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.


If Dair will be on Gossip girl, than I'm sorry, but Gossip girl became a crap. Chuck and Blair. Blair and Chuck. Like Blair said. They're magnetic!!


LOVE Dan and Blair. Love their cuteness, and how normal they are with each other. No angst, no silly games, and they are very straightforward with each other too!


Dair is crap. fuck dair.I don't want chuck with this whore ever again blair is disgusting


It was chuck and blair from the first season and it will be till the last second of the last episode of the last season! Dan is just a fling on the way like nate was, but we all know and all the dair fans should finally admit it that chuck and blair are the best couple , and no one will be a better fit for blair! Remeber how real it felt at the end of season 2 when nate and blair got back together??! Same thing now! Shes with dan for a little but she'll run back to chuck! There's no way that one episode she was inlove with chuck ,just with chuck and and on the next one "she has feelings for dan...." BS!!


Dair is horrible. I can't respect people that are stupid enough to believe they are soulmates. Fine let them date, but to say they are meant to be is ridiculous. If they were meant to be they wouldnt have hated each other for 3 entire seasons.


everything safran says is "Nothing will ever be the same" or "changes the fabric of the show forever" and nothing really happens. I'll believe it when I see it!


This question is asking the producer of the series Safran, but can respond to those who want: Why relationship between Blair and Dan has to work, and other links between Serena and Dan, or Chuck and Blair, or Nate and Blair, or Nate and Serena, or Chuck and Serena not have to? Why is the relationship between Blair and Dan really the one who needs to succeed? The answer should not be they are beautiful, they are the cutest. All the couples I have given are the cutest and most beautiful. And they all have each other and the strengths and weaknesses.


omg! I love Dair, they're so adorable, pure, funny and their chemistry is just ♥. I cant wait for april 2. Dair is ♥. ☺


This show is dull without the Chair fireworks! I don't even get how Dair happened, there is no chemistry there whatsoever (of course the sex is bad) The writers need to redeem themselves quick! It sucks how they have developed Chair for four years and dropped them in a jiffy. Louis was a better match for Blair then Dan could ever be with that awful hair and annoying boney face!


Things change. Dair is a couple now. get over it people. let's just watch the show for what it is. I for one hope season 6 isn't all about blair/dan/chuck. If she chooses one of the guys by the end of this season, I hope she sticks with it. Season 5 so far has all been about blair and as much as I like her character, the show is more than that.

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