Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Return of the Ring"

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Welcome to our weekly Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, our panelists are here to break down Monday's episode (see our official Gossip Girl season finale review from last night) in even greater detail.

In our Q&A session, TVF President Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff members Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines discuss "The Return of the Ring."

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


1. What was your favorite quote or scene from "The Return of the Ring"?

Leigh: When it comes down to it, nothing beat Blair's ending monologue. It's time she fights for Chuck. Three simple words, "I'm all in."

Courtney: I have to agree with Leigh. Queen Bee was definitely back in those last few minutes. Also loved her reasoning about Tim Burton not being artwork. Couldn't have said it better myself.

Christina: Call me sappy, but I loved the moments between Blair and Eleanor. Also, I LOL'ed when Eleanor made it clear she didn’t care all too much for Penelope with her line about knocking.

Eric: Maybe mine was less of a scene, but more of the entire premise of Bart, well, still being Bart. Will be great to watch Jack and Chuck team up next season!

Steve: Bart dispatching Chuck from the company in mid-press conference, Lily cutting Rufus loose, and Dan telling Serena "there is no us." None of these were funny moments, or even amazingly quotable lines, but they represented surprising turning points that packed an emotional punch. As did Leigh's obvious choice.

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2. How did this Gossip Girl season finale rank with finales past?

Leigh: Redemption. Chair. Dan's book wreaking havoc. Nate finding a new girl. Serena reverting to season one entertaining awesomeness. A Lily takedown. Hopefully a return to former glory. 

Courtney: I liked it! It may not have been the best finale yet, but this wasn't the best season either. It dropped bombshells on us, just the way we like it. It was a pretty solid setup episode for the final season. Plus, it made up for some of the sketchy episodes this season.

Christina: Compared to finales past it was sub-par. In comparison to an entire lackluster season, it was a fitting end and that’s what we needed to set us up for hopefully the best and final season ever.

Eric: Ugh, pretty low. I'm glad the show seems to at least be resetting itself and setting up some better storylines for its final season. But, just not enough OMFGG moments.

Steve: It's hard to compare, as they represent such different eras, but I liked the way it set up Season 6 with the parallels between the last five minutes and the pilot that started it all. Makes you wanna go watch Gossip Girl online and relive the glory days, doesn't it?

3. Did Blair make the right decision?

Leigh: Is the sky blue? Yes finally. But she deserved Chuck to call her out on how fickle she's been. She also should've had enough respect for Dan to break up with him in person like an adult.

Courtney: Absolutely! These two have always been end game. Blair shared a sweet love with Dan this season, but it was much more exciting in the early stages. Chuck and Blair have never lost their spark. I am glad that Chuck didn't just go running back to her though. Bart was a little bit right about this and the Basshole needs to have a backbone if he is doing to stand side by side with Blair Waldorf.

Christina: Yes. Chair FTW!

Eric: To take over her mother's business and finally return to being the former Queen B she once was? Absolutely. Can't wait to see her actually try and be a person again next season? As for Chair? Pff, what is this? 2008?

Steve: She did, but I wish we'd seen her break it off with Dan. Not because I delight in Dan or Dair fans suffering, I just think both deserved some closure there. They had too good a run to go out like that.

4. Derena barstool sex: Hot or not?

Leigh: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but nothing beats the original. Hi Nate.

Courtney: Not. The throwback to the pilot was cool, but nothing is better than watching Nate do his thing. 

Christina: So not. Nate’s been there and done that and he owns sex-with-S-at-Grand-Central-Station.

Eric: Again, as everyone before me has pointed out, how could it compete with the eerily similar Serenate hot sex? Sorry Dan, but Nate you are not.

Steve: Yes, I baited the Nate Archibald fans in the Round Table panel with that one. On merit, it was pretty decent, but it's tough to get into it when you know Dan is being used and abused. Not that he didn't enjoy himself for that 45 seconds, I'm sure, but you know what I mean. Chair does hate sex much better.

5. Will Serena and Blair ever reconcile?

Leigh: In the fictional world of GG, yes, in real life they never would. That was some cold sh!t. Even the NJBC would have a hard time getting passed that.

Courtney: Probably towards the end of next season. Neither of them are innocent in the failed friendship, but the latest stunts that S pulled? She would be dead to me.

