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.

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@Gil
Mostly you're right. I agree with you that the series turned upside down. Also, I agree with you that we should let the affair Blair and Dan that to happen. But the producer Safran has already announced that the relationship between Dan and Blair for the definitive end of the series. What is not very professional and spoil the enjoyment of watching the series. Other romantic relationships in the series are scattered, why should this be successful? As for the actors Blake and Penn, I did not say that they are not professionals in their pols, on the contrary. I have a high opinion of them, especially for Blake. But I think it is very difficult for them, because of their past, to act side by side, especially the love scenes. You can call it what you will what writers doing, but the fact that they consistently maintain some relationship between Serena and Dan, and thus do not finish their story.

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Dair is the only reason I watch GG! I don't care if they're endgame, I just love them for what they are and I could not be more excited for the following episodes.

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@Filzah...I sincerely hope what you said comes true. I doubt it but one can hope right?! I so want Dair to be together for ever :) The best and most unexpected and most suitable couple to ever emerge out of GG in particular and such shows in general...they are so made for each other and it's bordering on the insane to bring back the completely washed out and boring Chair together just to please some fans.

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Dair Endgame. This interview pretty much confirms it but I guess they have to leave some mystery to it. :D If Dair is endgame the GG writers will literally be my favourite people ever.

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Love dair they're so sweet and perfect

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@georgie
It saddens me that you compare Chuck to Mr.Big.
Even though Big was a flawed character (as were they all) who had commitment phobia issues, he was never as dark and disturbed as Chuck's character is.
Chuck is written as a tragic character and his relationship with Blair was mostly melodramatic and catastrophical in a juvenile sort of way and while Big and Carrie had their share of difficult moments, their relationship was always more realistic, sane and grown-up.
Big had left Carrie high and dry a few times but even though he could be a jerk on occasion he never meant Carrie any harm or purposely tried to take her down/ruin her life.
Basically the only thing chuck has in common with Big is their wealth and wearing expensive suits, riding in town cars.
Also, what made Carrie and Big cool was the fact that Carrie was a kinda hipster writer with an attitude and Big was more UES rich type, so if anything, Blair is Big and Dan is Carrie :)

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The interview screams "Dair endgame"

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@BETH...X
You are completely right, Dair relationship is so out of character that I can't take it seriously, therefore I haven't been watching the show for the last few episodes because I want to remember Gossip Girl when it was a good, entertaining show. And you are also right about the whole 'amazing cliffhanger, something that will change the characters forever' thing. Gossip girl does this every season. Actually, every few episodes. It then turns out to be something really boring like one of the characters getting a new job or yet another guest star coming in.

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There are so many Sex and the City parallels in Gossip Girl.
Both Carrie and Blair have 4 major relationships. Louis is Aleksandr Petrovsky
Nate is Aidan Shaw
Dan is Jack Berger
Chuck is Mr Big Anyone who doesn't watch Sex and The City should watch it because I'm pretty sure the Gossip Girl writers get a whole lot of inspiration off it. One of there producers off Sex and The City work for Gossip Girl. Just thought I would share this.

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"The Upper East Side will never be the same."
Sorry. But don't the writers say something like this every year? These 'big cliffhangers' just turn out to be minor things that never really go anywhere. I miss the old Gossip Girl, sorry dair fans but I don't like the dair setup. It's out of character and it bores me, I wish Serena and Nate would get back together though, they were so cute! Please get Chair back together and let them have their Chairytale!

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