Gossip Girl Round Table: "The Revengers"

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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 the penultimate Gossip Girl episode, "The Revengers."

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: Who knew Nate watches Homeland? "I don't know how Claire Danes does this! It hurts my head." Classic.

Christina: The final seconds leading up to Bart plummeting to his death were definitely my favorite. I can’t remember laughing so hard during Gossip Girl. And that amazing score gave me chills – the same kind I get from watching The Lion King, Batman or even Days of Our Lives. Sarcasm, intended.

Leigh: Loved Serena, Blair, and Chuck just lounging in the Oak Room waiting for a scheme. Something about the familiarity and the way Serena gave instructions so easily was just beautifully familiar.

Steve: "Bart Bass may be able to fool the FBI but he has never had to face off against Blair Waldorf and her bitches." Spoken like the true HBIC we know and love. Also Dan calling Chuck his "inspiration."

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2. Will Serena really leave the UES for good or will Dan's envelope trick bring her back to her love and her friends?

Courtney: To use Carrie Bradshaw's words... Serena is like the Chrysler Building. It would be oh so wrong for her to be anywhere but in NYC. All of the mess that will unfold from the Bart situation and Dan's confession of love will keep the Golden Girl of NYC exactly where she should be.

Christina: Of course S will be back. Now, will it be because of Dan’s words that get her back to where she belongs? Probably, but I hope she also remembers it was also his words that sent her with bags in tow, too.

Leigh: Well duh. But WHAT is in the envelope??? Surely it's more than just the other article. Is it the GG evidence too?

Steve: All I know is that Dan's either a better writer or sleuth than we thought, or both, because it's totally gonna bring her back and they're totally gonna live happily ever after (down the road, if not next week).

3. Blair teamed up with her b!tches for a war against Bart. Fun and entertaining or are you just plain tired of seeing G, Ivy, and Sage on your screen... especially in the final season?

Courtney: I'm always up for Blair and the girls on a takedown. I'm usually not a huge fan of Georgina and I haven't loved that some of the newer supporting characters have taken up so much screen time in the final season. But I have to admit, I thoroughly enjoyed G, Ivy, and Sage working with Blair and Serena.

Christina: I can’t say that I’ve ever cared for Geor-GINA, the strep throat-stricken Ivy, or hipster Sage. However, B and her bitches were fun and manipulative as ever.

Leigh: Yup loved the whole thing. Sage has grown on me, Ivy is ok, G cracks me up and Blair really did gather the best bitches and schemers. About time she got rid of her amateur minions.

Steve: They definitely took up too much time, or it felt that way at certain points, but without a doubt Team Blair Bitch Project rose to the occasion as a united front in this installment.

4. Bart Bass took the plunge, falling off the roof at his Man of the Year Party. Say goodbye to the dearly departed.

Courtney: To the most awful father in Gossip Girl history... you made a bigger splash with your faux death a few seasons ago. This season, Chuck is not alone in wanting to get rid of you. You were a mean, untrustworthy man who took advantage of everyone. You will not be missed... although your eyes might be.

Christina: Dearest Basstard, goodbye again. I’m not sure that you will be missed by anyone, but we certainly won’t forget you for all your evil wrongdoings and giving Chuck major daddy issues.

Leigh: Oh I'm sorry I was unable to find my eulogy from Gossip Girl Season 2 when we buried him the first time.

Steve: I'm sorry, I haven't finished laughing long enough to pen the man the second eulogy we all richly deserve. That scene was a solid 9.5 on the Unintentional Comedy TV Scale.

5. In honor of next week's finale, what is your all-time favorite GG memory?

Courtney: How can I choose? I still love the first season and the original but ridiculous awesomeness. My all time favorite may be the entire "Victor Victrola" episode from Season 1.

Christina: If I had to choose one (this took me nearly an hour), it would have to be the Chair scene from Season 4 with B in the gorgeous red gown and Chuck in plain, simple clothes. Chuck: “Your world would be easier if I didn’t come back.” Blair: “That’s true, but it wouldn’t be my world without you in it.” Epic!

Leigh: The creation of the NJBC when Serena told Blair she "killed someone." That was the first time the "non judging breakfast club" was used. Happier memory? The whole crew in the Hamptons for "Summer Kind of Wonderful."

Steve: Being able to discuss it in reviews and Round Tables with my fellow panelists during its glory days and even now. It's been a blast and something I'll forever be grateful for.

6. Endgame is upon us! Make your prediction(s) for the series finale.

Courtney: Blair and Chuck = happily ever after... well after the Bart disaster. The flash forward will show us a mini Bass. Serena stays in the UES and gets back together with Dan. Sage and Nate keep their relationship going. Lily will end up alone. Jenny and Eric will return for the reveal of Gossip Girl.

Christina: Well, I fail at trying not to read Gossip Girl spoilers. So, I can’t exactly make any predictions, but here’s what I want to see happen: Manhattan’s elite to bow out on a high, dramatic note. I want to see scheme teams, surprising twists and turns, NJBC, Chair, Serenate (still hoping), and maybe even Rufly. 

Leigh: Chuck and Blair get married right before Chuck gets questioned by the police. Serena comes back and tries to take down GG with Dan and Nate. I still have no clue why Juliet comes back. Flash forward to a Dan and Serena wedding which is why Eric and Jenny return. Plus a Baby Bass!

