Gossip Girl Producer Speaks on Diana, Charlie, 100th Episode

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Gossip Girl Executive Producer Joshua Safran has a lot on his plate.

If last night's episode, "Beauty and the Feast" didn't make that obvious enough, think about all the stories he has to tie together this season. Recently, he sat down to reflect a little on all of it.

Excerpts from Safran's interview with The Hollywood Reporter below:

All Hail Queen B.W.

On whether B goes through with the pregnancy: All of those questions are going to definitely come up for her. She’s going to have some interesting decisions to make.

On the season as a whole: This season is very much about choices, whether it’s Dan’s book or Serena’s choice in career or Nate’s connection with Diana. Everyone's choices affect everybody around them.

On Diana's interest in Gossip Girl: Diana Payne wants to become the new media baron in New York. In order to do that, you need to eliminate your competitors, whether they’re the Post or Gossip Girl.

She very much decides that in order to get what she wants, she needs to eliminate Gossip Girl. Her agenda is very much to get where she wants to get. She’s direct, which unsettles the other characters.

Elizabeth Hurley on Gossip Girl

On other guest stars this season: Elizabeth Hurley is the only guest star because we wanted to make our characters fully enmeshed with each other. There are guest stars but they’re more Blair’s mother, Blair’s stepfather, Nate’s grandfather; it’s really more family stories. Season 1 was very much about these kids trying to define themselves.

As you grow up, you’re going to revisit those issues again.

On a dreamy scene: Our first dream sequence of the year is in episode seven and it’s a really fun dream sequence. All I can tell you is it involves Blair, let’s put it that way.

On what happened to the real Charlie: You will find out during [this season]. I don’t want to say how, but you cannot pretend to be somebody that exists without the person knowing about it.

On the challenges of this season: There’s still so many stories to tell. The challenges in the past might have been the beginning of college, because we didn’t want to be the kind of show that put everybody in the same school and then you realize they do that for a reason because the characters can interact. That’s maybe a mistake that we learned from.

On the 100th episode of the show: It’s going to be good, that’s all I can say. I can’t comment on [whether people will be returning], but what I can say is if you haven’t watched the show in a while, you can pop back in because it pays homage to every episode that came before it.

It will center around a major event, probably the biggest event that we’ve done.

On the end of the series: We all set goals for ourselves and those goals shift and change. Sure you can catch me up on Monday and I can say, “We all talked and we think it should be ‘X,’” then by Wednesday, it’s gone into a different direction. Some pieces we know and other pieces we hope for, but it could all change tomorrow.

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    Charlie/ivy twins? I mean now it seems like a convoluted idea with "ringer" but when is gossip girl not convoluted? Besides, they introduced the charlie/ivy track long before SMG made her comeback

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    imagine if gossip girl was dorota!!

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    lol @Blair
    @tash
    I completely agree with you, i love the dan/blair dynamic and even wouldn't mind if they had a thing, but it would just be kinda wrong if chuck and blair didnt eventually find each other. I LOVE THAT THEY'RE RETURNING TO SEASON 1 DYNAMIC/PLOT. SO GOOD.

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    oh wait, i just realized of they reveal who gg is on the 100th ep it would suck sooo prequeal it is lol.

    Btw its not that i dont care but im not that excited about, blair or chuck as much this season
    I'm excited about Serena,Ivy/Charlie storyline and dan's book(minus the dair drama) and even nate's storylines with this gg hunter thing. But i do want to see the wedding :D

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    now that i realized that the real charlie rhodes is out there...

    WHAT IF THE REAL CHARLIE IS GOSSIP GIRL?

    it would totally explain her fascination/connection with the ues and her love/hate relationship with the chracters

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    Sorry @GG=life* @ALF*

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    @AFL omg imagine that all the schemers from the past come to take down Serena,Nate,Blair and Chuck lol

    @GGlife omg that would be sick as like Diana is about to say and then t goes to the second part like a 2 parter lol but than it would end up being a flash back episode Prequeal than an actual prequeal which would be kinda cool
    But still omg ahhhhhhhhh :D prequel , prequel, prequel lol but a real prequel LoL

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    @marco
    I LOVE the idea of a prequel!! How cool would it be if the 99th episode was when Diane was about to reveal who gg is and it ends before gg is revealed and then the 100th is about the first ever gossip girl blast. I would love to see that.

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    I hope Jenny, Eric and (dare I say it) Vanessa returns for the 100th episode. It only seems right that every character that was once a series regular or an important part of the show returns for the big 100!! Also it should be a two parter like last season's finale

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    Dan and Blair?
    Ah go back and watch season one, Chuck and Blair have what none of the other's have!! Don't ask me what it is, but they have it and that's why so many of us love them. Don't get me wrong, Dan and Blair are cute, but I think they have a real special friendship and I just can't see them kissing and holding hands, it's weird. Like I guess I wouldn't mind if they were a couple but it's always going to Chuck and Blair for me. Like the same with Dan and Serena, that was a big deal in season 1 and it's like it's just ignored now.




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