish the kiss gaizing into each others eyes seperated when Blair will say something like 'well now we got that cleared up, you can go back to brokyln.' :/ Well not escally like that but I think you got the jist. Perez hilton posted that after Blair and Dans ahem... Blair catches a fake bug and refuses to see anyone especially Dan and Chuck. Regardless if this infomation is true I think it may suggest that Blairs kiss ment more then she was letting on. I just dont think that them being together is very appropraite
especially when you throw in the whole Chuck, Serena Factor, its just wrong! That would be like Rufus and Vanessa together, actually Rufus and Vanessa is actually realistic. :/ So Prince, Pauper, or Dark Knight? My anwser Neither... And if i am completly honest I dont think she will be engaged for long. If this was to happen my preferences would be first
1. Team Prince- Louis and Blair
2. Dark Knight- Chuck and Blair
3. Team Pauper- Dan and Blair

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I wish Dair would last, but I seriously doubt they would make them last. I hope though that if Chuck and Blair become ChuckandBlair again, he does some amazingly, heartfelt grand gesture because so far he's been kind of an a** this season. I don't want her to just take Chuck back again because she is drawn to him. I feel like her character should be stronger than that.

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I want Dair to last.... ;(

Yelena

I hope by next season the writers will stop the "hooking up with one another" game. They should start turning their focus on which couples should be endgame and rebuild their relationship - Chuck/Blair, Dan/Serena, Nate/Jenny(if she comes back?)

Yournobodytillyourtalkedabout-xoxo

I must state that I am not for the whole dan/blair storyline. Its a nice story you-know the bad girl- falls for the good boy- good boy changes bad girl exstravaganza. But I don't think its very apropriate, lets be literal.
Three months ago...
Serena was all over Dan, Etc. BLAIR KNEW
Dan was all over Serena, Etc. BLAIR KNEW
Serena is best friends with Blair who would barely look at Dan unless she was making a mockery of him.
But now suddenly... Today... Just three months later Blair (Serena's best friend) kissed not only her ex-bf but the person Serena believed was her 'forever and I knew I was right' in Serena's words (S1E18) I thought Blair and Dan were cute as friends but a couple seriously not to mention all the drama it would cause for Chuck to.

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Dair must go on (can't forget their words "and beyond"!!!!) come on it is the reason why GG got back to the must-see show place again! People weren't caring about what was going on before the threw dair together! ( I kept watching, of course, but it wasn't nearly exciting as this) I don't know about chair and how the show will end, but it'd be pretty sad if they decided to drop dair too soon (or ever :P)

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So this is the plan to stop the Dan/Blair thing? Frankly, Dan is the only competition for Blair's affection, (yeah, yeah i know all about endgames, destiny, soulmates, epicness and the like but you know i'm right) otherwise people wouldn't be bellyaching so damn much. Make Dan bi? Dude, you have GOT to be kidding me with this, it so out of the blue. But hey, if we're going back to the books, then give Chuck a boyfriend too, because wasn't he bi too? Don't disappoint me, writer will weak plot lines. Don't you love it? Dan and Serena should end once and for all, IMO, Serena's too flighty with her feelings and won't stop anytime soon. Frankly i doubt she'll ever change for the better, she's been trying for 3 seasons. What they need to be is siblings and friends. Nate with Raina, I like it. This is exactly who Natey needs; grounded and liking Nate even in his dimness (still love you Nate). Serena cannot and should not ruin this for him, and besides she needs to be single at the moment. Maybe in S5? More Dan/Blair moments, hell to the yeah! As much as i want them to continue with the steady move to romance with them, it won't happen. I will however adore continued interactions, and just as well written as before please. Prince: Nothing against him, he's just there to add dramatic effect. And who wouldn't want a prince this nice around. Pple need to stop the hating on him. IT's not his fault writer feel the need to drop him on our laps.

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I definitely want more Dair. While I love Chair in the end, I definitely don't mind Dair for a while. Make that a long while. Unfortunately it will not be as long as I'd like. I'm disappointed in the Prince coming back. I'd like to have seen Chuck and Dan both vehemently vie for Blair's affections. I do agree with another comment that Chuck hasn't really fought for Blair anytime recently.
I like Nate with Raina. I am not a fan of Serenate. These are just my opinions however and like assholes, we all have them.

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so umm.... no word if Jenny returns... i see how it is! BRING JENNY BACK!! the show just seems like its missing something... a tall, skinny, blonde something that wears too much eye make-up but damn it i want her back!!

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