Why The Final Episode Of ‘Gossip Girl’ Missed The Mark
9:31 am, December 18th | by Laura Donovan
Two years ago, “Gossip Girl” guest star Tim Gunn labeled series regular Taylor Momsen, who eventually got pushed out of the series, a “brat” who failed to see what a great privilege it was to work on a popular program:
“[If I could give her advice], I’d say, ‘You know young lady, there are hundreds of thousands of girls who are just as attractive and even smarter than you. Why are you acting like this show is a huge burden on you?’ She was on her phone during every break, I wanted to tell her, ‘If you weren’t on your BlackBerry, you can retain this stuff.’”
Of course, Momsen, who made a 10-second cameo in the final installment of “GG” last night, was far from the only cast member to seemingly take a half-baked approach to the CW drama. I won’t spoil any of the episode’s big revelations or secrets, but I will say that weddings happen and we learn the true identity of Gossip Girl, who has been writing about the Upper East Siders for years on end, much to the chagrin of untouchable “It Girl” Serena van der Woodsen and best friend Blair Waldorf.
Everyone on the program has been smeared by Gossip Girl, who briefly went soft and shut down her website after two of the main characters got into a bad car accident in an earlier season, but once they all learn who the gossip hungry individual really is, they don’t seem to care. Sure their lives have been dictated and affected by this person for years, but they’re over it. Kind of like how much of the cast was so over “Gossip Girl” by the time they had to shoot its final season. Just two months ago, a tired-looking Blake Lively appeared annoyed to be on set for a “GG” episode, but her irritation was anything but surprising to big “GG” fans. In an interview with Bullett magazine earlier this year, she said she was ready to say farewell to the series, which began in 2007:
“I think the best way to describe it is like someone who really enjoyed high school, and is like, I’m a senior and I can’t wait for the next thing! ‘Gossip Girl was so great, but what’s the next challenge in life? Because… six years is a long time.”
By the end, she wasn’t too crazy about her character Serena, who hits the lowest of lows at the end of season five by filming herself seducing an old boyfriend who happened to be dating her best buddy Blair at the time, “As an actor who plays a caricature of myself on the show, I don’t think I’d say, watch ‘Gossip Girl’ for my best quality of work.”
Ouch. Lively wasn’t the only “GG” performer to diss the program, which they all seem to treat like a former flame who just won’t go away. They’re all beyond ready to move on whether their careers will continue to thrive or tank after “GG,” and it shows. As Chace Crawford described the overall set mentality during season six, “It’s just the worst case of senioritis you’ve ever seen.” Main cast member Leighton Meester remained silent on Twitter the night of the premiere, apparently uninterested in reminding her millions of Twitter followers to tune in for the last episode of “GG.” Her costars seemed just as apathetic, or at least too burned out to really care anymore:
The episode itself leaves viewers with many questions: did Lily van der Woodsen and Rufus ever rekindle their romance? Whatever became of ultimate schemer Georgina Sparks or Georgina-in-training spoiled brat Sage? Why does the child of one of the main characters look way older than 5 years old in a five-year flash forward scene? And, without giving anything not totally obvious away, why did Serena take Dan back after everything he put her through? What makes anyone so sure he wouldn’t pen another scathing story about their entire circle in a heartbeat?
We’d have the answers to these questions had the cast and production team not totally called it a day with the last episode (or season, really), but they didn’t bother to give fans detailed explanations, enthusiasm, or realistic closure, so I guess we shouldn’t care either.