Gossip Girl Round Table: "It's Really Complicated"

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's weekly Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of this week's Gossip Girl episode, "It's Really Complicated."

In our Q&A session, TVF editor Steve Marsi and staff members Christina Tran, Leigh Raines and Courtney Morrison share their opinions on everything that went down on the Upper East Side.

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 episode?

Courtney: Favorite quote definitely had to be Blair's 7th heaven reference. My least favorite? That pantsuit she was wearing.

Christina: I loved when Nate sucker-punched Lonely Boy. That was awesome!

Leigh: When Lily called Chuck from the limo to tell him she believed him I was overjoyed. Also she read the slides with a jewelry loop per Cece's suggestion on how to catch a guilty husband. I love when Cece presents herself from beyond the grave. She was a bad bitch!

Steve: "Nate, I came up here to make out, not to watch you and Chuck play WikiLeaks." No way she knows what that is, but gotta admire Sage for being forward at least.

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2. How did this Thanksgiving episode compare to Thanksgivings past?

Courtney:  I expected more since it's the final Thanksgiving, but it was pretty good. Just about everyone was in the same room and Dan got punched. Sounds good to me!

Christina: What was supposed to be the best Thanksgiving ever just made me miss the early Thanksgiving episodes with Jenny and Eric. I’m always down for a full side of drama, but it simply didn’t measure up to the best of times. Then again, I’ve been re-watching Gossip Girl Seasons 1-2 so pardon my nostalgia.

Leigh: This was probably number two, behind Gossip Girl Season 3's "Treasure of the Serena Madre" when Serena was having an affair with Tripp Vanderbilt.

Steve: Have to agree with Leigh, that was an all-timer. I enjoyed this week's episode but all things Seasons 5-6 are just viewed through a different lens; it's hard to compare the current GG to the first three years.

3. Biggest Surprise: Nate is back with Sage again, Bart is now Dan's role model or that all it took was Pocahontas to get John Rolfe out of his funk?

Courtney: I'm going with Bart being Dan's role model. As douchey as he has been, he's better than wanting to be Bart Bass.

Christina: Dan’s gone Dark Side for some time now. Chair’s… Chair. As for Nate, between being blackmailed by Bart and the stress at The Spectator, I think he somehow forgot Sage was in high school still. Two episodes to go, so here’s to hoping that high school hipster is gone for good by next week.

Leigh: If Bart is really Dan's role model he's gone wayyy off the deep end. Going from idolizing Rufus to Bart is a 180.

Steve: All fairly surprisingly, but Bart being anyone's role model has to take the cake. You're basically selling your soul to the devil with zero hope of redemption at that point ... unless you're playing the devil ...

4. Team Dan or Team NJBC?

Courtney: There is no possible way I could be on team Dan after his Thanksgiving stunt. He was just cold.

Christina: Team NJBC! Sure, Dan’s only been truth telling with every single one of his exposes. However, he’s also been brutally honest and hurting every single one of his once so-called friends and even his own family. Dan said he never felt equal and has always been judged for being a poor Brooklynite, but he judges Serena and the rest of the gang all just the same.  

Leigh: Is this a real question? NJBC FTW! Dan is mad at them because of how they treat each other and because of their "world?" Why didn't he just stay at NYU and live an awesome new life with people he got along with and who revered him. Why was he always trying to win over the UES, a place he hated and resented? None of it makes sense to me.

Steve: I've always thought Dan was an interesting character, unpredictable and genuinely conflicted as to what kind of person he wanted to be. That said, there is no Team Dan anymore. I'd have punched him too.

5. Dan's apparently the man with a plan. What's his final chapter about?

Courtney: I'm thinking it's about all of them. His desire to be part of the UES and how you can never fully make it in. Maybe it will be his redemption chapter where he tells the truth about himself.

Christina: Well, I think it’s safe to say that the writers have practically destroyed Dan Humphrey. I hope for his sake that the final chapter isn’t just more badmouthing. Maybe Dan’s turn for the worse is actually for the better and he’s somehow planning to help take down Bart. I just don’t see how else his character could be redeemed at this point – that is, if he cares about redemption at all.

Leigh: I've thought about this and I truly have no clue where this kid is going. Is he going to reveal it was all an experiment or character study? Dan flip flops too much to make a real assumption on what his Final Chapter could be.

Steve: Dan is about to be outed as Gossip Girl, having documented the entire series as the ultimate insider-outsider from the beginning (and conveniently disparaging himself as Lonely Boy to throw people off). Obviously I'm just grasping at straws here and have no idea who Gossip Girl is, but wouldn't that be sort of awesome?

6. Based on next week's promo, is Chuck about to make a huge mistake?

Courtney: Chuck always has a plan, especially with Blair, Nate, and lily at his side. He will make a mistake, but not one he can't fix during the finale.

