Gossip Girl Round Table: "New York, I Love You XOXO"

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Welcome back, once again, to TV Fanatic's final Gossip Girl Round Table Q&A discussion! Below, our panelists break down all aspects of the last Gossip Girl episode, "New York, I Love You XOXO."

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 season and series finale.

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

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1. What was your favorite scene or quote from the episode?

Courtney: If I'm going for the funny... definitely goes to Jack: "Come on out Blair, Uncle Jack is here to help." Other than that, I loved everyone gathered trying to figure out who was Gossip Girl.

Christina: Mad props to William for both: “Run along back to Florida and be the queen of the swamp people.” and then “You’re a lifetime movie called Nobody Gives a Damn: The Ivy Dickens Story.”

Leigh: Favorite quotes: Jack meeting Georgina. I wish these two had met sooner, their banter alone could've made a spinoff. Favorite scene was the flash forward. They used "You Got The Love" from the Sex and the City finale and that automatically gets me emotional. It was perfect to see everyone in a good place.

Steve: Hizzoner himself, Michael Bloomberg, reading his phone and saying "I thought it was Dorota." Let's just let that sink in ... they got the Mayor of New York City and one of the world's most powerful people to do that. Pretty awesome work, Stephanie. I also enjoyed the closing song, as Leigh said. Great symmetry with SATC and fittingly, Florence + The Machine did the honors in Derena's case.

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2. Were you surprised to find out the identity of Gossip Girl?

Courtney: Yes! I guess the signs were there but I had my money on Eric.

Christina: I was a bit surprised because I spent most of the time convinced that Jenny was behind it all. And actually, I think there would have been way less plot holes if the writers went that route.

Leigh: After reading speculation and articles and forums for the last few weeks I narrowed it down to the Humphrey family. Especially when people were saying that there was a key clue at the end of "It's Really Complicated." Dan said he's had a plan this whole time. Boom. I didn't like it at first and then I was like you know what? This is brilliant.

Steve: As the only one of the four of us to pick Dan in last week's Round Table ... I was still surprised the writers pulled the trigger on that, and pleasantly surprised. There's NO CHANCE it was planned that way from the very start, but it feels like there were definite clues dating back to Season 5 and possibly earlier.

3. Chuck and Blair got married and had a Mini-Bass. What was your favorite Chair moment?

Courtney: From this episode? The proposal by far. And seriously, how gorgeous did those two look for their wedding.

Christina: I liked the flash forward with Henry. He was adorable and I was just glad that Chair could finally get their happy ending.

Leigh: The proposal. "Chuck and Blair could never be boring." Also loved their old Hollywood kiss at Bethesda Fountain. However, the best was when Dorota said to Henry, look who it is and he screamed "Daddy" and jumped into Chuck's arms. That made me melt. Then when he was talking to Cyrus, he was looking at Blair adoringly. I wanted more of the Bass family!

Steve: I like that Chuck and Blair have a son and seem like good, happy parents. That to me says more about the long-term stability and strength of their relationship than anything.

4. In the flash forward, we learned that Serena and Dan were tying the knot. It's about time or big mistake?

Courtney: About time! These two have been at the core of the show since say one. Although, after realizing Dan was GG it seemed a little weird. But hey, he loves the girl and she loves him. Good for them!

Christina: What mistake? Serena's goal in life was to get married, and of course she ended up with the one person who was more obsessed with her than herself.

Leigh: Only Serena can decide what's right for her. They waited five years so I can only assume that they sorted all of their crap out. I think it was about time. I wish we saw some more Gossip Girl Season 1 Dan and Serena because that was them at their best. Serena doesn't care that she was written about, "remember you're nobody unless you're talked about."

Steve: She made peace with his role as Gossip Girl, and five years passed, so it's hard to call it a mistake. If they had rushed into it, that would be another story. Team Derena.

5. What was the best outfit featured in the finale?

Courtney: Toss up. Blair's wedding dress or her dress at Serena's wedding. Leighton Meester looked stunning in both.

Christina: B’s dress at the Derena wedding. I loved it!

Leigh: Blair's wedding dress and whole ensemble was beautiful. Also loved the flashback outfits, Chuck's scarf made an appearance!

Steve: Not really an outfit, but in a similar vein, Dan's buzzcut, flashback style. Feels like a lifetime and a million Muppet jokes ago. Honorable mention goes to Henry's bow tie.

6. There were blink-and-you-miss-it scenes with Jenny and Eric. Would you rather have had them come back and play a bigger role?

Courtney: I expected them to have a bigger part since their return was talked about quite a bit. I would have rather had them not return if their role was going to be that small. Did Jenny even talk?

Christina: Of course I would have loved more screen time with the younger siblings; however, the entire finale felt incredibly rushed as is. I’m not so sure how else they could have been involved.

Leigh: I definitely wanted more from Eric and little J. Rachel Bilson and Kristen Bell had more of a role, not that I'm complaining because I'm a fan of both, but we needed a little more Eric and Jenny.

Steve: It did seem a little pointless to bring them back just for that, although at least they helped end the flash forward on a happy note. However, Lisa Loeb was more noteworthy in that scene!

