Gossip Girl Series Finale: EP Stephanie Savage Answers All Your Burning Questions!

Gossip Girl Series Finale Chuck HenryGot questions about Monday’s twisty, super-fun, cameo-packed Gossip Girl series finale? Well, we’ve got answers — straight from exec producer Stephanie Savage herself.

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TVLINE | When did you decide that Dan would be Gossip Girl? 
I don’t think we ever had another choice in our mind. It was always just a question of were we going to reveal it or not to reveal it. It was unclear if knowing Gossip Girl’s identity was something fans would want. Maybe it was more fun for everyone to not know who Gossip Girl was and be able to speculate and come up with your own ideas.

TVLINE  | It’s no surprise that fans are now combing through six years of episodes looking for inconsistencies — like scenes where Dan was alone reading Gossip Girl’s blasts and looking surprised. How do you account for that stuff?
We didn’t want to lean in too heavily to that idea. It was nothing that we talked to the actors about. It was nothing that we wanted to be part of Penn Badgely’s performance as Dan. Or something that we wanted viewers to be actively thinking about. We were hoping to have a nice long run and we didn’t want people to be preoccupied by the question of, “Who is Gossip Girl?” So we held reins loosely and didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that one of our main characters might actually be Gossip Girl.

TVLINE | Are you then sort of asking viewers to take a leap of faith with you on this, acknowledging that all of the pieces to the puzzle might not fit?
Um… no. [Laughs] I don’t think I’m asking that.

TVLINE | Nate ended up single — why?
Well, he’s single for now. The Nate story we wanted to tell was that Dan allowed him to break the Gossip Girl story, which helped jumpstart The Spectator. And to see Nate at a place in the future where he was successful and focused on work. He didn’t have any crazy partners or distracting girlfriends. We’re seeing him come into his own as a young man and a real player in the New York scene.

TVLINE | What was the significance of Chuck and Blair naming their child Henry?
That was what Chuck renamed himself when he was shot.

TVLINE | Why was it important for you to show that Chuck and Blair had become parents?
It seemed like the ultimate coming together of their union and their future. And wanting to see that Chuck and Blair could both be good parents… See the joy that that little boy brings to his grandparents. And you got to see a little mini-Chuck in a bowtie.

TVLINE | Did you ever consider putting Dan and Blair together in the future? 
Um… nope! [Laughs]

TVLINE | So it was always going to be Chuck and Blair? 
I don’t know about always, but certainly by the end of last season when we were writing our Season 5 finale. We had a sense of what the endgame of the characters were going to be. We knew what we were writing to in Season 6.

TVLINE | A lot of people were surprised that Rufus and Lily didn’t reunite. Talk to me about that decision. 
Obviously, Rufus and Lily together complicates the Serena and Dan dynamic. But more importantly, we felt that Rufus and Lily gave it a real college try. But after CeCe died, it was just too hard for Lily to meet Rufus in the middle. She tried to make it work with Bart Bass, and he was a little bit — or a lot — too dark. And psychotic. Dr. Van der Woodsen kind of split the difference. He’s going to let Lily drink all the gin in her teacup that she wants and not really question any of her choices like Rufus might. He’s the father of her children. So that felt like a fun, slightly twisted way to end out Lily’s romantic story. And I think it was very important that we saw that Rufus and Lily still have a very strong and loving connection with each other. And they’ll always be bonded by the relationship between their children.

TVLINE | The Lisa Loeb cameo was a fun surprise — how did that come about?
[Laughs] We didn’t want Rufus to be alone! And he has been spending a lot of time recently with Lisa Loeb. He really enjoyed his hormone-free Thanksgiving concert that he went to. And so that just felt like a nice way to give him someone who was from his world. At the end of the day, Rufus is probably most true to who he was of all the characters.

TVLINE | The Kristen Bell/Rachel Bilson sequence — how did the idea come about for that? They didn’t merely check their phones — they performed a whole comedic bit.
Once we felt certain that we could do Rachel and Kristen together, it seemed like you wanted to build more for them than just having them look at their phones. If you’re going to have those two ladies together in a scene then we wanted to have fun and play to their strengths. So Josh Schwartz and I came up with the whole idea… Having Kristen on the show was very, very special. To be able to have her onscreen for the finale was great. And to have Rachel do it with her was just the icing on the cake.

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432 Comments
  1. mj0257 says:

    Who in the world is Chuck’s mom? We never found that out and it’s bugging me. Where is she?

  2. Roni says:

    The very very end was genious. There’s always going to be that one outsider who wants to come inside… and Ivy league, I’m really impressed.

  3. Ian says:

    OMG breathe u freaks its just a tv show!! Why r u all getting so hyper? Chill out! Just enjoy the show, n move on!

  4. Ian says:

    Chair, dair, derena lol chill people.. I’m sure leighton ed penn and blake aren’t even 1/10th bothered as u all are..

