I think it's incredibly clever to have Serena pitted against Sage - bitter it-girl with absentee parent ... turnbout's fair play, S! (BTW, Wonder if Taylor Swift and her little Kennedy high school sweetheart inspired the Nage storyline?) I was such a huge fan for so long, but Blair for some reason is still a ridiculous caricature of herself, so if this episode didn't mark the turning point for her to become a normal, functioning, non-scheming adult I don't know if I can get invested enough in the rest of the season to enjoy the end of the series :( I just want to see her become the self-possessed, successful businesswoman she ought to be. Ugh! That said, I LOVE Bart... There's a dynamic to the original full cast that is just magic, and this episode gave me a glimmer of hope that we'll see this go out on a high note after all. IF they straighten Blair out.
It's extremely common for first pregnancies to end in miscarriage, so that wouldn't just be a convenient way out for Blair. The assumption is that the baby is Chuck's because of their fling - but birth control can fail easily, and it wouldn't necessarily mean it was Chuck's... I like Louis - he's a good man, and he accepts Blair, and they are growing as people being together. I just hope they don't turn him into a jerk somehow... if anything, my first thought was that she and Louis marry, but he is killed somehow, making Blair single and free again to be with Chuck. Chuck and Blair have to grow up before the writers will put them together at the end of the show, and Blair being a working princess would do that for her - and give her the power and sense of purpose she's been lacking and wanting. She'd come into the relationship with Chuck as an equal at that point. So I'm thinking a miscarriage right before the wedding, the wedding goes forward, Louis's death being the first half season cliffhanger.
The way I see it, the writers have to start each season assuming it will be the show's last, so they have to leave all the characters into a situation by the last episode where they can either fulfill fan's dreams and put Blair and Chuck and Dan and Serena together if the show isn't renewed, or have a viable way to keep them apart another season if it is. That's incredibly difficult!
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