“New York, I Love You XOXO”
The Beard willingly watched this episode with me. By willingly I mean he sat next to me playing Angry Birds Star Wars while I watched.
The last and final episode picks up where we left off…with Bart’s death. Blair and Chuck are able to escape the police madness surrounding Bart’s death but of course Chuck has become a person of interest. He and Blair race off to upstate New York to hide away. They aren’t alone for long as Uncle Jack Bass shows up to save the day. I guess with Bart being for real dead this time, he doesn’t hate on Chuck too much. It’s immediately obvious that Chuck and Blair must marry in order for the secret of Bart’s death to be safe. If Blair is Chuck’s wife, she will not have to speak or testify against him. Instead of a small town courthouse wedding, they head back to the city to have an impromptu Central Park wedding.
Serena never leaves NYC and instead returns to Dan to learn all about his past, present and future love for her. Cue Gossip Girl flashback. You would think it was old footage from the first season – however Penn Badgley agreed to shave his head and return to season 1 young lonely boy for the last episode flashback. Here we learn of the first true moment when Dan entered the world of the Upper East Side. Just as we hear how Dan and Little J had access to the most important gossip at that time, when Gossip Girl began….in walks Georgina Sparks to break up their mini reunion and fill them in on the past 12 hours of events.
Meanwhile Nate and Sage are busy researching who Gossip Girl really is. Lily is meeting with William, who denies his love for Ivy (and further proving he was just using her to get back to Lily). Georgina and Uncle Jack show up to get everyone to the MET for an emergency group meeting.
We learn that Chuck and Blair are back for a quickie wedding and they all have their parts to play. Dan realizes his last chapter needs to be released and he does the right thing by handing it over to Nate. Nate then sends his child-bride wannabe to work typing out the last and final chapter of Dan’s memoirs.
Enter Chuck in his snazzy white suit and blue lapel and bow tie. Here comes Blair in her matching blue Elie Saab Spring 2012 couture gown.
Just as they are about to recite and share their vows, the police show up. In the quickest vows known to man, Chuck and Blair are pronounced man and wife and quickly escorted to the police station. In true Gossip Girl fashion, phone alerts go off….of course it’s Gossip Girl. No! It’s actually The Spectator with Dan’s final chapter on none other … GG’s identity.
We finally found out who was behind the Gossip Girl posts.
You see, all along he knew he was never like everyone else. He wasn’t born into the rich, privileged society. He had to make his mark in his own way… and that was through the spreading of gossip. Since he was the no named underdog, he heard many stories on a daily basis that he would use to start the site. When word got out, it became its own monster as people obsessively submitted information. And what would a great “story” be without a muse – Serena Van Der Woodsen.
Sure he spread nasty information about his sister (which we learn she wanted) and about his love Serena, but he had to tell the truths of what was going on.
In the end, Serena wasn’t too hurt by his secret. She realized it was a love story, one that had never been written until now. And finally, with the GG secret out, Dan is more powerful than anyone, which makes him the prime Grade A husband material for Serena.
Fast Forward 5 years later, where are they now…
Upper East Side townhome of Chuck, Blair and mini Chair nugg Henry.
Lily and William (vom)
Rufus and Lisa Loeb (guess it would be too obvious for him to be remarried again to Lily)
Eleanor and Cyrus – still the same
Little J and Eric (Little J is running J by Waldorf, Eric is Eric)
Nate (private NYSpectator jet and rumors of running for mayor?)
Uncle Jack and Georgina (I assume she’s ditched the Brooklyn husband?)
Lastly Dan….and Serena
Her Georges Chakra Spring 2011 couture dress was slightly underwhelming. I was really expecting something much better. But I’m not going to hate too much.
The series ends with this…
Another fun moment…
Kristen Bell makes a cameo reading the part of “Serena”, practicing lines with Rachel Bilson as “Blair” for the movie version of Dan’s story. Glad they found a way to bring in Kristen Bell and funny to see Rachel Bilson as a cameo, since she of course starred in The O.C., another Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage CW show.