Gossip Girl Round Table: Pre-Season 6 Edition!

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's Gossip Girl Round Table discussion! Below, in a special pre-season edition, our panelists are here to break down the upcoming swan song, beginning Monday night.

In our Q&A session, TVF CEO Eric Hochberger (Gossip Guy), editor Steve Marsi (Mister Meester) and staff members Courtney Morrison, Christina Tran and Leigh Raines discuss all things Gossip Girl Season 6.

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

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1. Gossip Girl Season 6 promos and clips released so far … discuss.

Leigh: Dan's hair still looks like sh!t. Chuck hair is also kinda weird, what's with the shaved sides? Nate is gorgeous per usual. Sorry, had to get that out there. Looks like Gossip Girl is going back to its roots and trying to redeem for Season 5. Not loving Blair's outfits. Serena looks great for someone who's found passed out on a train OD'ing on blow. 

Courtney: Three words: I can't wait!! It's bittersweet that this is the final season, but if the promos have shown anything... this series is going out with a bang. Chuck and Blair, Chuck's Dad, Nate is his gorgeous glory, Serena all screwed up... things are going to get good!

Eric: Well, obviously like Leigh, the most important thing to me about any Season 6 promo is analyzing Dan's hair. Glad to see the muppet look gone. Now we just need a new nickname for whatever animal died and landed on his dead. OMSG.

Christina: LOL @Eric. I totally had to do a double take because I was wondering if there was a cat or squirrel up in that not-so-hot mess. Even after all this time, Dan’s hair is still so distracting!

Steve: Based on the Chuck-Blair clip (below), and the bulk of the first two episodes, Stephanie Savage and Josh Schwartz aren't going to let us down. The intriguing and envelope-pushing GG is back, and perhaps with only 10 episodes to wrap it up, there will be fewer opportunities to lose its way.

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2. Nate's making it his goal to unmask Gossip Girl. Will he succeed?

Leigh: I think he will by the finale. The only reason he wouldn't would be to leave room for a Gossip Girl movie, but I think most of the cast is over it by now, as are the creators.

Courtney: Absolutely. He will have needed some type of point of being on this show besides sleeping with every girl that was on it.

Eric: He better. Or else what the hell did I sit through six seasons of this show for? Come on Eric, show your face as Gossip Guy! OMFG.

Christina: I’m with Leigh on this one. We won’t find out ‘til the series finale, and I’m so happy our sparkly blue-eyed boy finally has a promising storyline. Gosh, I am going to miss him.

Steve: Not for lack of effort, and I hope I'm wrong, but I doubt it. I can see the titular character still shrouded in mystery at the end. What reveal, save for GG actually being Kristen Bell, could ever live up to the hype?

3. Dan's making it his goal to destroy the "insiders" with his new book. Will he succeed?

Leigh: Dan is going to piss a lot of people off and it's going to be juicy and awesome. I wish Inside was a real book!

Courtney: Nope, because he will realize that although he isn't dating one anymore or living in the UES, this dysfunctional group of "insiders" have become his friends and he cares about them.

Eric: Fail. He's Dan. He's been on a downward spiral of fail ever since he let S go. Not even G or the show's original creators can save that storyline. OMSF.

Christina: Try as he may, I highly doubt Dan will really ever succeed. However, with the infamous G on board and B leaving him far behind, who knows what type of writing all that angst can potentially conjure? 

Steve: Dan can be a pretentious, holier-than-thou douche. Remember, though, he was the show's moral compass at one point, and has had strong feelings for Blair, Serena and Nate (platonic though the latter love affair was). It may get worse before it gets better, but he will make things right with the gang.

4. Serena going off the rails: How long will that last?

Leigh: Obviously not that long if she's shacking up with a new, rich, serious boyfriend. What I want to know is how she went from A to B. That seems like the one spoiler nobody can get.

Courtney: Not long. She looks pretty good in the previews with her new man. I'm thinking one episode... maybe two.

Eric: I guess that's the real question. Is marrying that rich good looking guy on or off the rails? I'll assume off and he's her coke dealer. OMSS.

Christina: Probably not long enough at all. NJBC to the rescue, and they will be back better than ever!

Steve: If Serena is going by Sabrina now, there are some seriously unresolved issues she has to work through. Also, her new man may not be who he seems to be (see our Gossip Girl Season 6 spoilers rundown).

5. What departed character would you most like to see return this fall?

Leigh: Jenny and Eric!!!! Let's not pretend either of them are too busy. I LOVE Revenge, but Declan's storyline is minimal at best. Even Vanessa. She could probably rein Dan in from the dark side.

Courtney: I can't believe I am about to say this, but Vanessa! The new love interest in the pictures kissing Nate looks just like her! Made me a little nostalgic for V and her crazy clothes. Or... Carter Baizen!!!

Eric: V!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! On the VUS scale I want her back at 11. You never know what you have until it's gone. LOL.

Christina: J. Humphrey! I miss those raccoon eyes.

Steve: Gotta be Jenny. No one stirred up drama like that out-of-control wild child. Whose life did she not make a living hell at one point or another? On a side note, Eric has officially lost his mind.

6. Favorite episode (or two) from the past five seasons?

Leigh: This is like asking me to choose my favorite child! I had to consult my best friend who dressed up as Serena the year I dressed up as Blair for Halloween. We had to do a Top 5: "Victor/Victrola," "Dare Devil," "Hi Society," "All About My Brother," and "Summer, Kind of Wonderful."

