Gossip Girl Season Finale: Who Did Blair Choose? What Schemes Were Exposed? What Will Happen Over the Summer?
The Gossip Girl season finale aired this week and quite a few relationships were devastated by the turn of events. Blair made her choice, Serena got into some trouble, and even Lola started a few schemes of her own.
Serena vs. Blair: The theft of Serena's computer in the previous episode led to Gossip Girl continuously releasing pages from Blair's diaries in the finale. Blair immediately attempted damage control, not only trying to keep the pages from Dan, but also from any restaurants/designers/friends that she had offended in her diaries. But when the pages kept getting released, Blair focused all of her rage on Serena, blaming her for the mess. She released one of Serena's secrets, causing her to lose a summer job with director David O. Russell. Once again, the two BFFs were at odd. Blair ordered Serena out of her life and Serena set up a scheme to get the ultimate revenge against Blair.
Blair-Chuck-Dan Triangle: Blair's diaries revealed that she clearly still loved Chuck, despite her insistence to the contrary, but it was a heart-to-heart with her mother that made her realize which man she wanted to be with: Chuck.
Lily-Bart-Rufus Triangle: Bart's return meant that Lily was essentially married to both him and Rufus. She met with Bart, who insisted that he would let her choose which man she wanted to stay married to. But Rufus wasn't so generous. He conned Bart into signing annulment papers. When Lily found out, she was furious. A week later, she and Rufus decided to end their relationship, leaving her free to spend the summer with Bart in the Hamptons.
Bart's Betrayal: Chuck held a press conference to announce the return of his father to Bass Industries. But Bart used the conference as an opportunity to re-take the company, announcing that he would be the only person to lead Bass Industries. Furious, Chuck confronted his father, who told him that he wasn't serious enough to run the company. According to Bart, Chuck had spent far too long neglecting the company in favor of trying to win Blair's affections. A week later, Chuck set off to reunite with Jack, who had also been frozen out when Bart made his announcement.
Serena's Revenge Brings Us Back to the Pilot: In the pilot, Serena slept with Nate at a party, devastating Blair and causing the girls to have a huge falling out. After Blair threw her out of the Waldorf apartment in the finale, she convinced Penelope to delay Blair from arriving at a party and reuniting with Dan. At the party, she manipulated Dan into sleeping with her and taped the whole thing. When Dan discovered her subterfuge, he was furious, but she insisted that she still loved him. Despite her protests, he told her that they would never be together again. Once again, Serena left town. Will she disappear like she did before Gossip Girl began?
Is This the End of Chuck and Blair? Despite Blair having chosen Chuck, the news came at an inopportune time. Having been lectured by Bart, Chuck realized that he had lost so much in his attempts to be with Blair. She told him that the two of them could become business partners together, but he said that he needed to go off and find his own identity.
Lola and Charlie: William finally turned over Carol's portion of CeCe's estate to Lola, who wanted to use it to help defend her mother. But when she discovered that Lily was attempting to sabotage Carol's defense, she decided to sign her fortune over to Charlie, provided that she would use it to take Lily down.
Blair's Future: Eleanor had a surprise for her daughter: she was giving her control of Waldorf Designs. When Blair's relationships both fizzled out, she headed to Paris with her mother for the summer. As it turns out, Jack and Chuck had also headed to Paris and Jack decided to play matchmaker by calling Blair and inviting her to the casino where he and Chuck were trying to earn some money. Blair came, vowing that she would fight for Chuck this time.
Team Scandal: Dan headed off to Italy for the summer to write his new book with a little help from Georgina, who was going to prove invaluable in writing his big expose of the Upper East Side.
That's it for season 5 of Gossip Girl! The show will be returning next season for a shortened season (perhaps the final season?).
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