I feel bad for Serena, because I suspect she didn't leak the diary on purpose (and Blair's going to go after her with a vengeance) and I also think she'll sleep with Dan thinking it means something, and then he's going to tell her "there is no us". Poor Serena, this season has been awful for her. She deserves so much better than Dan.
I think it's pretty clear Blair's going to choose Chuck, just based on how her relationship with Dan has been written- I mean, she couldn't seem less into him if she tried. She's like 3 feet away from him in that pic of them kissing. And I actually think that will make the Serena/Blair fallout even worse, because Blair screwed over their friendship for a guy she didn't even like that much, and Serena obviously still loves him. My guess is the finale ends with CB together, DS angst/cliffhanger, and SB not even on speaking terms. Also, the ratings are terrible because, quite frankly, the show has been pretty terrible. I don't think it can be solely blamed on any particular pairing, but what they did to the show as a whole to make Dan and Blair happen as a couple, IMO, bears most of the blame. We were like 20 episodes into the season before any storyline besides "who does Blair love the most?" got any serious screentime. People are just sick of it.
The return of Bart was soap-opera cheesy to be sure, but at least it gave Ed some great moments. He is just... way too good an actor for this show. I loved all the Chair scenes, but the scene where Serena is pretending to be Blair and bashing Dan and Blair's relationship (while wearing a headband!) was absolutely hilarious. The Brad/Angelina/Jennifer comment? She's so good at playing Blair it's almost scary. I think the finale will involved a Serena/Blair catfight for sure, although I don't think she actually leaked the diary on purpose. My guess is that she probably did scan it as ammunition, but then never used it and GG herself got it back when she stole back the laptop. Either way, it's been brewing for a long time, the fact that those two are even still on speaking terms after how Blair's been acting this season is ridiculous.
So yes, my ideal scenario would be Blair choosing Chuck and Chuck choosing "sorry, I chased you long enough, now it's time you chased me." But I see no way for that to happen, since the writers seem to think either of these guys should be grateful if Blair deigns to be with them. So yeah, I think she'll choose Chuck and he'll take her back. Because by Safran's own words, "Chuck and Blair are never over", and we know Chuck tells her partway through the finale that he's not going to wait for her anymore, so... it's pretty much time to piss or get off the pot, Blair. I don't think we'll get a real Dan/Serena reunion though, that whole mess will be saved for S6.
I agree that characterizing this as Blair's choice is incredibly frustrating. When Serena had to make a choice between Dan and Nate, she was rightfully portrayed as unsympathetic and flaky, and ended up without either of them- which is generally the appropriate karma for that sort of behavior. It's beyond me why the GGWriters are so in love with Blair's character that they're not even the slightest bit objective about her. This entire season could have been titled "which man can love Blair the very, very mostest?"... because obviously, all of them have to love her (although it's totally unclear what, at this point, what makes her so darn lovable). It's not like Blair was sitting around alone and rejected while guys fought over Serena, but apparently that's all that Serena gets to do this season- be depressed and alone and listen to her best friend screw the guy she loves in the room next door.
Blair's simply not, nor will she ever be, willing to let go of Chuck for good. And for the record, I think Blair and Serena's friendship is hanging by a thread already. Blair just hasn't noticed yet because she's too busy being a self-absorbed bitch.
I don't think anyone needs to come between Dan and Blair, their relationship seems to be falling apart on its own. We already got an "I love you" "...um, thanks" moment between them, doesn't seem like third-parties are even necessary to demonstrate how one-sided this relationship is. Eventually Dan has to notice it as well. I wouldn't be surprised if something is stirred up between Dan and Serena in the next few episodes, mostly because those feelings of Serena's have hung around this long for a reason, and I still think Dan and Serena are probably going to end up together (even though I think she deserves so, so much better at this point), but I don't think that'll be the cause of Blair and Dan's demise. I think Chuck will tell her he's done waiting and he's going to move on, and that'll force Blair's hand because she's not willing to let him go. Hell, she couldn't even handle a hooker rubbing against him in the middle of a crowded room, even though she has a boyfriend. She's simply not, nor will she ever be, willing to let go of Chuck for good.
@Beth You do realize that the magnitude of the melodrama and issues that CB have faced, relative to the "obstacles" of the last few episodes, is exactly what points to them ending up together? That's like... television 101. The couple that gets the real drama, the tearful scenes, the face-slapping, the OTT declarations of love... that's the couple that prevails. And IMO, if Blair loved Dan, she would've said it back. There was nothing stopping her from doing so- clearly she has no problem with expressing feelings, no fears of commitment, no hesitations about Dan as a person or as a boyfriend. She's told two other guys she loved them this year alone. So she had absolutely no reason not to... except not feeling it. And given the way she treats him, it doesn't surprise me. I'd actually feel bad for Dan, if I liked him.
@Beth 1) Bad sex and failure at being part of each other's lives are not obstacles- they're signs from God that you're not supposed to be together. And if you're dismissing Chuck and Blair's relationship as a "little speed bump", the phrase "Chuck and Blair are never over" comes to mind...2) Dan and Blair have never had "angsty goodness" in their relationship. Literally, not once. The closest they've gotten is sad-mopey-face. I thought the whole thing you guys liked about them was that they were "cute and sweet"? If you want angsty goodness, I'm afraid Chuck and Blair will be the ones providing that.
I don't think I'll ever feel bad for Dan again, to be honest. After the way he's treated Serena and Chuck this season, he deserves whatever he gets. Maybe if something bad actually ever happened to him, I might... but the guy's had a horseshoe stuck up his ass for like 5 seasons now. But yeah, I agree that this episode didn't compare to S1/S2. I mean, when we say "best episode of the season", that's a pretty friggin' low bar to set. They "built up" Dair only to turn it into the world's lamest relationship, so anything even remotely S1/S2ish would seem awesome after that. I actually thought the best chemistry/sparks between Chuck and Blair wasn't in that scene at the end- although that was touching- it was in the fun, sexy bits earlier in the episode. I could watch those two snark and have eyesex all day long.
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