Courtney: "The Dark Night" and "Victor/Victrola." Gotta love those early seasons.

Eric: Season 1. Favorite episodes (or eighteen). FTW.

Christina: First place: “The Handmaiden’s Tale”. Second place: “Summer, Kind of Wonderful”.

Steve: All great choices above. In the interest of mixing it up, I also liked "Raiders of the Lost Art" this spring, for bringing the Scheme Team back together and really setting everything in motion for the final chapter.

7. What is your ideal Gossip Girl series "endgame"?

Leigh: For it to be restored to its Season One Glory. The re-unification of the NJBC. Chuck and Blair to cut the BS and get together already. Lily and Bart to be a big joke, and Lily and Rufus get back together. I'm undecided who I want Serena to end up with, but I know I want her to end up on top in the way only Serena VDW can. Like in "The Serena Also Rises." Nate to end up with me and of course, Gossip Girl's reveal. 

Courtney: Chuck and Blair together for sure. Georgina gone for good. Lily and Rufus working things out. Nate and... someone. I wouldn't mind if he ended up with Serena, they could possibly be the best looking couple next to the Beckhams. I can't have S and Dan end up together, it still creeps me out that their parents are married or dating or whatever. Dan becoming a successful writer and maybe moving away from the UES he pretends to hate.

Eric: Nate and Serena get married and produce the most beautiful baby ever. AWW.

Christina: CHAIR will live happily ever after.

Steve: If Chuck and Blair don't end up together, fans will riot in the streets and possibly boycott the entire CW network. Whatever their past failures, the powers that be are not about to let that happen. So the question is how they end up together. I'm thinking a wedding, or at least a proposal she accepts. I like the symmetry of bringing Season 1 lovebirds Derena - and Rufly - back together as well. Finally, I'd love to see some old faces come back, some truly spectacular takedowns of the gang's opponents, and a romance for Neigh (Nate and our own Leigh Raines).

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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It's so tiring to see all these lunatics trying to turn this show into a morality lesson! If anything, the producers told Rolling Stone in 2009 that her motto was "no heroes, no villains". The producers are not my favorite people right now but at least in this aspect they have stayed true to their words. Chuck did bad things but so did Blair and not only to Chuck but to practically all the other characters as well. Even former Dair fans ended pissed with her. In the same way, Serena has done bad things and Dan too. Even Nate has had his moments, and Jenny and Vanessa certainly had them. So at least half of the parents. Therefore the question arises: when are these people stop whining about Chuck and Blair? If you have personal issues or corncerns about society values, actually do some real life work instead of whining about a show that hasn't even been nominated to a major award in the industry.

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1. Sad to say I haven't watched any of the promos/clips. From the press I've seen, I'm not impressed. I probably wouldn't even watch this season if it wasn't the last one and only 10 episodes.
2. There better be a reveal, or I'll be pissed that I wasted so many years (and money) on this.
3. My hope is Dan winds up the invisible loser he was in the premiere, on the school bus with Chuck & Nate.
4. Does anybody even care about Serena anymore? She hasn't been a major player here for at least a season and a half.
5. Carter Baizen!
6. 'Hi, Society' and 'Valley Girls' would be my favorite two episodes. Debutante Ball, Prom, Brittany Snow and Andrew McCarthy!
7. I would like to see GG return to Season 1 production values. I always liked the great dress-up occassions and the Archibald - Van der Bilt many houses. From what I've seen of the costumes so far, that's not going to happen. I think Eric Damen's press/success has gone to his head and he's taken his eye off the prize.

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Chuck attempted to whore* B out to his rapist uncle in return for purchasing a hotel. rudely treats B like his property at all times. Chuck attempts to sabotage any and all (potential) relationships Blair is having or could have. This is sickkkk and you expect me to be happy with them ending together. VOMIT VOMIT

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i was thinking if blair and chuck end the season finally getting married i think they should have a dual bachelor bachloett party at victrola where chuck first fell for blair and where the fans fell in love with chuck and blair together it would be really cute if they do a sence there even if it isnt a party

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the guessing is fun and i love seeing if any of my predictions are right i'm just really tired of waiting and guessing i can't wait for the show to start just sucks because once the show starts that means the end is close :(

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@ Christine, our views are not that different. I'm sorry I misunderstood you as Dan and Blair fan. I agree with you about Vanessa, I too do not want her to come back. As far as the child it is likely to present him in the SPECIJAL that will be after episode 6x10, and probably with a time jump into the future.

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there hasnt been enough time from the accident for the baby to be their 3 year old since bart has a secret what if its his he has been gone long enough because i really dout that the kid is theirs i am also hoping for a fast forward i always love when they do that in show like one tree hill and charmed it makes it feel like they wrapped it up perfectly

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I don't want it to be the baby from the accident. I want this to be a fast forward 3 years. They seem to do that a lot, not 3 years, but a lot is like 3 weeks later......I am almost certain at the end of 6x10 they will do a 3 years later.....

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Hoping this season makes up for the schlock storylines of last season.

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i am so not a dan and blair fan out of everything that gossip girl has done over the years that was the thing i hated the most i thought especially last year it was pointless and i hate how dan is reacting he himself has mentioned plenty of times that blair and chuck have some kind of pull and he even helped them get together the night of the accident he should have known that it wasnt going to last which is another reason i really didnt like dan and blair together and the theory of it being dan and vanessa i guess could happen but i hope not because i hope that they just keep vanessa in the past i dont really care for her and i dont care for her to be on the show again