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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First off Dair was only boring because the writers made their relationship boring. Chair seems to be endgame from the interviews Stephanie talks about. The only reason why Chair is everyones pick is because they had the longest run. Their relationship was spent on 2+ season chasing each other and apparently it's going to be another one. Luckily it's only half a season. Their relationship is so childish like how it was back in high school. No one has grown up except probably Nate and he is boring. The only interesting thing GG has left is who actually is gossip girl. All the characters have gone down the drain. And seriously has anyone not realized these characters are only 20?! Who gets married at 20 and wants to spend their life forever with one person. You supposed to be living it up. It's a prime age! They aren't even like 25 ready to settle. It's so dumb. Almost Chair was a filler for the seasons they were together. I certainly didn't watch the show for them. 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...

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The episode was good not that great but good i am glad blair chose chuck and i am glad he rejected the first time. I don't feel sorry for dan for a second he knew she still loved chuck when he dated her what did he expect? he really thought he was different that marcus, nate, the rugby guy from season 3 (i don't remember his name), and louis. And the funny part is that he blames serena she tricked him into sleeping with her "we BOTH didi this" i can' understand why S is destroying herself dan is not worth it

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(cont.) idea of Blair fighting for Chuck, I don't think it's what we saw in season two. It's a different kind of fight. This time around, boh are not afraid to say how they feel and both have realised and discussed and forgiven their mistakes. I think this fight is more Blair going to show Chuck that this time, it's the final choice and her mind won't be changed at the next pact with God or whatever other excuse. And after this season, who can blame Chuck for wanting it. The fight is to fix the flaws and to make their relationship work this time instead of taking the easy way out and trying to move on. A far cry from the Weakling and Coward they've been branded as. So others see a reversion but I see some realism and a subtle parallel to show the growth. Because let's face it, they're 21 and people don't always change as quickly and easily as others unless they've been forced to; something many of UES have never experienced because they haven't needed to.

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I can't get over the fact that dair fans are still trying to blame someone else, such as chuck. Dan is just as guilty as serena, it takes two to tangle. Incase you have forgotten. Dan deserves everything he is gonna get, including loosing blair to chuck. SMH

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A lot of people didn't like some of what they did for the finale, and while I didn't think the finale was great, it set up an arc for an explosive final season that I think will be enjoying and less of a soap opera. Hopefully tight and witty writing again. People hate that Serena has reverted back to her old ways but that part I find the most believable. Serena has an extremist personality with years of alcohol and drug abuse and while she has come a far way downward spirals and relapses happen. It's part of life. Te point is, it doesn't matter what mask you put on and if you never relapse because those demons are always there. It's the reason it's considered an every day battle and with Serena losing everything, especially herself she turned to the only thing she probably believes will make the pain go away. Also, I love how Nate and Chuck have both not reverted back but have continued on their development into these great men (even if the road is still long) Also, the idea of Blair fighting for Chuck, I don't think it's what we saw in season two. It's a different kind of fight. This time around, boh are not afraid to say how they feel and both have realised and discussed and forgiven their mistakes. I think this fight is more Blair going to show Chuck that this time, it's the final choice and her mind won't be changed at the next pact with God or whatever other excuse. And after this season, who can blame Chuck for wanting it. The fight is to fix the flaws and to make their relationship work this time instead of taking the easy way out and trying to move on. A far cry from the Weakling and Coward they've been branded as. So others see a reversion but I see some realism and a subtle parallel to show the growth. Because let's face it, they're 21 and people don't always change as quickly and easily as others unless they've been forced to; something many of UES have never experienced because they haven't needed to.

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Does anybody know if Jenny, Vanessa, and Eric will be back to be part of the series finale? I mean they had important story lines in the series, it would be nice to see them again. xoxo

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I wonder why Dan was deleting the emails from Blair..

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@Jazzie, i know! Isn't he! And I even love his real life character more than Chuck Bass, the dude knows how to use his charms!

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The book and series have very little in common, somewhere around 10-20%. The series is not much relied on the book, and I think that this will continue. Because there is only 11 episodes and series would gets the end that it deserve.

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Would also like to add - Ed Westwick is seriously getting sexier by the Season! Woot Wooooot!Love you Ed!

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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