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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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Okay, the best thing for me was Rachel Bilson cameo. Playing Blair based on Dan's book - amazing! Love how they refer to the O.C. which was also Schwartz's show with that: You're too old for teen :) And, i don't want to know why they live here, why this, why that, I just had a two questions:
1) WHO t f is Chuck's mum?????
2) What the hell happend to Dan's and Serena's brother???

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So the entire time gossip girl was in love with Serena, it's weird

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@ Leigh Raines At the end of that episode Serena goes to Dan to tell him he was right about "her world", and he's at that point of the show totally in love with her. So she sits next to him and then the GG voice-over tells: "as for me I'm happy right where I am, I only want to be with you", and you see Dan sitting next to Serena, felling obviously totally happy. If you know GG is Dan, it's a major clue I think :) Because it actually didn't make sense for an unknown GG to write that line, while when you know it's Dan, it's a perfect fit :)

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More of Jenny and Eric would have been good.
Dan's hair at the wedding how bad was it?

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Loved Chuck's and Blair's happy ending! My favorite seasons were s1,s2 and first half of s3. After what happened with Chuck and Blair and the hotel in s3, I felt that the show was losing its style,character and prestige. There were many thinks in the plot that I didn't like. Despite that, the finale reminded me all the nice moments I really liked:) I will def miss Chuck Bass!xoxo

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Christina you are my girl! All your answers were the same as mine! My brother and I started to watch this show from day one and when s2 ended he left me alone and keep saying to me "why you still watch that? Is such a cr@p of show!" or sth like "you're wasting your time watching that!" and for the first time I think he was right!(I won't admit it thou) I'll pretending the end was that too...Now I'm sad and gonna miss Nate, Blair' schemes and even Chuck who talking at you so clouser! Not Serena...she's a dumb blondie, I felt sorry for her all the way.

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1.Fav scene!
The whole episode! ;) honestly the Revelation scene was so well done. Funny but serious, honest and awesome.
Beside that the Derena scenes were really good, how she got to underdstand him!
2.Dan is GG
I hate to love it! I mean it ruined Dan but it raised him as well. Imagine how sad he felt when he had to write that stuff to feel noticed!
But I'm surprised the writers pulled it off!
3.Chair?
The story was pretty rushed.I don't like Blair being a Puppy around Chuck. The proposal and wedding were well done.
4.Derena!?
Derena where my Fav couple on the show and I was -.- when they started mess wwith them heavily! But they wrote it so I agree with the Saying "I do!".
5.Best outfit!
Jenny rules. Golden Gothic *.*
6.Jenny and Eric
they just had one hour and give them to much focus could dstroy this great final. Jenny could've been involved into the GG mystery cause she knew!
7.Rate it!
In comparion to the season i give it a 10, for a the whole show 8-!

Leigh r

Okay I'm SO glad other people noticed the "J Waldorf" bag because I thought I hallucinated. Also Episode 12 was the "School Lies" episode, what was the clue about Dan?

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The episode felt rushed, but it was nice to say goodbye...it was more an homage to the series than anything...loved so many throwbacks, from everyones reactions to toe great reveal- Hizzoner, juliet, lola, agnes, etc- to the steps of the met scene, bethesda fountain, where serena and blair had many tete-a-tetes, to lisa loeb, jenny and eric at derenas wedding, to the ad for ivy and olivias movie, and kristen bell breaking the 4th wall...it was great. I just wished that they had a 2 hour finale instead of cramming it into an hour. I could have done without the retrospective.

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I agree with Christina and I'm also going to pretend that GG ended in Season 2. The more and more I saw the show the plots got weaker and the characters got lost on the way. The idea of Dan being GG it sounded good just in the way they wrote the last episode, we could have easily had another explanation of Jenny, Rufus or even Blair being GG, it's just a matter of how you explain it.
On the other hand I think that the small screen time of little J had to do with the fact that she's probably high on drugs and if you put it for more than 2 seconds on screen you'll notice it.
All in all I've been watching this show since day one and it's nice to see the end. Eventhough it kind of hit rock bottom.