Christina: Of course! It’s B and S or BS (because after all that’s been done and said, chances of a reconciliation in real life would be slim to none).

Eric: Let's more worry if Serena and sanity can ever reconcile again. What the hell happened to that girl!?

Steve: Assuming Chair is in fact endgame, and perhaps Derena as well, then possibly. Time heals all wounds, and while B will never be able to forget what happened, she could find it in her heart to forgive. First, of course, we need to get S off the coke. And Damien's henchman.

6. Most surprising: Lola giving Ivy the money and leaving Nate, Lily ditching Rufus, or Serena turning into a cokehead?

Leigh: I'm kinda shocked at Lily. She waited 20 years to be with the love of her life. Bart is a statue, who just screwed over the son who saved his life, what is she thinking?!?

Courtney: Lily and Rufus! They have such a rich history and have loved each other for decades. I don't understand how they both just walked away from that. Doesn't Lily remember her plans to leave Bart for Rufus? I guess being from two different worlds still doesn't work for them. Lil turned into the matriarch and Rufus into a trophy husband. He deserves better.

Christina: How about just Lola leaving Nate? What girl in her right mind would leave a shirtless Nate ALL summer long?! Seriously, that’s dumber than when Ivy ripped her generous check from Lily.

Eric: Oh, thanks for an opportunity to rip on S a little more. WTF? I bought the whole coke binge and sleeping with random guys when the girl was in high school. But now, she's... wait, in college? Oh, way too easy to forget with this show. I guess that's still acceptable. Game on girl.

Steve: Lola giving Ivy the money. I mean, I can see being friends with her if you want, but who donates millions to a known criminal and trusts their agenda? Even if it is funding an epic takedown? Whatever. Although if she dresses up like a prostitute for another scheme, maybe I can be convinced.

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7. Is Gossip Girl really Gossip Guy?

Leigh: I kind of hope it is and that it's Eric. Declan isn't a key player in the Hamptons, he could totally come back to guest star. Bring back Jenny and V while you're at it. Damn did I just say that?

Courtney: Nah, can't be. It's got to be one of those girls who are jealous of the others and know too much dirt. If it's a guy, Leigh could be right... or what if it was Jonathan, E's old boyfriend??

Christina: No idea. However, I’m with Leigh on this one if it means Eric and Jenny could possibly return. I still don’t care for V though.

Eric: That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Guy.

Steve: I like the Dan theory, as posited in my season-ending burning questions earlier. He was at the mansion that night, sent the infamous royal wedding blast, and was privy to all sorts of other gossip gold. Not sure if the show would really go there, but I love that the CCTV footage made it even a remote possibility. I also love the thought of a bitter Dan and Georgina teaming up to eviscerate the Upper East Siders. Inside was so 2011.

8. Share your predictions for the sixth and final season.

Leigh: Redemption. Chair. Dan's book wreaking havoc. Nate finding a new girl. Serena reverting to season one entertaining awesomeness. A Lily takedown. Hopefully a return to former glory. 

Courtney: Ivy taking down Lily. Dan writing a book that will keep him on the outside for good. Nate and Serena getting back together and becoming the best looking couple on the show. Most importantly, Chair being endgame. These two having an honest and equal relationship, hopefully with another limo rendezvous.

Christina: A season of Chair, Serena finding her way back and maybe a reunion for Serenate, Dan as an outsider permanently, a Rufly comeback… and will the real GG please stand up?

Eric: Okay fine, we can have epic Lily and Bart takedowns. Sure, there will be plenty of Chair limo sex. But please just make it a fun season of bringing back blasts from the past. You got one season left? Make it count and make it a throwback to the show we all loved: Gossip Girl Season 1. Even if that means bringing back She-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Steve: We'll have 11 more Round Tables with which to discuss the show we've loved (and loved to hate at times) for so long. Special thanks to our readers, and looking forward to one last run!

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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


1. Favoite lines/scenes were the Eleanor/Penelope exchanges. Awesome!
2. Don't know how it compares to the rest, but hopefully it signals a return to greatness.
3. Yes, but we should've gotten to see the Dair break-up.
4. Not sexy. More like sad and pathetic.
5. Leigh nails it.
6. Lola giving Ivy the money.
7. Disappointed it's not Ivy, but Dan is an interesting theory. It explains why Gossip Girl would even care about Lonely Boy, and it would throw off suspicions. And GG was alway obsessed with S, whom D was in love with.
8. As long as there's a return to greatness - great budget, great parties, great locations, great styling with great clothes, great hair & make-up, great writing - I'll be happy.


