Gossip Girl Round Table: "The End of the Affair"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panel breaks down the winter premiere (see our official review from last night) of our favorite show in even greater detail.

Below, TVF shot-caller Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy) and editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) join writers Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines to discuss "The End of the Affair."

Weigh in with your take on the following topics after reading ours!

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1. What was your favorite quote or scene from the episode?

Courtney: I really enjoyed the Dair scene at Vera Wang. These two have really grown to be great friends and it feels real and natural. The next best thing to a Dair hookup is a Dair = BFF. I'll settle and continue to enjoy their bickering ways.

Christina: Blair: "Just because we can't be together, doesn't mean I don't love you." At both times, it was perfectly poetic.

Leigh: I enjoyed the best friend conversation between Blair and Serena in the bathroom. They really are the core relationship of the show. Plus, Serena actually sounded smarter for once!

Steve: I'm with Christina and the final Blair-Chuck scene (video below). Ed and Leighton are legitimately convincing and did an admirable job of compensating for the episode's script writing to that point.

Eric: Chuck describing Dan. The only thing I love more than Dan himself  is Chuck making fun of the Muppet.

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2. Which "couple" was the episode a greater disservice to, Chair or Dair?

Courtney: Definitely more Chair. We had this big buildup of B and Chuck getting back together, and although they told us why through flashbacks, it's all gone now. Blair still spent time with Dan and their relationship continued as it has been going for a while. It just feels like like they are pulling Blair and Chuck away from each other so they can have a big romantic moment at the wedding.

Christina: I certainly felt for both “couples”, but definitely more for Chair. Seriously, what was the point of all of those poignant flashbacks? Sure, Blair has been through a lot, but can’t she see what she’s doing to Chuck?!

Leigh: Let's put it this way, anyone Blair is involved with is getting the shaft. Obviously as a Chuck Bass fan I got all misty eyed and brokenhearted for him, but I actually feel worse for Dan. He loves this girl and she's using him as a crutch and dragging his ass to dress fittings. It's better to be cut off completely than kept around and getting teased.

Steve: Dair. Even if you don't want Dan and Blair to get together, this was a big letdown. The show totally made us think that they had been hooking up, or that perhaps - this was my guess for the first 30 minutes - that the baby was somehow Dan's! In any case, the creative jaw-dropping possibilities were endless, and then it turned out he was just escorting her to the most hidden church in the Western Hemisphere. Great. Dan's feelings for Blair were also completely glossed over.

Eric: Chair for sure. After their kiss, she'll never see him as gain because of her pact with God!? Seriously, what else can you try to do to keep these apart. Dair got at least got some good screen time together. Even if it was just as friends and a ploy to get Derena back together.

3. Bigger copout: Blair's pregnancy being addressed and forgotten in 30 seconds, or her "pact with God" in general.

Courtney: I had a gut feeling all season that Blair was going to lose her baby so I wasn't really surprised at it. It definitely was a copout to not address it after she lost it, but it is Gossip Girl. The bigger copout definitely belongs to the "pact." Kinda hard to believe that Blair would be heading to church every day to try and make peace with her situation of Chuck vs. Louis. Honestly at this point, I wouldn't even care if Chuck and B didn't get back together right now. We just need something to get rid of Louis... he seriously has to go.

Christina: The former was slightly believable for me simply because I couldn’t recall Blair ever talking about the gender of the baby, baby names or even baby clothes. As for the latter, I guess you could say the writers were thinking totally out of the box... or universe.

Leigh: I expected Blair would lose the baby, as sad as it is. Her pact with God is, for lack of a better word, dumb. Sure it can be great to have faith, but Blair is actually letting superstition control her life. She needs a psychologist not a priest.

Steve: Blair convincing herself she somehow cannot be with Chuck is silly, but at least from her perspective, it could be a visceral reaction to the trauma she's been through on multiple fronts. That's the character's flaw. The mishandling of pregnancy, by contrast, falls on the producers. It quickly went from being the biggest GG scandal ever to an afterthought, and now but a distant memory in a matter of months. Weak.

Eric: Pregnancy. The show could have done some real trauma for Blair using one of the strongest actresses on the show dealing with a very real issue. Instead, it was simply like so much else on Gossip Girl: built up for a half a season, then erased in one sentence.

4. Bigger surprise: The real Charlie Rhodes, or real Rufus-Lily dialogue?

Courtney: Rufus-Lily dialogue! The real CR was bound to make an appearance at some point so this wasn't too surprising. The parents of the show got to have some real adult talk and then settled in for some NYE karaoke. Probably their most fulfilling episode this season.

