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Gossip Girl Exclusive: Sara Goodman Previews the Final Chapter

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TV Fanatic here, taking you into the intriguing, scandalous and sexy world of Gossip Girl, which sadly launches into its final season tonight. The soapy CW drama has kept us laughing, crying and, more importantly, on the edge of our collective seats waiting to see what our favorite Upper East Siders are going to do next.

Will Blair clear up the status of her relationship with Chuck (and Dan)? Will Serena find her happily ever after? What is Georgina up to and how long will she be around? How is Dan going to change this year?

And, most importantly, will we get a satisfying ending with Gossip Girl her-or his-self?

TV Fanatic’s Jim Halterman worked hard to get answers out of executive producer and show-runner Sara Goodman earlier this week. Did he break her to give up some scoop? Read on ...

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TV Fanatic: Can you say there’s an overall arc for the season? I mean, maybe it’s just getting everybody do a happily ever after or what is an arc, I guess, for these final episodes?

Sara Goodman: It’s Gossip Girl! Happily ever after-what?

TVF: I know!

SG: I think we have a couple of themes this season. The first of which is, in the pilot, Nate and Chuck had this scene where they talked about are they just going to turn into their parents and so that is absolutely, kind of, dramatically one of things that we’re talking about. We’ve taken these kids from high school and they’re adults now, and so, who are they going to be? Where are they going to be? Who can survive on the Upper East Side and who doesn’t belong here at all? Those kinds of things are absolutely where we are going this season.

TVF: It seems like you guys were in between a rock and a hard place with either Chair or Dair because it seems like somebody’s going to be upset whichever way that goes. How do you even approach that?

SG: Maybe the three of them will live together?

TVF: Oh, my God. Well, I don’t know about that…

SG: That would be horrible.

TVF: That’d be horrible, but how do you even that approach that knowing there’s such a divided camp between the two?

SG: Knowing how much the fans care about it and that we care about it that much too, and there were huge debates, and alternately, we had to do what we felt like the characters would do and what was right for the characters. I think that we built it in an organic way that will make…that hopefully most people will go for. There’s certain obviously diehard one-wayers, the other people who will never get on board, but yeah, I hope that everybody finds somebody.

TVF: I’m personally Team Dair, just so you know. [laughs]

SG: What I will say is that I feel that when all the writers got together at the beginning of the season and we really, really talked about where we felt that everybody should be. I think we absolutely dealt with the relationships because that’s what defines these characters, but we also talked about who each of the characters were and what they really want and what their journey was and how the best way to end that was.

TVF: I’ve seen Serena with so many different suitors over the years but I kind of like her with Barry Watson. I really was surprised that was kind of a nice thing, at least in the first two episodes. Can you kind of talk a little bit about that relationship and if it’s going to be a good one for Serena.

SG: We tried to give [Serena] an adult love interest and Barry Watson, he’s an adult, he doesn’t play games. He’s not in that world, and he has no interest in it either, and he’s divorced, he’s a real grown up and so Serena is going to have a chance to be in a real grown up relationship, and I think that we’ll see if that works or not for her.

TVF: Do you kind of feel like everybody has to be romantically paired up by the end of the series? Is that like a mandate or can our characters be left on their own?

SG: No, I mean, was everyone paired up by the time they’re twenty-something? No. I don’t think it is. I think that if it makes sense in the mythology of our show and where the characters are, then that’s where we went, but I think we also had other things that we were trying to achieve.

For Dan, with the book, in terms of this book and using people’s real names… Dan’s really stepping into a different kind of power this year on the Upper East Side and if that has to do with the love relationship or not, I guess we’ll have to see, but that’s a different journey. The same thing with Blair stepping into Waldorf Designs and Chuck really needing his father once and for all. What we really tried to focus on is who they’re going to become as well the relationships that there should be.

TVF: How long is Georgina sticking around? Because I know when she’s there things always stir up.

SG: For the rest of the season.

TVF: Any other guest stars? We have Barry Watson coming in, but any other kind of big names coming in that we haven’t seen before on the show?

SG: No, like we’ve a lot of cameos this season with Blair’s fashion stuff, we have some really good cameos, but we really tried not to bring in a lot of guest stars. We really wanted to focus these last season on core characters and do the multi-generational stories again that we did in the first season, and so we really tried to keep it within our family.

TVF: I think the fashion world is going to miss Gossip Girl more than anything. Have you heard anything from those people just saying that they’re going to miss the show?

SG: It’s so funny because I think they’ll start to, but I think that they’re going to and I think that this year especially because not only do we have just fantastic fashions, but Blair has to figure out her line and it’s going to be like triple the fashion, triple the fun this year for that.

TVF: Now, Gossip Girl, I’m going to say herself, even though it’s still a mystery for all we know, is there going to be any big reveal there? Are we going to get a happy ending or a crazy ending for Gossip Girl?

SG: You know, I’m not allowed to tell what we’re doing, yet, about Gossip Girl, but I will say that I think that everyone will be very satisfied.

TVF: Talk to me just in general about spoilers because I know I’ve already seen stuff online, that if I was a viewer, I wouldn’t really want to see, but it’s out there. What do you think about spoilers?

SG: Actually, we do worry about it and I think for us, especially this season, it’s really upsetting mostly because we’ve spent so much time with these characters and with these stories, developing them, that we want everyone to be able to find them out and so when people are stealing stuff and talking, I think it’s upsetting. 

