I should have probably answered this a long time ago
I think i’ve stated before that i am in fact disappointed with how little and banal the mere Serena and Blair interactions in the finale we had were. i expected more. And maybe it’s my fault for having expected more, knowing this was gossip girl.
I really liked the finale overall, and i accept it for what is it. Regardless, there’s nothing anybody can do now to change it. The real issue for me, is not that the finale didn’t include enough moments. It’s just that the writers waited until the last minute and tried to cram every moment in the finale and there wasn’t enough air time for all of it to play out.
They went into the final season knowing they only had ten episodes and they choose to waste those episodes on stupid plot lines. the whole Serena/Stephen thing was such a waste of time because it was could have ended in episode 2 and the whole drawing out the sex tape and keeping Serena and Blair apart for all those episodes because they thought it was going to draw some big omg moment. It was frankly quite stupid. And i am happy with the capitulation of Blair and Chuck’s sls in the finale but it wasn’t because i was a fan of how they were handled in the final season altogether. There was a good amount of potential for remedy after the end of s5. I just wanted the writers to take advantage of that because we rooted for CB two years while they were apart and we just wanted some rewarding moments. Blair seducing Chuck was definitely a win. The airport moment was definitely a win. So i’m not outraged. They did give us some moments. I loved the Thanksgiving episode and how Blair and Nate allied to pull Chuck out of his funk over his father. i liked several things. I guess i wanted more. Yes, i guess as a loyal fan, i did feel entitled to more after putting up with thee heartache for 6 years.
But going back to Blerena. I’m mostly upset because we were told the season was going to be about them. The season was not about them at all. Blair and Dorota had more screen time than they did. I didn’t want them to get to that place at the end of s5. However, i accepted it because i figured we’d get a couple emotional moments out of it in s6.
I think what the problem with Blerena categorically is that Dan became too important to the plot. He was major in s5 and s6. I think that as long as Dan was that relevant to the central plot, Blerena would not get the attention it deserves for the sake of Blerena but rather for Dan. Even their last conversation had ended up being about Dan and not truly about their friendship like i wanted. And it’s not even because Dan is that important to the dynamic of their relationship. Blair has no affection for him so in that case Dan is not a conflict but rather a topic. And at first i felt like it was because it was something they needed to talk about to really be friends again because somehow when Dan came into the equation they had both crossed the line. But i also realized this was probably the only season since s1 that Serena and Blair’s friendship was actually about Serena more than it was about Blair. And that’s why Dan was so important bc the POV was supposed to be Serena. And that’s why Blair was also brought up in Serena and Dan’s relationship bc the POV was also about Serena more than it was about Dan. in the case of both these relationships, Serena had both the deciding option and ultimately it was her ~choice.
However, i hate that we couldn’t focus on less on Dan’s relevance to the plot line because he truly wasn’t that relevant if the writers didn’t want to make him out to be. but alas! the writers love writing about Dan and i guess their point was to write him into the core of the core of the story of the series. And that core would be Blerena and they had achieved that by having him date the both of them, the Queen Bee and the It- Girl, and also have him have power over them at extremely vulnerable times of them lives. Something no other guy has ever been able to do or even attempted because they’re not as douchey or maniacal as Dan. So Dan had successfully infiltrated the inside circle of the UES to its core. And the dramatic irony was supposed to be that he was still considered an outsider in spite of that. That was the point of the last Blerena conversation. How Dan would never be one of them because he grew up in a different milieu and just didn’t belong~. Dan was more than just ‘one of them’. Dan was the puppeteer.
I wonder if the writers thought it through however this being the last Blerena conversation ever, the most important dynamic of the show. Wow, this is Serena and Blair’s last coversation ever, let me make it about Dan. At this point Blair had already expressed her disapproval towards Dan, i don’t think it needed to be reiterated. I know it was supposed to be an inciting incident to propel Dan to reveal his identity but they could have made the conversation about way more than that. They could have shared one more ILY.
I think that episode 7-9 was better than what they shared in the finale. And i actually liked Blair chasing after Serena in 6x09 and telling her not to go. It reminded me of 4x01 after their double date when Blair imploded. But she said. ” I don’t care about about dating a prince. i don’t care about dating anyone. i just care about you.”
And it was so touching and heartfelt and i believed her. I honestly never felt like Blair apologized to Serena before. I know she meant well but i didn’t think she ever did express her apology properly. But when she told Serena not to run away, i believed her. And when she offered Serena to come eat pie with her or joked about scratching her eyes off if she ever dated Chuck, I thought it hypocritical maybe, but i appreciate the restoration of their camaraderie. And from that point on, i knew they would be fine. I was ready to accept whatever came next.
