Gossip Girl Season Premiere Review: Do. That. Again.

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Stephanie Savage, where have you been all these years?!

Gossip Girl returned for its sixth season tonight, and the premiere, written by Savage and co-executive producer Josh Schwartz, conjured up memories of the show's glory days, while setting the stage for this final chapter.

"Gone Maybe Gone," the first episode under new show-runner Sara Goodman and the first written by Savage since 2010, revived the entire series in 42 minutes and raised expectations for Gossip Girl going out on top.

If we're placing our bets, the next nine weeks look bright.

Blair, Dan and Georgina

Ironically, Gossip Girl's decline over Seasons 4 and 5 may help produce the conclusion its fans are pininv for (if the show builds on the premiere, of course). With just 10 episodes to go, its focus has sharpened.

There's only one story arc remaining for each character, and it's going to be the best the producers can come up with. It might still disappoint, but if the premiere was any indication, Season 6 will be a fitting sendoff.

The opening song was even "Hang It Up" by the Ting Tings. Fitting. From Gossip Girl's references to this being her last season, classic inside jokes and anything coming out of Georgina's mouth, the spark was back.

"Gone Maybe Gone" was what we always hope Gossip Girl will be, pushing the characters' boundaries while uniting them in a common goal - or at least plot, as Dan and Georgina's motives weren't exactly in line with hte NJBC's.

There were some OMG moments (one in particular, which we'll discuss shortly), some new mysteries introduced and too many hilarious lines to count. When was the last time you laughed so hard during a CW drama?

The episode began in the immediate aftermath of the Season 5 finale, treating fans to one of the all-time Chair sex scenes and a gross visual of Serena OD'ing before jumping ahead four months to the present day.

So much transpired over this entertaining installment that it's tough to keep it all straight. Let's break down where we've been and where (we think) we're going in the next nine weeks by character/couple:

Chuck and Blair are together, but apart. In some ways, this is a weaksauce way of dragging out the inevitable, but they did a pretty good job selling us on the sincerity of the "pact" in the limo at the end.

Perhaps they truly do need to establish themselves as individuals before investing in the relationship full time, given their history of breakups and heartbreak. One can understand Dan's POV here though.

The combination of being dumped with no closure in May, then learning Blair and Chuck are kind of not together was too much for our favorite Muppet, and he let his one-time lover have it in Poughkeepsie.

Even if you're a card-carrying member of Team Chair, and acknowledge that Dan can be a pretentious douche at times, it was hard not to nod along with some of his points. Who wouldn't be bitter over that?

She followed her heart, though, and that was always with Chuck Bass. Their heart-to-heart showed how badly they're all in, even if it requires frustration, patience and walking it off in the interim.

Soon enough, that ring will be on her finger. It's just a matter of time.

Sexy Chair Look

The episode gave us only a brief glimpse of Blair's role with Waldorf Designs, while Chuck's quest to expose/topple Bart was a greater focal point and introduced us to an intriguing new character in Amira.

Does she really have no idea what Bart's deal is/was? Despite him paying the Dubai native $10 million to keep quiet? And will Chuck avenge his humiliating demotion last season by dethroning Bart once and for all?

As long as Amira remains a business accomplice and that's it, we can't wait to find out. Taking Bart down won't be easy (we're hoping Jack gets in on it), but it's great to see Chuck positioned as the underdog.

Nate also made a new acquaintance this week in Sage, an ambitious young student profiling his role with the Spectator. Big surprise, it looks like Nate's streak of dating cute girl on the show will continue.

Despite trading the video of Gossip Girl in exchange for Serena's whereabouts, his quest to unmask her (him?) is far from over. But it begs the question: How did GG know where she was in the first place?

Dan and Georgina began the night under the Tuscan sun, and the banter between the bitter novelist and his slave-driving co-conspirator was priceless. Even Dan can't believe how crazy this chick is.

Thanks to her sleuthing, they picked up Serena's trail and joined the rest of the gang, though their objective was quite different. At least hers was. Deep down, some part of Dan still cares for S. G? Not so much.

The references she made to the Serena sex tape were significant foreshadowing. Even if it is Fifty Shades of Boring, that video could cause all sorts of trouble when it's revealed. The only question is how and when.

Watching Blair go off on/get rattled by Georgina is awesome too. Forget the presidential debates. Sparks vs. Waldorf is a far more entertaining war of words, one we surely haven't seen the last of. Thank goodness.

Serena and Husband-to-Be

Serena, or Sabrina if you will, has completely reinvented herself after hitting rock bottom. Whatever her past faults, she seems happy and healthy in her new life ... even if she's operating under an alias.

You knew she wasn't actually getting married, and you also know there's a twist coming with Steven. It makes sens that she would seek comfort in an older, established man, given her obvious daddy issues.

We just hope she doesn't get hurt, or that if she does, her estranged BFF has ber back. The Blair and Serena friendship has been central to the show from the start, and it's not in a good place now.

With S back in NYC, hopefully repairs can be made, and the NJBC can have one last fall full of joint adventures. When things inevitably fall apart with Steven, will Dan or Nate be there to break her fall?