TVF: Talk to me about the next project. I know you’re doing Taboo with [CSI creator] Anthony Zuiker and it sounds like a mix of the Gossip Girl world with more of a procedural world of sorts.

SG: I’m writing a pilot, in fact I’m turning the outline in today, but I am writing that pilot and I’m also writing a pilot for NBC, which is a different kind of show that was dysfunctional family drama. Taboo is kind of sexual obsession with…I’m not sure it’s procedural as much as it is with legal intrigue.

TVF: Is calling it a soap a bad thing?

SG: It’s absolutely a soap. I don’t want to do anything that’s not a soap.

Gossip Girl's final 10 episodes begin Monday at 9 p.m. on the CW.

Jim Halterman is the West Coast Editor of TV Fanatic and the owner of JimHalterman.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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Chuck and Blair were fine in this episode. People need to understand it's not going to be the same after 6 years, nor for the characters nor for the actors. But the chemistry, or the sexual tension, were still there, the intensity too.

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Chair...no more passion..no more chemestry...the Limo scene it's the evidence...really terrible, totally different form the other Limo scene (1 season)!!!Dan's speech about the relationship of Chuck and Blair was so true!!!Team Dair...always!!!!

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agh i love and thanks to Sara and Stephanie!
make Georgina as the special guest star!
at least, u make her as a regular cast!
but it's ok..
i hope Georgina end up with dan !
and being with the UES friends...
xoxo

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so to re-cap we already know everything there is to know before watching the last season... seriously, was there anything in this interview we hadn't already been told/guessed

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I knew TVF is a biased website just by looking the GG page banner at the top. Chuck's face is always covered by the Upcoming Episode box. And he is a main character with lots of fans ! I am very disappointed with TVF. No doubt everyone can have their own preference of pairings. However, attacking other's pairings as a website is simply inappropriate. I didn't want to form the view that a lot of Dair fans are rude and aggressive. Unfortunately there are too many evidence showing that they are..

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I'm a fan of Serena and Dan, mistake, I was a fan of Dan and Serena in season 1 and 2, now that they no longer can be together, I can not be their fan! This is the last time I watch a series that was filmed by CW or WB. What a fall from series Friends to series Gossip Girl, it's no wonder the ratings are low. CW has excellent PR service, excellent job done by cheating viewers with a vacation in Mexico 2008th. The series should be fun to cheer the viewer, not to upset the viewer watching nonsense like last season, so I do not intend to repeat the same mistake again! I apologize to everyone for all this long comment, but I am so disappointed, angry and pissed that I had to express to this way.

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It is possible that Georgina will use sex video by Serena and Dan at the end of season 5, as she did in season 1, but since it is now the end of the series it is unlikely to end up as in season 1. Producer Sara Goodman alleged that Steven is very very good for Serena and Auselio also said that Serena and Stephen leave together into the sunset. Dan is now what Chuck was in the season 1, so we can expect that at the end Dan will finish with his only friend Vanessa, who has a child with him for 3 years (with dark hair and dark eyes), as Chuck and Blair in season 1 . Producer Sara Goodman said that would not be time jumps, so that the child in question can only be by Vanessa and Dan, though there is another option by Jenny and Chuck, but because of the description of the child I do not believe in the latter.

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Producer Sara Goodman said that in season 6 will focus on the main characters and how they were going to end up, and relying on 1 or 2 season. Steven is now on the characteristics of what Dan was in season 1, the similarity continues by Stephen has a daughter Sage, and Dan has a younger sister. We already know that Nate will fall in love with Sage, as he was in love with Jenny. And as Dan was against Jenny be with Nate, so Stephen will be against relationship between Nate and Sage. Since the producer has said that in the final season to be seen whether the main characters would end up like their parents. Serena will choose to be with Stephen because of her relationship with her father, just as her mother, Lily, had a bad relationship with her father. Against Stephen, as was the case with Dan in the season 1, will be Blair and Georgina. It is possible that Georgina will use sex video by Serena and Dan at the end of season 5, as she did in season 1, but since it is now the end of the series it is unlikely to end up as in season 1.

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Interview producer Sara Goodman by TV Fanatic presented focused only on Chuck and Blair, as well as Dan and Blair, which comes as no surprise because the TV Fanatic forcing the two ships, but we who are here all the time to that we get used. I've read on the net two more interviews by producer Sara Goodman, describing the events in the rest of the series, so I'm going to write complete comment. Serena and Dan and Serena and Nate will not be together at the end, Serena will eventually end up with Stephen. What I said was the result of events outside of the series and how producers see how their characters end up.

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Jim being dair fan yawn! If chuck and Blair don't end ip together they should have end it last season or even more unhappy fans this season. I'm getting the idea there is no chair endgame

Gossip Girl Quotes

And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell ... You know you love me. XOXO, Gossip Girl

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[to Jenny] That's the thing. You need to be cool to be queen. Anne Boleyn thought only with her heart and she got her head chopped off. So her daughter Elizabeth made a vow never to marry a man. She married a country. Forget boys. Keep your eye on the prize, Jenny Humphrey. You can't make people love you, but you can make them fear you. For what it's worth, you're my Queen. I choose you.

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