Christina: I, too, expected the real (I almost typed Slim Shady) Charlie Rhodes would show up, but was surprised to see her so soon. As for actual Rufus-Lily dialogue… plus karaoke?! Who could have really predicted that?

Leigh: The real Charlie Rhodes! The producers flat out stated that we wouldn't meet her. And why on earth would her at Juilliard be some crazy secret?

Steve: I'm always surprised Rufus is still on the show, let alone dishing out semi-meaningful lines. But not as surprised as when something as big as Charlie's arrival eludes even our Gossip Girl spoilers page.

Eric: The real Charlie Rhodes! I've been asking when we're getting her all season. Goodbye Chivy and hello Charlie and more family drama! Besides, I mostly ignore the adults when they talk anyway. If I wanted that, I'd talk to my friends.

5. Who is after Nate and why? And how cool is he these days?

Courtney: I'm going with Tripp because Nate is the official new Golden Boy OR his grandfather who always seems to be up to something (i.e. Diana Payne). Archibald has always been super cool, and amazingly gorgeous, but now he has a point on the show and that is making him even better. He's no longer the pal or the side story, but has wedged himself into the main parts of the show. I'll take Chace Crawford in a suit bossing people around any day.

Christina: It’s Tripp, of course. He’s obviously jealous of his super gorgeous and ravishing cousin, Nathaniel. And Nate has always been cool. As for the whole editor-in-chief and all about integrity new role, it’s all just icing on the cake for our deliciously handsome Nate!

Leigh: Duh his skinny little weasel cousin Tripp! Max got paid to cut those brake lines! Sorry what was part two of the question? I was busy drooling over this sexy powerful guy named Nate.

Steve: Tripp and Max obviously had means and motive, as Leigh notes. But what about Diana, Jack and the Grandfather's role in this whole saga? Hopefully Nate, his random assistant, Serena and Gossip Girl have the smarts and the intel to get to the bottom of this. Nate and Serena, successful schemers? Sounds crazy, but never say never.

Eric: Gossip Girl. You do not take her down without retribution. And Nate is finally as cool as he is pretty. Translation? Extremely.

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6. Would you send gossip to Serena?

Courtney: Definitely not! As sweet as she has been lately, I still wouldn't trust her to "do good with the gossip."

Christina: No, never, and absolutely NOT.

Leigh: Hell no, wouldn't trust her with my secrets! Serena breaks pretty easily.

Steve: Much as I applaud her efforts, I think I'll probably pass. Using her position to shoot down false rumors is one thing, but what is she going to do when someone sends her a big scandal that's entire factual? Can she even process that scenario? I'll stick with my usual celebrity gossip source, thankyouverymuch.

Eric: Absolutely. Unfortunately most of my gossip would involve cheesy, creepy lines that read like teenage text spam. Guess who has a crush on you? 

7. Will the real Gossip Girl reveal herself?

Courtney: I'm thinking... no. She'll probably get close enough to Nate to where he thinks he knows who it is but I'm guessing the big reveal won't go down until the end of the series.

Christina: I highly doubt it. That huge reveal couldn’t possibly happen anytime soon.

Leigh: Never.

Steve: The 100th episode is titled "G.G." Maybe a Kristen Bell sighting is wishful thinking, but I bet Gossip Girl's role on the show peaks at that moment. Perhaps she somehow learns of Blair's "pact" and blasts it to the masses, breaking off the wedding at the last second and getting her mojo back in the process?

Eric: I hope so. Kristen Bell is going to need a gig after her horrendously horrible House of Lies tanks.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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I dont know why almost everyone complains.It is possible that there would be not another season of Gossip girl - is that what we want? They are not sure yet and when we complain that is not helping. I like this show and I hope it continues! I completly understad why Blair now believes in God. She survived bad car accident, she could have died, Chuck could have died, and tragically- she lost her baby. I understand how she fells and why she is now more religios. When this would not change her, than I would be surprised, than it would be unbelievable and strange.

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I definitely felt like this episode was a bigger letdown for CB, but that's probably because I AM a CB fan, lol. it just feels so unfair that Chuck is finally in the right place to win Blair back after almost 2 seasons of non-stop angst, and now she's not going to be with him because she thinks she owes it to GOD? Sigh.

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i don't know why everyone says that this episode has been the worst. i don't think it was that horrible. it made me cry
as for the religious thing, don't you realise that blair has had an accident?! i would also be frightened. she must think that a miracle or something happened. in fact,it wouldn't make sense if she hadn't reacted. the problems that people have after an accident are psychological rather than physical
i loved derena (!!!), chair (love them, they must be together)and dair (i like them as friends. loved how dan protects her)
nate has a good storyline!!! not involving old women!!!
gg has to be revealed in the end of the serie...