And i guess the final bid was that Blair was throwing Serena’s wedding at her house. And it seemed like Blair was very involved in the preparations. So the final moment in a way was about Blerena though not directly implied. I hated that it was Derena ending because it ruined the moment for me. They should have just surprised us with Carter or something. I would have fucking cried. Everyone would have thought it Dan because he looked like a groom but then Carter would have shown up and Dan would have grabbed a seat next to Jenny and Serena would have come down the stairs smiling. And BOOM
Do i think anyone of the cast has a chance at a successful career after GG?
Yes i do.
Does that indicate what will actually happen?
unfortunately, it doesn’t.
However, in my belief, all of the cast has great potential to succeed after gossip girl and i would love that to happen for them.
To me, i think they have made a lot of necessary ventures outside of gossip girl in their careers already which already shows that they want to pursue acting beyond the show. I think i would be surprised if most of them didn’t make it. I think they have enough exposure now to be taken seriously by Hollywood. Especially the girls. They have been in the spotlight more. They have numerous magazine covers per year. numerous endorsements, I think that is indicative of the level of buzz about them, not just as fashion icons but also as starlets.
As far as roles, I don’t think we’ve seen them have a lot of options but we don’t know the reason why. I think perhaps they’ve had to sacrifice great projects in the past due to their schedule on gossip girl. I think so for the boys too. I think a lot of them being excited for the end of gossip girl had to do with how much opportunity had to be passed to stay on the show, which is not as much rewarding work for them as opposed to those projects. Although they have to credit gossip girl for establishing them in the first place. However, i think we’ll see them in more projects now because they do have more freedom to choose. And i don’t think the shortage had to do with lack of talent on their parts but rather timing. And the ones who have moved back to LA i think are on the right track to furthering their careers.
As for the boys, the same. They may not have the buzz that the girls have but they do have their own hardcore fan bases and i think there’s more pressure on the girls anyway because of the ageism in hollywood. They won’t be able to get some roles after a certain age whereas for boys it gets better with age. i think all of the boys are talented. I think the steps that they have taken outside of gossip girl have been right for them. Chace and Penn have done some indies and Chace even had a commercial movie recently, What To Expect When You’re Expecting. I think Chace has the advantage of doing both. I think Indie is good for Penn. Because of Ed’s fanbase and talent i think he should and can do commercial and indie films. With Romeo and Juliet coming out next year i think he’s already on the right path.
I don’t necessarily think any of the cast will become superstars and Hollywood heavy weights but can they be successful. Yes. I can see some of them at the Oscars and at the Emmys as nominees. And i can see Blake making blockbusters. However i wouldn’t like her to be typecasted as that because she’s actually very talented so i want her to make serious movies too. And i think she has a high chance of succeeding at it. She is so famous. I’ve met people who know her and love her but had no idea she is on gossip girl or what gossip girl even is. Her fanbase is universal. Whereas for the rest of the cast, most people probably know them from gossip girl, however i think their fanbases are more dedicated and hardcore. Leighton has that and Blake doesn’t to that extent.
I don’t think anyone of them is necessarily typecasted so i think it won’t hurt them. Gossip Girl was never the ordinary teen drama so the cast was always more highly esteemed than on other teen dramas. And at its prime, when serious publications used to write about the show, they considered gossip girl a really good show and not just by teen drama standards. The cast was always highly acclaimed for their talent and hyped for their good looks. I don’t think gossip girl was ever like any regular teen show, and even now that it sucks it’s still not a typical teen show. It’s just still an adult teen show that took the highway into soap territory.
I can estimate what will happen but yes i do believe that all of the cast has the potential to succeed after gossip girl and i believe that some of them are headed right into it.
if Blake doesn’t detour and take a break for her marriage then i believe she’s on the accelerated path. However all of the cast has substantial amount of exposure to move forward from the show.
i did that just last week and i hate having to pick and choose between the people i love bc i can’t name them all so i’ll just name two.
Chuck and Blair are partners. They’ve always been partners. When Blair was preparing for her Yale interview, she talked to Chuck about it.
When he bought the empire, he did it because she believed in him.
She trusted and wanted him to be a father to her child.
what do you want me to say anon?
i haven’t read the description and i’m not going to read it. Maybe i’ll wait till the episode airs. Ofc one of you would have to come to my ask and make much ado about nothing.
And so what if Blair helps Chuck out. Without Chuck paying her dowry (though selflessly and anonymously) Blair wouldn’t have been able to have Waldorf Designs — because the same person she thoughtlessly risked Waldorf designs to have sex with is the same person who sent the video to gossip girl on her wedding day and started the whole mess. And Chuck is the one who fixed that shit so she could freely and publicly continue to date that person. So what if she gives Chuck a helping hand. He is going to be her husband and they will have a life together of standing by each other. That is what love is. It’s not like Chuck would not be making his own efforts. Chuck is a very hard worker too and he’s succeeded on his own without anyone’s help before.
well i hope i don’t come off that way because I would ever mean to think like that.
