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Gossip Girl Review: The Final Chapter

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It’s the end of an era. Gossip Girl concluded its final season with "New York, I Love You XOXO," an epic finale to a series closed out in classic GG style.

Over the past six seasons, loyal Gossip Girl fans have been treated to everything we could possibly want. The relationship pairings, the friendships, the glamour, the fashion, the drama and the best possible backdrop - New York City.

The finale gave us all of this one last time. Let’s discuss...

Blair and Serena in Finale

Bass Be Gone. The death of Bart was huge in “The Revengers”, but this episode, not so much. Blair and Chuck were questioned, but ultimately, his death was ruled an accident. The best part about it was the return of Desmond Harrington, who is always welcome on my TV screen.

Chair Forever. Even with the Bart drama going on, Blair and Chuck finally tied the knot! After a sweet proposal and help from Uncle Jack and the rest of their friends, the couple got married by Cyrus. These two looked absolutely stunning in their wedding attire. 

The debate has been going on between Dair and Chair fans for what seems like forever. Did Blair make the right choice? Is Chuck who she is supposed to be with? After watching this episode, there is no doubt about it. 

Chair Wedding Photo

Their long history has built them up to be this epic couple. Do they always measure up? Maybe not. Have there been plenty of instances that made this couple seem so wrong? Of course. But one thing is clear: These two are meant for each other. Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick have made these characters come to life and they will truly be missed. 

Another reason that this fight can finally be settled between the GG Shippers is the five-year flash forward that might have been the highlight of the entire hour.

Lonely Boy & The Golden Girl. Can you ever really become one of “them?” Dan Humphrey did his best over the past six years to find his place on the UES. The main reason for doing so? His love for Serena Van Der Woodson. And, (lonely) boy, did it work out.

After leaving Serena with his final chapter, Dan found his way back in with his friends and family by revealing the identity of Gossip Girl. These two have been pivotal characters and their relationship has been so important in building the foundation of this series. It gave Serena a relatable side and it made Dan someone to envy. These two were always enjoyable as a couple (that is until their parents were married... then it just became weird).

Lonely Boy With Flowers

As beautiful as a couple that Serena and Nate were, she was meant to be with Humphrey. As a longtime fan, I was very happy to see these two finally get it together for good. I know I am not alone in that.

Back to Florida with the Swamp People? Ivy spent all season looking to take down Lily and having William by her side. What a let down to see how this turned out. Luckily, these characters didn’t take up too much of the final season, but I expected something major. What I didn’t expect was for William to be doing all of this just to get back with Lily. This was one arc that really didn’t interest me. Not even a little bit. Did any of you care about these two? Or would you rather have seen the screen time go the main characters?

Who Is Gossip Girl? One of the most important parts of the finale was the revealing of the person behind Gossip Girl. Who could it be? Jenny? Eric? Dorota? Rufus? Turns out that all of guesses had been wrong. Dan Humphrey is the man behind the mysterious blogger. Can you believe it?!?

Dan, Nate and Georgina

I was a bit surprised (my money was on Eric). But looking back, it all made sense. I expected the person behind the site to be a minor character. Someone who was always around but didn’t have a huge role. Wrong. Lonely Boy proved his position when he revealed he had been pulling the strings all along. Even Jenny knew this whole time.

The funny thing is, for a show that was so invested in the identity of this character, I found myself not even caring that much about who GG was but more about the characters. Don’t get me wrong, it was exciting to find out. But didn’t you feel more interested in where the characters were going instead of who was the blogger?

Still, Dan Humphrey! Way to go, Lonely Boy.

Flash Forward. The last few minutes of the installment flashed forward five years and showed us where our favorite Upper East Siders had ended up. Blair and Chuck happily married with an adorable son, Henry. Lily back with William. Jenny and Eric back in NYC. Nate doing extremely well with The Spectator and possibly running for mayor.

Cyrus and Eleanor still happy. Dorota still being one of the funniest background characters ever. And Dan and Serena getting married! How gorgeous did Blake Lively look in that gown? Only she could pull that off. 

Chuck Bass and Son?

After Thoughts...

  • It was so nice to have Uncle Jack back. Wouldn’t have minded having him on more this season. When Chuck and him are getting along, its a great team to watch.
  • During the Rachel Bilson/Kristen Bell cameo, we got to see some familiar faces: Lola, Vanessa, Agnes and Juliet. 
  • Loved, loved, loved everyone discussing who they thought Gossip Girl was. Serena thought it was Rufus for a while! This really shows that the writers have paid attention to sites like ours. You can’t really want anything more than that.
  • Jenny, Eric, and Vanessa had split second scenes. Anyone wish they would have made more of an appearance?

