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.
What happen to the Dirty Blair account? Seems to have been deleted already. Such a shame, because I was looking forward to some AU, RP, Dair naughtiness.
Awkward and not the least bit organic reference to Dan and Serena once being in love is indeed awkward. Yup, watching the clusterf**k that is Gossip Girl. Please keep your thoughts with me as I carry on.
So not only do I torture myself by playing the Dan and Blair scenes from 4.17 after finding the episode still on my DVR drive today, I come here and discover the most disheartening Dan and Blair spoilers since the season five finale details were leaked. Sometimes I think I just need to formally break-up with Dan and Blair and Gossip Girl, but them I catch glimpses of their glory days and I feel overjoyed and pained all in the same passing. I can’t break from who these characters previously were and what they could have been. It may hurt, but I will always love Dan and Blair - just like all the other pairings that I shipped that came and went without a happy ending. I just wish the writers did these characters, respectively, better justice than what they have. Because at this point I don’t even recognize them.
P.S. These are some of the least progressive female characters I have ever seen in prime-time television and in soap operas. To literally know that Blair believes Dan sleeping with Serena is worse than being traded for the Empire by Chuck is outright disturbing.
* Please excuse my re-use of this photo, but it’s too perfect. Side-Note: Freaks and Geeks was indeed nearly perfect.
"… That’s part of the challenge of TV. But the cast still shows up every day and gives it their all. …"
[Well they do show up everyday.]
"… There’s not a scene that Leighton Meester is not showing up for and crushing. …"
[Is he watching the same show we are? I love Leighton, but the woman, nor the cast as of now, could win more than a television Razzie (if there was such a thing)]
"… Their excitement about the show ending is the same way you felt about college ending: You loved it, it was a blast, it changed your life, and the excitement is about what’s coming next. …"
[All in the past tense man. And Penn pretty much explained to Vulture I believe it was, that he only took the part for the money considering he was near broke at the time. And I’m sure it was a blast working together (the cast and crew) and all that comes with that. But take a good long, hard, look at their interviews and performances as of late. Love is not a word I would use to describe their feelings.]
Blair is the worst. I’d like to add more. Maybe write some well intention essay, but this just sums it up so nicely. It’s like I’m watching that Blair from 4.16 I believe it is when she’s going on about thinking that if she had excelled at W she would have been closer to getting back with Chuck. Except this time she doesn’t open up to Dan about it, she doesn’t have any moment of clarity. And she frets about her future with Chuck hinging on how she succeeds with her mother’s company every single episode, like she has zero faith in herself or her relationship Chuck. I’d like to think that even some Chuck and Blair fans don’t want this bull. I’m just about ready to fast-forward through all her scenes when I finally get around to the latest episode.
So basically Dan is playing her (rather transparently I might add) and Blair is too dense to pick up on it. So much for the intuitive Blair Dan once knew.
Just watched the preview clip of Dan and Blair. Are we to assume Dan is lying? That’s the impression I’m getting. Anyone else with thoughts?
CHUCK: Well, my hands may be momentarily tied when it comes to my mission against my father. Task me Blair.
BLAIR: I can’t. Tasks are for minions or Dan Humphrey.
What!?! - Dan run. Run and never look back! Run because the woman you loved and cared for all during her perils sees you as nothing more than a errand boy. I should be shocked that the writer’s have regressed Blair to such a degree and have reduced Dan and Blair’s relationship to this, but I’m not.
I can’t say that I am shedding tears over Gossip Girl’s end. But I will say that I have spent over five years watching the show, and a smaller portion of that time 100% engrossed in the Dair fandom. I regret trusting the writer’s. I regret believing that a man behind The O.C. wouldn’t allow for such a disgraceful couple to be totted as a root-able romance. But I don’t regret being a part of the overall Gossip Girl fandom. Nor do I not cherish the memories I’ve had of the show, as much as the people I’ve shared them with.
And that day when I first watched Bad News Blair I assuredly don’t regret making the choice to ship Dan and Blair as a viable couple. I do however wish I had a crystal-ball to look into Chuck and Blair’s darkest futures because there was once a moment when I believed they could have actually been epic.
But all this said, it was a part of my television life. It taught me valuable lessons in shipping. It warned me never to watch a new project that Stephanie Savage and Josh Shwartz have creative control over ever again. But it gave me one of my best-loved ships and a lot of warm memories.
Here’s to the end!
Caitlin: Is it sad that I still hope Dan and Blair will get back together on Gossip Girl?
Unfortunately yes, it is a bit sad as a little bird tells us that the duo formerly known as Dair will barely be interacting in the first half of the season. That romance is officially dunzo. For real.
Hey, Eonline! Per chance is this the same bird who told you that Dan and Serena would not be sleeping together in the season five finale? You know; just wondering. And FYI! They do interact multiple times in 6.05 - you know, which is in the first half of the season. Idiots - the whole lot of them!
I think what is bothering me in this sea of spoilers, is the laziness of it all. To have nearly all of your early established pairings married off in the finale shows more than mere pandering but a complete lack of ideas. There’s little realism to the characters and a lack of true growth. It’s easy for the writers - but they [these couples] haven’t had the proper back-story, beyond the earliest seasons, to sustain these couples getting married. It hasn’t been earned. I know the season hasn’t finished. That’s a fair statement. But I’m uncertain how all the story that fell between the then and the now could be worked out in such a way this season that would warrant either of this couples to actually wed, ever! That is I can’t think of a way that would rectify the past without ignoring it.