1. "I'm all in!" Best line of the night.
2. Not great, but a decent end to the season (which kinda sucked, granted)
3. Definitely. It's always been Chuck for Blair, Dan was just another roadblock.
4. Eh. With that hair, it's basically impossible for any Dan-sex to be hot.
5. Blerena have to make up, they're the core couple of the show! I think Blair was so awful to her this season though, it'll take some time to fix things.
6. Lily ditching Rufus was crazy, I don't get why she would go back to Bart at all. I think Rufly are still endgame.
7. I think GG is Eric too. I'd love to see Connor back for the finale!
8. Hopefully a Chair wedding with Serena as her maid-of-honor :) And yes, lots of limo sex!


So happy to have Chair back finally :) I guess we'll see if it was worth all the Dair crap we had to sit through this season... bring on S6!!


Chair FTW obvs! Loved this show since the first Ep and although super sad that it's coming to an end (dvd's now on standby), I think it's a good time to go so let's hope it's going to be a blast! I want Limos, speakeasy's, maybe even another breaking & entering of swimming pools?!! I want B&S to make up but most of all I hope the Chair comeback will be immense! Everyone likes a bad boy, no?!


Blair would not speak personally to Dan, because she promised to go with him to Rome, and later she chose Chuck! Blair was not fair to Dan, but on this he could understand himself. As for Lily and Serena, and when did you see that Lily was the true mother to Serena. Lily was only worried about herself and with which men will be married or romantically involved. Lily did not care for their children, which is why Serena has become such a person. It is amazing that Dan care more to Serena over the past 5 years than her mother. I agree with you that GG is probably the man! In 22x5 episode clearly shows that man is wearing under his arm Serena laptop. It can stop or slow down the footage, and the last man in that crowd comes out and carries a laptop under his arm wrapped in a black sweatshirt. It is interesting that this man sees Serena, now if that it is a mistake in recording or is it intentionally done we will see?


@ Bp: for the record, what I said was the truth, if you can't handle that it's your issue. Btw, since this seems to be never ending, this is the last time I'll reply to your posts.


Please, for the finale season, no Serenate. Nate deserves better (Lola isn't bad, they make a cute couple even if leaving a shirtless Nate is insane)
Lily keeping Bart instead of Rufus, I don't understand that ! This couple deserved a divorce and not just a wedding cancellation.
Blair should have talk to Dan face to face.
Bart, always the same. His final scene with Chuck remind me of the first season. i don't understand how Lily can accept that but I admit she knows how to be mean with her children too. Talking about that, isn't she the one who should worry to about Serena ?
For me, it's totally Gossip Guy and I imagine it's Eric (or Jonathan)
I'm looking forward to Dan an Georgina next season. Hope it will be epic.
And : Chair for ever !!!! Love the final scene "I'm all in"


Please, for the finale season, no Serenate. Nate deserves better (Lola isn't bad, they make a cute couple even if leaving a shirtless Nate is insane)
Lily keeping Bart instead of Rufus, I don't understand that ! This couple deserved a divorce and not just a wedding cancellation.
Blair should have left Dan by telling him face to face.
Bart, he hasn't changed. Is Lily aware of what he did to Chuck ? I don't understand how she can accept that. But I have to admit she's kind of a b*tch with her children


Doesn't really matter what you say now does it? You've lost all credibility by lowering yourself to cheap insults. Such a shame.


@ Bp: well I'm more dissapointent on people who can't seem to get in their heads that this only a TV show that doesn't pretent to give morale lessons, which has been a fact stated by its runners in multiple interviews. I'm not going to enter in the valoration on whether a couple is epic or not because I don't think anyone can judge that, only time will tell, I don't even use that adjective on Ross & Rachel of friends who probably have more chances of deserve it. What I'm going to denounce is the puritanism of the viewers that want to pretend this show could impact the teenage audience when those girls know more at their age that almost all the adults posting here and they know this isn't real life.

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