7. Rate the Gossip Girl finale on a scale of 1-10.

Courtney: I always want to give a series finale such a high rating. I thoroughly enjoyed the episode and discovering that everyone was doing so well in the future. There were definite plot holes, but there have been gaping holes in this show from the beginning. I'm going with a solid 8.

Christina: 5! It fell so short of what it could have been. Sure, there were plenty of answers and resolutions, but it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I'm going to pretend Gossip Girl Season 2 was the end.

Leigh: I'm gonna give it a 10. I'm SURE I will get a lot of arguments because you can never please a whole audience, but they wrapped it up the best they could and we said goodbye. XOXO.

Steve: I'd go much lower, but you can't punish the finale for some of the Season 4-6 episodes that preceded it, so I'll say 9. On its own merit, "New York, I Love You XOXO" was a lot of fun.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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Whoa! Been recapping GG Season 2 the first few epds and it does make some sort of sense that Dan was Gossip Girl all along..hmmm..I can believe it! The finale was alright but the best seasons of this show had long gone and it was the right time for it to come to an end.

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@ DanVenezuela The Derena wedding was at Chuck and Blairs home, the toys that lil henry and dorota were cleaning up where his, theres a childs easel in the background with what i persume is one of his drawings (super cute) and theres a clear wedding pic of CB kissing and baby henry in the cluster of photos behind rufus when hes sitting.

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@Andrea, For the last time Chuck's mother is Elizabeth Fisher from season 3! What about Scott (Serena and Dan sibling), who cares when Serena and Dan finally got married!

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wow...finally its over...what a long six years had been for Gossip Girl..for me the ending was perfect..Chair endgame and be parents..Henry Bass..what a cute little boy..so much like Chuck..and everyone get their happy ending..so sad because after this no more GG which had been part of my teenage world ..now can't believe everyone had grown up...no more checking on spoilers for GG every year since 2007..haha..guess every story must comes to an end...goodbye Gossip Girl..u'll always be one of my favorite teen show...xoxo =)

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7th This is the final of series and deserves a 10, because all that mattered was put into place, Serena and Dan, Chuck and Blair are married, Nate became a successful businessman, Georgina and Jack are together (should before)! Although there is a big downside as Lily and Rufus are not together, and a big mistake that William and Lily are together! But naturally it never can please everyone!

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Dan is ultimate winner because he managed to outplay them all and get the girl he always wanted - Serena!
3rd The most beautiful moment of was the wedding of Chuck and Blair, and five years later the family Bass together - Chuck, Blair and their son Henry! Perfect!
4th It was final time to fairy tale of Dan and Serena to end up with a fairytale wedding! Finally it happened a wedding of Serena and Dan that I waited 6 seasons - beautiful and memorable!
5th There is no doubt that Serena was the best dressed at her wedding, because her wedding dress symbolized everything that is connected with the love of her and Dan! Naturally, actress Blake is beautiful and whatever she put on it she looks gorgeous!
6th If it had been more time then it would certainly Jenny and Eric had a bigger role, but this much is enough because all who, since the beginning were important, were at the wedding of Serena and Dan, ie. the end of the series!
7th This is the final of series and deserves a 10, because all that mattered was put into place, Serena and Dan, Chuck and Blair are married, Nate became a successful businessman, Georgina and Jack are together (should before)! Although there is a big downside as Lily and Rufus are not together, and a big mistake that William and Lily are together! But naturally it never can please everyone!

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The episode is great, it's the end of what series deserves! At every the end it feels sorrow because there will be no new developments in favorite series, but life goes on!
1st Favorite scene is, of course, the wedding of Serena and Dan, there are no surprise of that! Finally the fairy tale about Serena and Dan got a happy ending! Favorite quote when Dorota asks Jack to make her a vodka on the rocks and three olives, hilarious!
2nd For me, it is surprise that Dan was GG, but probably because I did not take into account that he may be GG, because of what happened in the episode 6x08! But now that the cat is out of the bag, the writers have managed to link it that makes sense that from a beginning Dan was a GG! It is particularly well-recorded scene when Dan and Serena first time meet at the birthday 2005, as Dan’s an explanation of why he became GG - at the end it came down to love an ordinary boy from Brooklyn with a beautiful girl from Manhattan! Dan is ultimate winner because he managed to outplay them all and get the girl he always wanted - Serena!

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Clickk.here.to.Watch Gossip Girl Season 6 Episode 10 - New York, I Love You XOXO [IN FULL UPDATED VIDEO AVAILABLE NOW FREE NO SURVEYS] Clickk.here.to.Watch Gossip Girl Season 6 Episode 10 - New York, I Love You XOXO [IN FULL UPDATED VIDEO AVAILABLE NOW FREE NO SURVEYS]
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Episode Name: XOXO New York I Love You
Air date: 12/17/2012 summary: IDENTITY REVEALED IN SERIES FINALE - The Series Finale begins with the stars and executive producers bidding farewell to the Upper East Side in a look back at the show's many unforgettable moments. Then, in a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree, and the shocking identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed. . . .

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(I still think if serena is like her mother which I think she is SHE will divorce dan in the future & marry nate)(I REALLY HOPE the S6 Dvd gives us the answers we want)

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Since the last episode of Gossip Girl Season 2 it was obvious that GG was Dan. Why on earth would he appear the first one? or he'd write such good things about himself?

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