So, this is it. It’s really over. Monday’s will never be the same. The ride has been so much fun and this series has given us TV Fanatics something to laugh, cry, and debate about. Many thanks to Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage for a clever and enticing series that we could escape to for an hour a week. 

Chuck and Blair Wedding

What did you think, Gossip Girl fans? Did the finale measure up to what you expected? Were your surprised by the reveal of Gossip Girl? Did the right couples end up together?

Sound off below and let us know what you thought of “New York, I Love You XOXO.” Take the time to go back and look at the Gossip Girl cast. It is definitely one to remember. And don’t forget to check back for the very last Gossip Girl Round Table

It’s been fun Gossip Girl fans. Thanks for the memories.

XOXO.

Review

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@ Rosie there is no fight. The losers can continue to cry and lick there wounds. The producers already apologized for doing dair in the retro...when they talked about DB they showed a scene with Blair apologizing for getting humphrey's hopes up. But Dan never cared for Blair, he just helping her reclaim her love for Charles. Dan himself as GG asked about dair, haven't we paid the toll enough for this relationship.

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All problems with the show started with the writers ran out of creativity, and decided to create what they consider 'drama'. They believed it made things exciting, when in fact it ruined the show. Nothing wrong with a little drama. A little bit of good drama backed by a believable story makes for far better fiction series. But it's this nonsense, over-the-top, unrealistic 'drama' that never stopped is what ruined the show. Why else come up with this fugitive Chair wedding? Drama. But making Dan Gossip Girl, turned out to be the biggest bs of all. Again, they think it makes for good drama. It's the nonsense 'drama' that killed the show.

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The best surprise-pairing of all was Georgina & Jack. I literally squealed over that one.

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Thank you for honouring Chuck and Blair and making them canon. Perfect ending. It had to be Dan as GG. It was the only way for him to be part of them. Lets be honest, I always wondered why GG gave a rats butt about the humphrey's. makes sense now.

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Loved it, Chair made my whole night and the series ended exactly how I wanted it. I would have loved to have seen Chuck, Blair, and Henry together though, but none the less, when Chuck said my son, ugh, it was so sweet. This entire series to me has been about Chair and no one else! Will so miss them. Oh and I wish there would have been MORE show less Carrie Diaries. I felt like that was crammed down my throat ALL night!

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I haven't watched Gossip Girl since midway through Season 3, but I tuned in to the final out of respect for the show before it went downhill for me. Nevetheless, I'm going to jump in on the Gossip Girl reveal: I don't understand the motive the writers had for making Dan Gossip Girl. It's just full of plot holes, Dan has asked for help from Gossip Girl, he's gotten tips from...himself, Dan being surprised about Nate and Serena in the S2 premiere even though GG had the scoop on them, etc. I'm all for a clever ruse, but this seems tacked on at the last minute - not something that has been in the cards since Day 1. No matter what the show says.

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wow best finalee ever, although, my only small question is, is nate alone with sage or what, i feel there could have been a little more closure to his ending maybe someone could point out that he is single or something. I also loved that olivia burke is starring in ivy's movie, although there should have been some mention of carter. I also loved the scene were everyone seems to have outgrown Gossip Girl, I think it really marked how everyone has matured and how because of Gossip Girl everyone is together

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A really fun, crazy, beautiful show to watch. I remember being dazzled by how beautiful the young ones were, now they have a few laugh lines and they survived terrible story lines at times but did a great job with the characters. I feel the writers bowed to the pressure from rabid Chuck and Blair fans. Lonely Boy belonged with Blair at the end. I'll always believe their love story was foreshadowed by the writers from the beginning but, as I said, I just believe the writers got caught up in fan mania and maybe hoped to go out on less than horrible ratings by getting the Chuck and Blair fans back, maybe they even hoped for a resurgence that would give the show a seventh season. I know, I know people don't want to hear this and the writers will never admit it. But just examine for a moment the awful patch job the writers did to bring Serena and Dan back together. There was never a hint in previous seasons these two would get back together. And their re-coupling was just awkward. Think about it. Oh and Lonely Boy being Gossip Girl, for me it was a toss up between him and Nate, one being a writer and the other a publisher. I mean come on. Still it was a blast and thank you for that.

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I actually enjoy the finale. I knew it was Dan but it was funny when Blair said she thought it was Dorota. I also found it funny how Dorota made Jack make her a drink because it was hilarious because she is suppose to be the help. Jack is still so hot and good luck to him and Georgina. I am going to miss GG.

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The entire episode felt as rushed as Chair's wedding. Most of the stuff was absolutely ridiculous (Bart's death pronounced an accident after 2.minutes of questioning LOL). Except the discussion about who the characters thought GG was, which was really great, this finale was a let down, as the last 2 seasons were. Farewell, GG