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@Em I see what you mean. Chuck had a few seconds to make a choice, and after everything Bart had said to him in the previous moments, he couldn't have done anything differently. It goes without saying that he comes out of all this (and is indeed) the better man, since he didn't kill Bart (or anyone else, for that matter); he just didn't save him. I just thought that all the build-up around Bart's storyline, when it was all leading to his death, was, as you say, the easiest option. On the other hand, it did make sense to me that in the end, what didn't save Bart (and made him lose the battle to Chuck) was the thing he always said made Chuck weak: compassion.

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@puppybunny1 Yep, I agree with you too. For a moment, I thought Chuck was gonna grab Bart's hand, and when he didn't, it was kind of a letdown. To me, by killing him, the writers took the easy way out, instead of making C&B having to deal with it in a more "adult" way, like they had been doing up until that moment (which would also had proven that Chuck was more of a man than Bart would ever be, especially after his "being a man" speech).

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@Em I agree with everything you said! The music in that last scene was ridiculous. I know it's an "homage" to some films the show has been making reference to since day 1, but still.

The rest of the episode was great! I've always rooted for Derena, but I, too, had been wondering if there was a way for them to finally get back together after everything they've been through. It turns out I enjoyed Dan's awful actions being a wake-up call for Serena, and for himself, too. They somehow triggered a much-needed character development.

As for Chair, they're always amazing together. Their scheming has got too far, but then again it is what brought them together in the first place, so it's nice to see it ending the same way it started.

I remember reading somewhere that before airing the last episode, a "behind the scenes" special would air. Does anyone know if that's still happening?

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@Jarrod Mitchell @egrey I agree! When I read that someone was going to die, I basically ruled out Lexie because of what Chyler had said about "honouring the show's name" and being the remaining Grey if Ellen Pompeo decided to leave.

The statement doesn't clarify the reasons for leaving, but my biggest issue is the closure they gave to her character. If they knew all along (or at least at the beginning of season 8) that her death was imminent, why didn't they develop her storyline better instead of making Lexie spend most of the season secretly in love with Mark, only to kill her 2 seconds after he had finally reacted? Maybe this isn't an issue for some people, but I was so invested with their love story! I still can't believe it :(

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@Uncle Jackass
You're right. Only the problem isn't people not changing their viewpoints, the problem is people insulting viewpoints that they don't share... I have my own "teams" but that doesn't prevent me from enjoying storylines that are not the ones I wish to see! (Dair, for example)

In unrelated news, great nickname!

@Anonymous
Yeah, that is why even though I like Derena, I think their relationship is really forced now. This would be their fourth reunion... that number ought to say sth.

@Tartila
That's true. She did take her time to choose between him and Nate as if she was choosing between ice-cream flavours...

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@Anonymous

Yeah, S & B's friendship sucks! As you said, they've backstabbed each other more times than I can count... but friendships in the UES are always kind of special. There's a reason for the nickname "the non-judging breakfast club". If they had some kind of self-criticism, they would all have parted ways loooong ago!

@Tartila

I don't see how this can turn Dan to Serena... I'd like them together too, but the show doesn't seem to be taking that path! And totally. I want all the food on that table. It was probably not eaten. What a waste.

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@Candy

You're right. After 5 seasons, the writers have to come up with new storylines, because otherwise it would be boring. However, as we can take from all the info out there (ie contracts ending), the show will go no further than a 6th season. It is possible that the writers are keeping that in mind, and so they will try to develop Dair as much as they can in what's left of season 5, to reunite Chair in season 6. The problem with this (if it happens to be true, which I obviously don't know for sure) is that many people are afraid that Chair will be reunited in a completely "forced" way, something similar to what happened with the Derena storyline, a couple that some people wanted to see get back together, but I think most of us agree that Serena's "I love you" to Dan came out of nowhere.

And I also agree that most people who are invested on this show tend to take sides as if it was a (virtual) war. TV shows' storylines cannot and will never make everybody happy.

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@kittyminkyy and @Anna

Serena did sleep with Nate while he was dating Blair, but it's not as if Blair had simply got over that. In fact, she was angry with Serena for some time before finally forgiving her... Serena will probably forgive B, but until then, she's got the right to be mad at her. True, Dan & S aren't together, so it's not as if B was stealing her boyfriend. But if I told my BFF that I'm in love with some guy, and she went on to kiss him regardless, I would be pissed, at least at first.

I felt that it was kind of absurd for B to say that she would never do anything to hurt Serena, because moments ago she had kissed the guy who is the love of Serena's life, according to S's words (in spite of the other characters' feelings). So she won't admit her feelings for Dan in order to avoid hurting Serena, but kissing him is okay? As I said before, to me, this has nothing to do with ships, but with B herself.

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And Blair wouldn't risk her mother's money for the (allegedly) love of her life, Chuck, or even to achieve her own happiness, regardless of Chuck, but she would for Dan, whom she doesn't even know she loves -at least consciously-???

Even if it weren't for the dowry, she IS married after all, and wasn't only 2 episodes ago that she wouldn't pursue her true love because of her promise to God? You would think that a person who holds those beliefs in such high regard would have a little more respect for marriage... she seems to have completely forgotten about the vow she made to Louis.

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Just to clarify my position (in order to avoid entering the "ship war" -is that the correct term?), I like Chair (and Derena) better than Dair, and I would like Chair to be endgame, but I don't HATE Dair, I think they have a lot in common, a lot of chemistry, and I've always liked their friendship. So my opinion on Blair's poor attitude has to do with no one but herself.

@KC

I agree with you! Serena has a right to be pissed, especially since Blair was playing cupid for Derena, and she was the one who encouraged S to speak to Dan about her feelings (as you said, regardless of if Serena is delusional or not, which I think she is, at least a little bit... even though I'm all for Derena, the way the writers handled their relationship seems kind of pushed).