GOSSIP GIRL Season 5 Finale: Stephanie Savage on the Future for Serena/Dan/Blair/Chuck, Bart/Lily/Rufus and More Next Season
May 14, 2012 by Marisa Roffman
[Spoiler Alert: If you haven't seen tonight's episode of GOSSIP GIRL, please stop reading and go watch it. Trust me. You won't want to read this post until after you've viewed the season finale because it will spoil a very important aspect of the hour.]
We all good?
If you’ve finished the GOSSIP GIRL season finale, odds are you have a few questions. Luckily, executive producer Stephanie Savage sat down with a group of reporters to talk about the events of “The Return of the Ring”…
The love quad resolution…
When did the writers know they were ending the season with a potential Chuck and Blair reunion?
“I don’t know that there was a definite point in the season,” Savage said. “I think it was just a question of arcing out that relationship so that it ended in a place where…Blair was a place where she was in it to win it with Chuck.”
So does that means Blair is done for good with Dan?
“I never like to say yay or nay to that kind of question, but we crafted the last act of that episode to send us in a certain direction,” Savage said.
But if you think that means Dan and Serena’s counter-top sex will now be meaningless, think again.
“Well if somebody has a sex tape on their phone and they said they deleted it but you never really saw it was deleted…” Savage teased.
And yes, Serena is really as lost as she seemed at the end of the fifth season.
“Obviously it’s a theme throughout the show to do echoes of previous episodes,” she said. “I think that’s the third time we’ve done the train shot…but having Serena leave town as we saw her come back into town in the pilot was definitely deliberate. Now feeling like she’s lost Blair, she’s lost Dan, she’s all by herself again.”
Speaking of Dan, he really has gone to the dark side by enlisting Georgina to help him. “When you climb in Georgina’s car…” she said cryptically.
What’s next in the search for Gossip Girl?
“That’s definitely something Nate is going to [keep pursuing],” Savage said. “We thought he had pretty good detective skills this year.”
When I questioned Savage whether the writers knew at this point if they would be revealing GG’s identity before the series concluded, she was a bit more hesitant to answer.
“How do I want to answer this?” she asked. “The unmasking of Gossip Girl is something that has larger implications to the franchise, beyond just our series. That reveal requires conversations at the highest level.”
Either way, was she the girl in the video Nate viewed at the end of the episode?
“Nate has a lot of clues to figure out!” was all Savage would say.
One thing Nate may get lucky in next season? Love. While Ella Rae Peck (Lola) will likely not return due to her pilot being picked up, Savage noted that Nate’s love life won’t be neglected.
“That’s going to be one of the series questions,” she said. “I think when we met Nate way back when in the pilot, he was someone who was really questioning what this world held for him, dating Blair and pining for Serena and where was this all going to end. I think that’s something that is a big part of his series arc.”
Where do Bart, Lily, and Rufus go from here?
“I think that’s something that is really exciting for season 6,” Savage laughed. “And how that’s going to shape up and what’s the end game for those characters. Rufus and Lily’s marriage has been relatively stable for a couple of years. And it just recently in the last story arc we did with Lily with her mother dying and the will and Ivy that certain aspects of her personality which we’re all very aware of and that have been with us from the beginning, those started to solidify in a way that made Rufus uncomfortable and made him question what that relationship is really about. And then with him making this gesture of wanting to save the marriage and Lily rejecting him, that’s going to put them all in a really interesting spot.”
Where is the series going in its final year?
“In getting ready for season 6, everybody’s been watching the pilot and talked about what our favorite episodes were,” Savage said. “It’s definitely bittersweet. As a writer, I think your impulse is to move your story forward and bring things to competition, but as a television producer, your job is to make the show last as long as humanly possible. So, those final [episodes], it’ll be really sad and weird when the episodes are over; we’re leaving it all on the floor.”
What else could she tease about the last batch of episodes?
“We’re definitely focusing on our core characters,” she said. “But that gang you see in that final act [of the season 5 finale] will be the main players when we come back.”
But for the big question of the hour — do they know how it’s going to end?
“We know a lot of things,” Savage said cryptically.
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