Gossip Girl Exclusive: Joshua Safran on Major Season Finale Cliffhanger, Evolution of Dair

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The Upper East Side will never be the same.

Speaking with TV Fanatic this afternoon, Gossip Girl executive producer Joshua Safran promised that the May 14 season finale culminates in a major cliffhanger that "changes the fabric of the show forever" and that fans will "realize without a doubt" the ensuing narratives it sets up for next fall ... with one possible exception.

"There's one particular character, you might not know what happens to them," he teased.

Hoping For a Break

He wouldn't say who, or what the unifying storyline of this spring might be, but he did promise me there is one: "All the [storylines] that have continued through the royal wedding are going to land in the same place," he said. "Starting this Monday, you're going to see everything start to come together."

No small feat, considering the number of balls in the air at the moment.

There's Serena, who's been relegated to the back burner for much of this winter, but who's about to begin an intriguing new arc, and who the as-yet-untitled season finale episode "revolves around quite heavily."

With Jack (Desmond Harrington) and Diana (Elizabeth Hurley) set to return, "doors are opened that Chuck was not expecting to be opened," Safran said. "Things happen that change his perspective on who he is."

Several Upper East Siders will be looking to show Ivy the door, meanwhile, while It-Girl-in-waiting Lola (Ella Rae Peck) has no interest in the high society world she was unknowingly born into.

"So much of what we've done over the years has involved outsiders trying to break into this world ... now we have both somebody on the inside in Ivy who doesn't really belong, and Lola, who wants nothing to do with it," Safran added, cryptically noting that the Rhodes girls "may or may not be drawn together by a common bond."

There's also the minor matter of Dan and Blair, a.k.a. Dair.

Hot Dair Action?!

The fact that Dair has become the most polarizing topic in Gossip Girl history isn't lost on its show-runner, who again insisted there is no "endgame" regarding the couple ... not that he'd tell us if there were.

"People always talk about endgames, but the thing is, if you have have a firm ending set in stone, everything you write runs into that wall," Safran said. "It has to be done with a shifting, malleable approach."

Sorry fans, I tried.

In the short term, we can still expect "the specter of Chuck" to continue looming over the new couple, he adds, with Dan possibly having "a hard time coming to terms with the stresses that brings."

At the same time, Dan "will continue help Blair rediscover Blair in a very sweet, good way," the EP reminded us, noting that she's finally broken the parameters of her relationships with Chuck and Louis.

Safran says Dan and Blair becoming a couple was the plan all season long, too.

"Last spring was the tease," he admitted. "We knew Dan and Blair were going to get together at some point this season, as Dan's feelings for her would only grow, and Blair would grow more aware of them."

"Blair gave up her control, her power in becoming a princess. Now that dream is over, for better or worse, and she's finally breaking free and finding out who she is. And from the beginning, Dan was the one basically saying 'I'll be here always, I accept whoever you are.'"

Currently filming the 24th and final episode of the fifth season, with the 18th airing Monday, Safran says fan backlash (or feedback in general) hasn't shaped any storylines because it logistically can't.

Not that he's unaware of the passions he's stirred in recent months.

"Say anything you want about me, it's my job, but please respect each other!" he joked, calling for civility among the respective camps as the show ramps up for its long-awaited spring run.

Wishful thinking, perhaps. But a nice sentiment.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Can we get back to the relationship that started this show? The relationship that layed the groundwork? SERENA AND BLAIR. If Serena leaves there's no way this show will end like it should!! This is the core relationship of the show. Their friendship! They're sister.


Awww I love Dair!! They're so cute together! They should be endgame but I know that's not going to happen because a great part of the fans want the sick relationship that Chair have. When Blair is with Dan she is so happy and carefree, but when she is with Chuck all she do is cry and being sad. Dan is the one for her!


Safran is such a dumbass. This idiot should never work in television again. He had a hit show that revolved around an onscreen pairing that was total dynamite, actors with incredible chemistry, etc., and he threw it away for this ridiculous, out-of-character romance that makes fanfic look like fucking Shakespeare. Safran, face it. You fucked up. Just admit it and get this show back on track in the limited time that you have left...which isn't much, because your pet pairing destroyed your ratings and your chances for a full sixth season.


Safran - spoken like someone who hasn't been a part of gossip Girl from the begining!


@Leah not the best couple


@Amanda wow blair is blair no matter who she is with.


@sarah you are just jealous


I think the finale will disappoint Chair fans. As much as I want Chuck and Blair back together, that would be a predictable ending for the finale. I think that Dair will be endgame. For now. Its the best possible scenario from a writer's point of view. It will get Dair fans tuning in for fall because they will be excited to see where Dair is going. And Chair fans will tune in because they sill hold out hope for Chair. I don't doubt that when this show finally ends for good, Chuck and Blair will be together. Its meant to be. But for now, we have to accept Dair. They are cute together. Dan is so good to her. I think he has come into her life this way, to help her grow and really become who she truly is. Ultimately, making her a better person so that when she and Chuck do end up back together, they will FINALLY stay together. Sometimes people come into our lives just for that reason. To make us better people. So Dair is fine for now. But Chair is forever!!!!!!


MY GOD! Please give Serena a storyline! Anything to save the destruction that is Blair Waldorf. As much as I love B, the show has been revolving around her and her "endgames" the past 2 seasons. She lost her baby, married a Prince she doesn't give a shit about, and now she's in front of Dan's apartment in her lingerie. Seriously? This all happened in a span of 5 episodes I think. I want to like Dair because they are ridiculously cute and I've been rooting for them since their NYU days but you can't expect me to enjoy watching them on screen and pretend that she's not a married woman. Dan should know better. Actually Blair should know better. Where is the Queen B we all know and love? The Queen B who has her priorities straight. Does she even go to school anymore? I remember the days when the only thing she was worried about was what College she was going to be accepted. Has the writers sucked out every possible layer in Blair Waldorf's character to the point where she has to sleep with every male character in the show? Give it one more season and she might beat Serena's record. Good job Safran!


DAIR!!! If you don't like it don't wathc.. skip a season and tune in later... my fav ships will always be - no matter what anybody says.

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