Wild horses couldn’t have kept me from last night’s Gossip Girl season finale, but last night’s episode could have used a few wild horses of its own. Perhaps I’m simply way too used to the duplicity on the Upper East Side, but last night’s episode fell short of the kind of cliffhanger drama I’d come to expect from GG. Sure ‘Charlie’ isn’t really Charlie, but all that proves is that Lily’s sister Carol is as devious as the rest of them, as if anything less was expected. Did anyone else think that Serena sort of just floated around in the finale, like a loose end someone just forgot to tie up? Sure she had her own story line, but I really don’t care, it doesn’t relate to anyone else. Could this signal the makings of a spin-off, (although I’d never watch it) what’s to become of Serena Van der Woodsen?
I suppose the big cliffhanger was that Blair may be pregnant, but who’s to say that the darn thing wasn’t sitting in the trash for so long that it changed to a false positive. The ‘who’s the daddy?’ game may prove interesting for season five if she’s actually pregnant, I mean it could be Louis, Chuck or… (dare I say) Dan. Vanessa proved to be the true snake in grass we always knew she was, but what else can we expect from the true outsider. She’ll be off to Spain and out of the GG circle next season it seems, but what’s to become of ‘Inside,’ Dan’s allegedly brilliant novel (that I’d love to read and wish wasn’t just a part of the story line). Tick. Tick. BOOM! It sounds like Vanessa’s about to muddle up Dan’s life a bit, and his friendships will be called into question for all but one, which I’m guessing is Blair. Maybe Dan always loved Blair, or at least it was her acceptance that he was vying for this entire time. Acceptance he’s definitely earned this season.
Things I Loved About the Finale:
The moment at the alumni party when everyone clamored around Dan to figure out what to do next. He surely commanded their presence as he sent them scurrying off, one by one, oh so diplomatically. Queen B would have been proud.
When Raina Thorpe took down Russell I wasn’t just happy that Blair had been saved from the crazy man attempting to burn her alive. I was impressed by the bravado of the Upper East Side newcomer, Raina Thorpe (Tika Sumpter). I really hope they bring her back next season, without her I’m not sure what the hell to do with Nate, except look at him.
I kind of wish the cameo with Cecily von Ziegesar lasted a little longer than a two second, unimportant intro. I mean, the woman wrote the books that started Gossip Girl, her genius should have been recognized in that moment, perhaps even a hint at another book series or spin off would have been nicely placed in there.
What Chuck and Blair did after he rescued her from the clutches of Russell there were those moments where we were reminded of why we love Chuck and Blair so much. The scene at the Bar Mitzvah was one of those few glimpses of Blair’s childlike innocence that makes you love her even more. Then when Chuck bowed out of the fight for Blair’s heart, realizing how genuine her relationship with Louis is, it reminded me that there is an unselfish beating heart inside Chuck Bass after all.
Nevertheless, although last night’s episode was a little lackluster in the drama department, I look forward to seeing where everyone ends up come September. Here’s to the Lost Summer (and all the trouble it may bring)!