Christina: That’s what they want us to think! However, I think the plane crash will actually play a huge role in operation take down Bart with Chuck playing dead this time, only to prove Bart’s involvement with yet another mysterious transportation accident.

Leigh: No, Chuck is about to pull a Victoria Grayson and she's one of the biggest badasses of all time. No way Chuck dies, but rather frames Bart for a third person mysteriously dying on Bass Transportation, just like Christina said!

Steve: Based on these Gossip Girl finale photos, no, he won't be plunging to his death. I suspect, however, that the fallout from this will extend beyond next week and possibly throw a wrench into his plan to wed B.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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If you're really being honest then you know that no one can really be an objective observer in their life because every truth has variations, and everyone has their version of it. Truths are shackled by your values, experiences, beliefs, and preferences. So try to never be too quick to judge anything or anyone too harshly because really is anyone ever all innocent or unselfish? As outlandish as it all may seem, remember the full purpose is for you to enjoy the ride, whether good or bad, and be entertained by the offerings that all the actors, supporting cast and crew have worked hard to deliver to you for 6 seasons.

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Wow I missed reading these biased comments and hate for dan (NOT!) how can everyone still hate Dan AFTER HE SAVED CHUCK'S LIFE IT'S ALL THANKS TO HIM THAT CHUCK DIDN'T GET ON THAT PLANE! Dan always will be my favourite character and those NJBC brats say they don't judge, yet they forever esclude Dan because he's from Brooklyn?! I hate this show so much, and I'll be glad when Dan leaves UES, hopefully with Georgina as he burns the UES and everything it represents down.

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Team Dan! I always was and I always will! Is about time somebody say the things like they're and as much I love to hate Serena she'd manage to rise the bar every time in stupidity! And Blair OMG! What did to you that prince, that you'd have to beg for sex at any boyfriend of yours? And Nate punched Dan: simply wow!(hot fight! Don't pay attention to my drooling been,please:P)

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Have each others backs? If that means simply for stabbing them in it then I agree wholeheartedly. They treat each other and other people abominably! It's about time it was said. Go Dan!!!

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the members of the NJBC have their faults they admit that themselves they have said and done awful things to each other and about each other but when push comes to shove they've always had each others backs. Dan on the other hand says and does awful things but instead of admitting to doing so he justifies his actions he claims he did does so because of the truth or because since he's not one of them he's at a disadvantage or because doing so is taking the morally correct high road he's a self promoting Hipster weasel

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I understand hate watching a show but I personally would rather watch a show I love and still enjoy which is why I still watch it's the sixth season of course the quality of the writing and acting isn't going to be the same as it was at the beginning the actors are ready have been for some time now to move on and the writers and producers are spread to thin Fake Empire has four series on the air and two getting ready to launch in January Stephanie should have focused on Gossip Girl as the sole executive producer Sara Goodman is a poor man's Josh Safran who clearly has no idea who these characters are who the fans are and what the show is about! I will boycott everything and everyone connected with this show if it ends up being Dan's story or some shit ending like that

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I suspect that William may be gossip girl. I mean that guy is clearly evil. He doesn't even contact his own kids when he's in NYC! And he clearly has some ulterior motive of being with Ivy... I think the idea of it being someone older is a bit weird/stupid but still he's probably my number 1 suspect.

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5. I hope Dan's final chapter isn't about himself, because that's a subject that doesn't interest me. Maybe (I'm grasping at straws here) his reference to Serena's "daddy issues" is a hint that he knows who Serena's father is (not William vdW). 6. Chuck, I think, will do something dangerous, but he'll do it deliberately; that's what he means by going to war. Still, it's possible that he's already made a huge mistake. @Z: You could be wrong that Serena calling Steven proves Dan right. We don't know what she wanted to say to Steven.

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Can't wait for the series finale, because then I can be happy knowing that the writers and producers of this horrid show will be permanently unemployed

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Well, the end is almost in sight and this is kind of bittersweet. I'm happy because I'm glad they're ending it before it starts going way down hill, but I'm also mad because I think the last few episodes have been some of the best yet...hopefully this is leading up to a great ending. Things I loved about this episode are Dan, Dan, and well, Dan. He's awesome, and his character is stepping things up lately, and I loved how evil he was in this. Besides that, I also really liked a new song I discovered called "For You" by Wolf Rider - silly wtf band name but the song is great...it's the song that plays over the establishing shots for the Thanksgiving activities as Nate notices chuck’s dog monkey up to some suspicious behavior, Chuck skips scotch and then Rufus eats breakfast while looking at a flier for a concert. Totally reminds me of Fleet Foxes and The Shins.

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