  5. Just me says:

    Dair fans lolling at your ridiculous behaviour. Chair fans congrats. Canon is set. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

    • Dana Fansler says:

      Come Chair shippers it was obvious that Blair sent in those terrible blasts about Chuck and Chuck did say you’re mine and injured her plus Blair did almost kill him. And plus Chuck isn’t even her soulmate Dan is

  6. Gareth says:

    Penelope should have been Gossip Girl

  7. jhea says:

    The explanation and answers of Stephanie Savage was so right for me. I really understand her. It’s just for me, the season 6 was rushed. I really felt that I want more, and it’s not enough, it’s the perfect ending, but i hoped that they put more episodes and other twist and etc before the finale. but in general, i love Gossip Girl. Maybe after years, i’m excited to see who will be the next Gossip Girl. XOXO

  8. Adriana says:

    In the show, Sage is Steven’s daughter. Her full name is Natasha, right? But before the season premiered, it said Natasha was Steven’s sister, and was going to be played by model Zoe Aggeliki. But Sage was played by Sofia Black D’Elia. Zoe Aggeliki was NOT in any of the episodes, and Sage is clearly Steven’s DAUGHTER. I’m so confused, why did they say they casted Zoe Aggeliki if they actually didn’t?

  9. Starr Rivers says:

    Serena has done some inexcusable things in the past, being alright with Dan being Gossip Girl is growth for her, growth for all of them. I mean, they always saw Gossip Girl as the enemy, writing horrible things about them when most of the time those horrible things…were true. Serena and the whole gang brought the blasts upon themselves lots of times, sending tips into GG herself(oops)–HIMSELF–about their own friends. The line ‘I wasn’t born into this world…maybe I could write myself into it.” was complete genius. Dan being GG was the right thing to do. And it’s as simple as this: There’s no one for Serena like Dan and no one for Dan like Serena. Same for Chuck and Blair. There just ISN’T. It’s law!

  10. Dana Fansler says:

    Gossip Girl was Blair and Dorota.

  11. CHAIRIsENDGAME says:

    CHAIR=DESTINY=ENDGAME….As it was ALWAYS meant-to-be!!! Chuck&Blair were ALWAYS the plan–TPTB only stated it a MILLION times over the series run!!! GG endgame was set in stone long ago & ended EXACTLY as it was meant to. FACE FACTS, ACCEPT, & MOVE ON…It’s BEYOND pathetic at this point!!

    • Dana Fansler says:

      They wrote those 2 as the endgame at the end of Season 5 so that they were not always the endgame plus even the producers and writers said they won’t last forever so take that you stupid Chair shippers.

  12. CHAIRYTALE 4 LIFE says:

    CHAIR=DESTINY=ENDGAME…It was KISMET!!! Loved the finale & Chuck-Blair-Henry Waldass Family=PURE PERFECTION!!!

    Dan as GG was obvious from Season 1–People acting “shocked/outraged” over it obviously did NOT watch the entire series. Dan was ALWAYS the outsider & GG was his way into the UES. Simple Logic!

  13. Dana Fansler says:

    But how do explain the S and Lonely boy comment in GG blast in the last episode of Season 3 since the only two people called them that were Blair&Dorota plus Serena picture saying she was back was already on GG when he saw her at the train station so he didn’t have time to post it.

    • Dana Fansler says:

      I will take any real pure and simple love over the crazy love any day even all the actors and actress on the show wanted Dan and Blair as endgame not the writers or producers.

  14. steph says:

    Dair was like the only couple on the show with substance. Yes I am still very bitter about their breakup. Chuck was such an abusive character to everyone and I just don’t understand how they could have thought he would have been a good husband for Blair. It also pisses me off that the show pretty much started like it began Chair and Derena. There was character development and then it was just ruined.

  15. Secret says:

    What about ivy? what happened to her?
    And Georgina.. why was she by Jack Bass’s side with her arm around him what happened to her and peter? Will there eventually be another series?

  16. Aneety says:

    Dan and Blair were BORING. Its a show. Not a orientation video teaching young adults about what love should be.

  17. ginia1110 says:

    I dont get why other shippers should bad mouth Dair. As all Dair shippers said, there are various reasons why Dair should be endgame. Those reasons, from a regular woman like me who is in a mature relationship, also understands why the Dair plot became a pair that was supported by a lot GG viewers.

    First of all, most GG viewers were supporters of either Chuck or Blair. And because they were HOT item since season 1, this couple survive because of that chemistry.

    I mean, gosh, Chuck was really Effing Hot before when he was being manipulative, and Blair is so lively when she is playing around with Chuck, and their schemes were always epic. I thought Chair bonded through their misdeeds, no matter how horrifying that sounds to anyone here. Hahaha. And so, Serena and Dan only became secondary characters to me.

    But when Dair happen, its just… BOOM! Their storyline brought a new outlook to the whole show with regards to relationships, and how it should be.

    I mean, don’t you see it guys? Dair happen just at that Exact Moment when everything was so bloody WRONG, and Blair needed someone who can guide her to make things right. For me, really, it was like a breath of fresh air.