I mean Ed Westwick personally does get flack for sporting his signature disheveled look. I mean, there are blogs who dedicate themselves to making fun of him and calling him all kinds of name.
ofc the fandom of people who actually like Ed Westwick outweighs the criticism by leaps but it doesn’t mean the criticism doesn’t exist. They make fun of his tattoos, body hair, teeth, etc.. Same goes for Penn Badgley. There are a lot of people who make fun of him and i’ve personally witnessed it.
And likewise there are people who criticize Leighton for her fashion choices. (btw, i love Leighton’s fashion identity even if don’t agree with all her choices. I get it and some people don’t) it’s daring, it’s expressive. She’s not the conventional Hollywood starlet by any means. To me, she’s always been classy but she’s not prim. She does take risks and sometimes her choices are very cerebral. And there are other times when you can tell she has little thought process for her fashion choices. And there’s nothing wrong with that either.
I think the real issue here is the demographic of the fandom who makes these comments. And judging by my experience in the fandom, the demographic is mainly women.
It’s hard for me to be a judge here because the criticism Leighton gets is not necessarily hateful on all sides. Sometimes these girls look up to her and they want her to be like their fashion idol. I think a lot of them adore Leighton and just want to see her in something pretty so they can go to the mall in try to emulate her looks, because they want to the thier own version of Leighton Meester. I think it’s mostly about their admiration for her. Leighton doesn’t necessarily have that responsibility towards them but i don’t blame the fangirls for wanting to see Leighton in something pretty. I want to see Leighton in something pretty sometimes.
Fashion is an art form that people should judge. Some people will like her look, some people won’t. some people are just haters and that doesn’t only apply to Lei. I think the worst criticisms from girls though are those relating to weight and beauty. And Leighton does get hate on that but it’s not from the women in her fandom for the most part. Actually Blake has it 20x worse and i just feel disheartened to see it coming from other women. However, sometimes it’s an issue of jealousy. Some women, unfortunately cannot be happy for other women’s success or looks.
And i think, regarding the man vs woman argument. It’s also about the personality matching the fashion style. Ed seems like a rugged type and so he fits the look and it’s just an organic thing for him. Whereas Leighton, i know she has a hippie background, but she has matured in her fashion sense over the few seasons of gossip girl. Like she’s on every magazine’s fashion radar. And she relentlessly states in interviews how much she has grown, how much she loves fashion. She sets people up to expect a certain quality of look from her. She became a fashion girl on so many magazine covers. Ed was never known for that. So yes, i do understand why people particularly hold the boys vs the girls of gossip girl to different standards.
i don’t think criticism has to be hateful.
i posted the link in the post here
that’s the only version of the pic available. i’m sure HQs will come out in the near future
and you know what that’s totally okay with me.
I mean, as much as they work on their own it is essential that they work together. Eventually, a partnership in marriage means that you’re going to work together for the rest of your lives.
It’s all cool with me. What my problem is. Okay, if they can do all that with each other, why can’t they be intimate? or even kiss. I mean, they’re already distracting themselves by getting involved in each other’s business. So i’m not really sure why they’re playing that card.
And i loved it last week how Chuck stood in for Blair, helped her. took time for pursuing his issues with Bart to focus on her. I acknowledge that. it’s no problem for me that Blair does the same for him. I actually appreciate Blair standing by his side and even offering to help out in any way she can.
But, the producers preview said that she has no buyers as of yet. That is a crisis level problem. And she is a first timer who can just lose her mother’s entire standing in the fashion industry.
And then she goes on to describe Lady Alexander as ‘pressing’. I already know what the Chuck haters are going to say about that.
idk, i don’t think they should have used that word to describe the status of any of their individual operations because at this point of their relationship, after all me and the other fans have been defending, the writers know better.
I’m not entirely upset about that. Because seriously Chuck literally told her he would give up everything for her, including his empire. Chuck has taken even grander leaps than Blair. Which means that Blair calling a Chuck issue ‘pressing’ is not something i should even be commenting on. But i know how the Chuck haters perceive things and i’m not up to being attacked by all their asks about how Blair is not a powerful woman blah blah blah.
I guess Matt Whitney is why i’m upset because he didn’t have to bluntly say that Blair was putting Waldorf Designs aside. Especially now that’s it’s in crisis. She should be making calls left and right.
I actually don’t know what’s gonna happen in the episode. I mean i’m glad Chuck and Blair are working together. However, i don’t understand why the writers spent three episodes stressing the opposite just to flip back in one episode and i’m not even sure they understand what they’re doing.
if you can find a way to make me not upset about it. pls come console me (x)
idk if i’m being paranoid or something. it’s just the way he describes the sl is not sitting well with me
how can i say no?
it can’t be unread tho