Steve: I think Chair will get married before the much-talked about flash forward, as Leigh says, and the glimpse into the future may reveal the fate of many cast members - including the title character.

7. One last time ... who is Gossip Girl?

Courtney: The same person many have thought it to be for years: Eric Van Der Woodsen.

Christina: Jenny Humphrey! Would there be some plot holes if it were the infamous raccoon-eyed fashionista? Sure, but this is Gossip Girl after all. We shouldn’t expect anything less than inexplicable plotting.

Leigh: Nelly Yuki? Juliet? Rufus? I'm stumped. Truly. But Kristen Bell does have a cameo...

Steve: I'd love to say Dan, because it would be the best-ever twist no one saw coming, but I don't see the writers going there with his character. Not now. Juliet strikes me as another dark horse pick.

What do you think? Sound off in the comments!

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    Bart Bass is gossip girl!
    thats why there was no gossip girl narrating at the end of the last episode!

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    One of my favorite moments (it's hard to choose just one) was in 'Hi, Society' when Chuck watches Nate and Blair kissing and then disappearing into the hotel room, not before Nate gives Chuck a wink. Granted it's not a happy moment, but it is a defining one. GG said it best "Spotted: Chuck Bass losing something no one knew he had to begin with ... his heart."

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    @Zoran, @Drea XOXO, Carol's one time lover in the flashback was a different van der Woodsen, Keith not William. They must be brothers, because at one time there was a spoiler about Keith appearing, and he was described as Serena and Eric's uncle. Apparently plans were changed, though.

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    I feel the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel welling up in me whenever I think that the mish-mash plot flotsam that used to be Gossip Girls is ending. Yay! I'm just hanging in for the montage!

    Tfv168

    1. Blair to Ivy: "Do you want to go back to being a goat?"
    2. Serena will never be able to stay away from the UES, and no matter where she goes, she'll never live down being SvdW. You can't ever escape Google!
    3. It's sad that Blair thought she could take down Bart with only G, S, Chivy and Sage.
    4. Karma's a bitch, Bart. Karma's a bitch!
    5. Favorite memory would be the high productions values of the early seasons, especially before Eric Daman got too full of himself.
    6. chuck & Blair get married so Blair can't testify against Chuck at his trial. Jenny (eventually) come back as lead designer at WD. Don't really care what happens between Dan & Serena because I want Serenate to be endgame. Nate goes into business with his dad and becomes the next Bernie Maddoff. ERic practices International Environmental Law.
    7. Dan is GG, and he somehow spun it into the greatest love letter of all time. That's the final chapter he put in S's cheap Target luggage. Seriously, Blair has LV. Lily has LV and T. Anthony. S gets....Target?

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    1. Blair to Ivy: "Do you want to go back to being a goat?"
    2. Serena will never be able to stay away from the UES, and no matter where she goes, she'll never live down being SvdW. You can't ever escape Google!
    3. It's sad that Blair thought she could take down Bart with only G, S, Chivy and Sage.
    4. Karma's a bitch, Bart. Karma's a bitch!
    5. Favorite memory would be the high productions values of the early seasons, especially before Eric Daman got too full of himself.
    6. chuck & Blair get married so Blair can't testify against Chuck at his trial. Jenny (eventually) come back as lead designer at WD. Don't really care what happens between Dan & Serena because I want Serenate to be endgame. Nate goes into business with his dad and becomes the next Bernie Maddoff. ERic practices International Environmental Law.
    7. Dan is GG, and he somehow spun it into the greatest love letter of all time. That's the final chapter he put in S's cheap Target luggage. Seriously, Blair has LV. Lil

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    I've bought every DVD and if the ending sucks I either buy it and stop the DVD at the point I feel it should end Chuck and Blair's wedding or pretend the final season never happened

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    Endgame predictions: Blair and Chuck married with a child, Serena and Dan finding their way back to each other after some much needed time apart and some soul searching, Nate unveiling Gossip Girl and ending up with 1. Jenny 2. Juliet or 3. Sage, and Lily and Rufus reuniting at Serena and Dan's wedding only to realize like their children did at Lily's wedding to Bart that she is who is she is and that he can't accept that. Dan's second novel inside out was a true story and we've been watching the making of that movie this whole time and at the end Dan's friends that he based the characters off give him their opinion.

    Drea-xoxo

    oh valley girls, i liked that episode it explained why lily was so distance. i forgot that clare revealed she had relations with the VDW in that episode (wasn't he a doctor or producer? could be will never know writers forget in these series) @zoran

    did anyone notice how charles tried not to laugh through the scene as well i still can't stop laughing it was an unintentional comical genius. and oo carol i could see but then no more lily or will. GG1.0 only benefited S no one else really, she was made relevant again

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    @Drea XOXO, I believed from the beginning that the GG is older person, and my first guess was or Alison or Lily! Of course, now that there is more information and it is more likely that William is GG! However, it remained unclear something about Lily, William and Carol back in season 2, which could provide further evidence of who the GG is! In the 2x24 or 2x25 episode Lily remembers when she was jailed in LA, and then we find out that Carol was in a sex relationship with the young van der Woodsen! It is not clear whether it is the same William van der Woodsen, who was later married to Lily, probably under the influence of SiSi? If so, then it is clear why Carol hated SiSi, and then it is clearly too the behavior of William to Serena and Lily!




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