    I love Blair so much as a character, but Ive always, ALWAYS, wished for her to be her own person, someone who’s no longer jealous of Serena, and instead, she’ll work on her strengths, since she is an intelligent, perceptive, hardworking woman, and make amends to those people who cares for her (like her mother and her step dad).

    From all of Blair’s previous relationship, nobody has been able to open her eyes on her real worth, nor make her realize what she needs the most, and RE-EVALUATE things in her life.

    ==== I mostly fell for Dair because of how Dan showed Blair how to pick herself up, not through schemes or wrong deeds, but by being a good person who uses her own strength, and not by pulling people downwards so she can be on top. ===

    There was no rush at all about them getting together by the way. despite their difference in principles and status in life, Dair slowly gravitated from being total strangers, to harmless enemies, to reluctant friends then best-friends (as Blair often refer to Dan later on). That was in a span of 5 years, so you see the growth in their relationship?

    I’m just wondering who wrote the Dair storyline, since that person is clearly crafty with creating romance that is so honest and beautiful. I totally did not see Dair happening during s1-s3.

    Was that person kicked out of the show when S6 started though? coz that was when the story started really getting MESSY, MORE CREEPY, AND CRAPPY, because of the plot holes.

    I mean, if you are a viewer who’s been following a show for 6 years, how can you seriously ignore plot holes when it is so apparent?

    And since this show is called Gossip Girl, if they are going to reveal who GG was, then it shouldn’t have been presented in such a SLIPSHOD way that even an adult would shake her head because of how it was so unreasonable.

    I am a Huge fan of Chair before, they were the characters I worship on the show, the only reason why i watch GG. But i started liking Dair on season 3 when Dan interacted with Blair on his own, and not because Serena was there. I eventually ship Dair in s4. I tried to fight changing lanes, coz I usually support a pair until the end, but Dan being who he is, was so different with Blair. The fact that he is helping her become that person Ive always wanted her to be was hard to resist. And chuck being an asshole, totally destructive person by that time, also helped a lot.

    Dan being with Blair, was both productive to them. not only did blair grow, but also Dan. I can see that Dan became more mature, and different from his former self when he was besotted with Serena.

    Dan and Blair was a calmer, definitely stable relationship, although they still fight (because as we all know, they’re still people from opposite ends of a ruler), but it was more like flirtatious fights than trying to harm each other. Dair argues a lot, but they get to know more of each other, and learn which area of their partners do they need to tread with care, or which part do they need support, and thus they develop respect for each other. which is the way most relationships becomes more real, grounded, and thrive forever.

    Unlike chair, where their fights just escalates to a degree where they not only lost who they are as a person, but also, they lost sight of each other, like becoming strangers again. How often was Blair hurt and confuse because of Chuck, and how often was chuck so callous then suspicious of Blair’s affections for him?

    MY other argument also is that Chair showed no logical progression when they reunited again. Their scenes together was being treated by the writers as implication that they made up, but those important issues in the past were left unresolved, and not discussed.

    If chair really was a better relationship than Dair, then they should have presented it in that way, instead we get a half ass storyline about how Chuck killed his father and getting away with it, and my precious Blair, resorting to her previous schemes once again. They also just jump to a wedding ceremony as if getting married will ever resolve everything… *sighs* That move was clearly just to appease the fandom and it didn’t happen because it was the natural progression of the story.

    Also, there was no interaction at all between Chuck and Blair that was nearly as heartfelt, mesmerizing, soul searing and beautiful as Dan’s words on the met’s steps with Blair, or that couch scene where Dan and Blair shared so much, and Dan promising that he will always be on Blair’s side, even if no else is there.

    I have never seen Blair so forthcoming with her fears, even with Serena. Blair always had a bit of reservation because she didn’t want to reveal all her weaknesses to her, but with Dan, it was really different. Also, for Dan to say that and actually following through with his words, says a lot.

    Season 6 felt like a propaganda to discredit Dan’s good character since s1, feed us with childish reasons why Blair and Chuck should be together, and basically just rush the whole series and feed useless air to unsuspecting viewers. *sigh*

    Also, there were a lot of circumstances wherein Gossip Girl was releasing a blast that just happen a few minutes ago, while Dan was at another place, which makes it humanly impossible for him to be at that location, unless GG was a time travel show or Dan has an undisclosed twin brother….*sigh*

    It is also important to note that most of Dair shippers had been a shipper of Chair in the past. That just shows how dysfunctional Chair had become through the years, and why a lot of Chair fans gravitated towards Dair at the end.

  18. Mouree says:

    Why did you ultimately decide to reveal gossip girl as Dan? Why couldn’t it have been Dorota?

  19. Mindy says:

    I think it’s weird that they get married, because they share a brother lol

  20. Lily says:

    Is there any possible way there can be a season 7 or 8? Showing what happened between that 5 year fast forward, and it would be the awesome to show chuck & Blair’s relationship when she found out she was pregnant & during.

  21. Kelsey says:

    I really wish they had put Serena and Nate together, it really made me sad that they didn’t.

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