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!

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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.

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@pty
I never said that GG was the only show at fault but the two shows you quoted weren't aimed at a teeny audience and no one ever made ridiculous claims that JR and Sue Ellen were 'epic'. Fact of the matter is Chair has always been dysfunctional and I'm sorry to see the characters regressed to S1 and I actually say this as someone that wasn't that fussed about Dair. You've actually gone down in my estimation. I used to think that your comments were at least reasonable and thought through but cheap shots about my initials is poor. Disappointed.

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@ Bp: in that case, let's not condemn GG only. Let's condemn E.R., where Doug Ross string along Carol Hattaway for 4 years. Or Dallas, where J.R. said and did horrible things to Sue Ellen. I don't see anyone complaining over those. And while we are talking about causes, I wouldn't use a name with the same letters of a company that spilled a bunch of oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

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CHAIR FOREVER!!!!!!!!! In your face your disgusting dair fans FUCK YOU ALL u lost get over it. Dair sucked

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Abused women also don't need relationships like that glamourised on TV especially for impressionable girls.

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Abused women don’t need fucking internet petitions and tumblr rants, they need actual help. So if you really care, and this is about more than just a ship war, go out there and do something to make a real difference.
Otherwise, you’re just proving exactly how disingenuous your sudden interest in this cause really is. I’m betting that’s the case for 99% of you, and your “fighting for the cause� will end exactly where it started… with whining on the internet.
Basically, either put your money where your mouth is, or shut your goddamn piehole."

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I think this post expresses all:
"Here’s the thing (and this will be my last post on the subject, because I’ve wasted too much time on this silly non-issue already).
If you really, really want to do something about abusive relationships? If this cause is truly important to you, and not just a pathetic attempt to lash out at a TV show that didn’t give you what you wanted?
Prove it.
Actually do something.
Don’t sit around whining on the internet, starting petitions no one’s ever going to care about and harassing people on twitter who are honestly just rolling their eyes at you.
Volunteer at a shelter. Donate money. If you don’t have any money, participate in a fundraiser. Those are ways you can take action against abuse, ways you can actually make a tangible difference. And these are all things I’ve done for causes that I feel passionate about, for the record.
Abused women don’t need fucking internet petitions and tumblr rants, they need actual help. So if you really care, and this is about more than just a ship war, go out there and do something to make a real difference.
Otherwise, you’re just proving exactly how disingenuous your sudden interest in this cause really is. I’m betting that’s the case for 99% of you, and your “fighting for the cause� will end exactly where it started… with whining on the internet.
Basically, either put your money where your mouth is, or shut your goddamn piehole."

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@ Sam: same to you pal who obviously don't understand the allure that this show and this couple have for many of us.

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I don't why I read this stupid site?! all the reviews are awful and have such irrational logic. ESPECIALLY the female reviewers. As a woman I am saddened to believe that there are women out there that believe being insulted and belittled by someone and being treated as shit is ROMANTIC! If constantly believe that were are not strong and equal to men and then we are not going be treated as equal. You disgust me

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Almost every Chair scenes were fillers.** The only exciting that happened in that relationship was Chuck selling Blair for a hotel. And tw reason why the ratings were higher for this episode isn't because of Chair. It was ecause everyone wanted to know who Blair picked regardless if was Chuck or Dann

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(continued) Did everyone forget how boring they were too?!?! Blair had no friends in college. She spent her off time with Chuck in his hotel. Chuck had to pay a paparazzi to pretend to make Blair feel important. That's just as bad as Dair. I'm neither a Chair or Dair fan. I just want them to party and do stupid things and GG embarrass them like how it used to be. I hope the ending of the series is like the books where Serena and Blair go off and do their own thing. Why must they be with one of the main guy character at the end? So dumb...

Gossip Girl Season 5 Episode 24 Quotes

I don't want to be Mr. Blair Waldorf. I'm Chuck Bass.

Chuck

You say I always bet against you. Not this time. I'm all in.

Blair
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