Dan totally deserved that slap, but don't rule out a Derena reconciliation once he comes to his senses. Those pulling for a Nate-Serena reunion have a case to make as well, even if it's a long shot.

Lily and Bart are officially back together, leaving her other husband on the outs. Like father, like son. Lily's not winning any awards for parent or spouse of the year. Speaking of which, that brings us to ...

Rufus and Ivy. Yeah, that happened. Creepy as it was for obvious reasons, you almost can't blame Rufus for being flattered. Someone was actually nice to him! How could he not be moved by this rare occurrence?

If Lily and Rufus are to patch things up by the end of the season, there will certainly be obstacles. Such as when she finds out he really is nailing Lily's fake-impostor-niece girl. How old is Ivy exactly?

The real question here - as it has been since she first showed up on the UES - is what Ivy's deal is. The voicemail she left for Lola (filming an NBC pilot, wink) proved there's a plot at work. But what?

All in all, a strong start to the final chapter. Here's next week's promo:

What did you think of this week's Gossip Girl? Discuss below!

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Oh yeah, don't even get me started on Lily. I'm surprised Lily isn't Blair's mom. With their flakiness and bitchiness and tendencies to forget about anyone who doesn't hold them on a high pedestal. Although Rivy was kinda weird...

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Let's be honest, that opening sex scene blows. In fact any sex scene involving Chuck has always been kinda gross. Has anyone ever noticed that Chuck is the only one who always has a shirt on? Nate loses it quite frequently and Dan too sometimes. But even the producers of the show know that a shirtless Chuck is gag-worthy. Second, dragging out the Chair thing is ridiculous. And another pact? What are they, 16? Throw in some pinky promises while you're at it to make it legit. Just get them together or break them up. This is Gossip Girl, not ChuckBlairSoapOpera. Finally, I'm happy Blair got the mental bitch slap she deserves for the past 2 seasons. And delivered by her "BFF", too. I know that Steven is not permanent, but one can only hope he is. Serena just looked so happy and glowy without a moody, self-conscious, jealous bitch by her side.

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It is quite sad when people who should be together, won't do so because of self pride. However here are my predictions; Charles and Blair will end up together (hopefully pregnant before series finale), Serena and Nate; and Dan and Georgina (Totally gross). Lily Rhodes Van der Woodsen Bass Humphrey, that is an unanswerable question. May she have happiness and success.

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Okay just finishes watching gossip girl and DAMNNNN WAHHHHHHHH >< I can't believe it's back for the last time :( okay to be honest I think that EPISDEO was more of a part two to the finale... It legit picked up where it left.. Unless the other season preimes it was full on scanner loud and dramatic and I LOVE IT :D WAHHH but you can sooo tell their going to be rushing it now because if 9 eps left -.- ugh but it's okay :3 and what the hell is Bart hidding D; I love Serena's story this season and excited for Blair's fashion story , plus chuck finding out about Bart and Nate and gossip girl D; >< so excited :3 and I'm even excited for dan's book story :3 WAHHHH THIS SEASON IS GOTTA BE EPIC... The highlight of the show is Georgina and Blair their little come backs to one another is just oh my god :3

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Poor lonely boy what a shock at the end of the show.
Does Dan have to dump on Blair again?

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I really liked this episode, although as some people have said, I'm also quite annoyed that they're still dragging the chair/dair situation out when we all know that its going to be Chair in the end. Butttt! I do think that it is only logical for Dan to still have some unresolved feelings for Blair since he hasn't had any closure from the whole thing, so I think that will be resolved and then Dan and Serena will become closer cause I couldn't help but notice that for two people who ended up on such bad terms, Dan and Serena didn't seem to hate each other all that much this episode!

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Pointlessly overdone. Nothing aside from G was worth watching. This show has destroyed all the characters. Chair should have ended seasons ago with then either together or apart. Preferably apart seeing as chuck is so much better without Blair.. Same goes for her.
I will not be watching this Chair reunion season.
Goodbye GG.

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Georgina was the best part of the episode hands down.
She made me LOL'd with her references to the brainwashing cult and the sacrifice. I really liked this episode which is something new since I've been hating almost every episode from season 5.

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Lol at people hating on Blair and saying Serena shouldn't forgive her. Um, am I the only one who remembers that Serena had sex with Dan while he was still with Blair and also made a sex tape? That's twice in a row Serena has slept with Blair's boyfriend. I don't really care that she did because I don't care for Dair but when Blair was apologizing to Serena, it would've been nice of Serena to at least mention "Oh Blair, fyi, I slept with your boyfriend." Blair doesn't need to apologize to Serena at all. Yeah Blair kicked her out but Serena has done some pretty shitty things as well so don't badmouth one person and not the other. They're both at fault but at least Blair had the decency to apologize!

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cont'd The series might not got out with a bang but if they keep the pace of this first episode, it could go out pretty decently at least...

Gossip Girl Season 6 Episode 1 Quotes

[to Blair] In the past, I blamed my mistakes on you - Bart was right on that count; it's the boy that blames the girl, not the man. And that's what I want to be with you.

Chuck

Georgina: He's Protestant. I do my best work with Catholics.
Chuck: Thank God I'm an atheist.

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