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Worst episode of GG... no wait, it has the other 11 episodes of this season to compete with, mainly the mid-season finale. NOTHING made sense... Baby - gone and forgotten... since 10 episodes ago.
Pact - unrealistic.
Twice mentioned quote - cheesy and feels like she's cheating since she loves someone other than Louis.
OH WAIT!!! Blair CHEATED on Louis and conveniently forgot to mention that... This show needs to go. Unless Blair is sent to a real nunnery, it really needs to stop running on TV.
GG used to be about glamour and making mistakes that can be fixed. But now that they've stepped on territories like marriage, pregnancy, etc, it needs to either be written better or just be discontinued.

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Oh, and who else thinks Diana was the secret donator of the 'blood from a family member' that was very briefly but tellingly mentioned?

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One thing that stuck out for me during this episode, as frustrating as it was, is how depressed Blair was (thank you, Leighton, for your acting skills). She made me want to cry the whole episode, especially the scene in her wedding dress. I have to disagree that the whole baby loss is being brushed over because I thought that had a LOT to do with what's going on with Blair and how hopeless she seemed. It can't all be about Chuck. Of course, I could just be giving the writers way too much credit. I am a huge DAIR fan, but at this point I'd rather see her with Chuck then with Louis. He went from sweetest prince in the world to passive aggressive bitch. How willing he was to hurt Blair publicly after she just lost her baby made me want to kill him. Chuck too, come to think of it. Nix my previous comment. This is why she needs to be with Dan, the one who wouldn't stab her in the back as soon as things don't go his way.

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SERIOUSLY CHAIR IS THE BEST LOVE STORY OF ALL TIME---SO LET'S KEEP IT THAT WAY! BACK TO THE LOVE PEOPLE! SOME OF THE VERY BEST EPISODES EVER WAS WHEN THEY WERE TOGETHER AND JUST BICKERING--IT WAS ADORABLE ( REMEMBER WHEN HE CAME HOME TO HER IN HIS BED AND HE JUST HELD ONTO HER? ITS POSSIBLE FOR THEM TO BE TOGETHER AND HAVE ROUGH PATCHES! WHY IS IT TOGETHER OR NOT!!! THERE'S OTHER WAYS TO KEEP THEIR STORY FRESH! CHAIR FAN FOR LIFE!!!!! DAN IS A GOOD COMIC RELIEF BUT NO WAY- SHE WOULD DEF NEVER BE HER HIGHNESS QUEEN B WITH DAN ON HER ARM. KEEP CHARACTERS CORE ATTRIBUTES ALIVE WRITERS!

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Actually, after the accident happened and before i watched the trailer i thought that maybe Blair due to major nervous breakdown blamed Chuck and herself for the loss of her baby. Which would still be kind of irrational but not so much for a mourning mother. It's so simple and so much more logical than having Blair spending her days praying and consulting priests ( i mean... what's next...maybe going to a witch or a tarrot reader?!!!)

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Almost this whole episode was cringe worthy to me.
Blair is not being Queen B. Torturing Louis, Dan and Chuck. Doesn't she think it's worse to actually marry Louis, to vow to love, when she will pine for Chuck. Breaking off engagement-better option! I feel bad for Louis, who has a right to be suspicous. You were running away with your ex lover and the guy still takes you back? Is he some kind of saint? How much more can you subject him to? I was hoping it would turn out that Louis was blackmailing Blair to go through with the wedding. At least that would justify the way Blair has been treating him, be more believable, and allow Blair to come back with a scheme of her own. Leaving him at the altar over something she has known from the moment she met him is just cruel... She could even stay away from Chuck over misplaced guilt about losing the baby. Blaming them both and feeling bad for Louis, who is devestated, so going ahead with the wedding. Something, anything??

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From the first scene of this episode I thought it had to be some kind of dream, it just felt so unnatural, even Chuck seemed to be phoning it in, in the beginning. Perhaps Blair and Chuck were unconscious from the accident and imagining it all...I did hope, a hope which turned out to be false, apparently it's all real... The line Blair uttered is poetic, and her scene with Chuck was acted as best they could, but the writing has been really...well bad. Gossip Girl has always been ridiculous in a funny sort of way sometimes, in my opinion, but this??? I just wish the writers would go watch season 1 and 2 and relearn how to write.
Rant over lol. I did enjoy the Vera wang gown though, and the Dair friendship scenes, though a bit drawn out, were sweet. Nate appears to be the only one who's actually doing something with his life, rather ironic lol. Oh yeah and the lack of Chivvy was a plus for me!

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