*Spoiler! If you haven’t watched the finale and don’t want to know who Gossip Girl is yet, don’t read this post!*
When you found out that Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) was Gossip Girl during the series finale “New York, I Love You XOXO,” were you shocked or did you say to yourself, “I knew it the whole time!” Turns out those behind your favorite show had it in their minds from Episode 1!
Co-Creator Stephanie Savage told said “I don’t think we ever had another choice in our mind.” They even had a scene in the pilot that made it look like they revealed it was Dan, but decided to cut it. “Interestingly, in the pilot episode, the test audience thought that Dan was Gossip Girl,” she said. “We actually had to re-edit one of our sequences. It’s when he’s on the computer looking at Gossip Girl, the way it was edited that he was typing as the voice was coming up, people thought that they were being told that he was Gossip Girl. So we actually had to re-edit that sequence.”
Stephanie talked to TV Line’s Michael Ausiello about the character’s ending. Check out some of the highlights below:
TVLINE | Nate ended up single — why?
Well, he’s single for now. The Nate story we wanted to tell was that Dan allowed him to break the Gossip Girl story, which helped jumpstart The Spectator. And to see Nate at a place in the future where he was successful and focused on work. He didn’t have any crazy partners or distracting girlfriends. We’re seeing him come into his own as a young man and a real player in the New York scene.
TVLINE | What was the significance of Chuck and Blair naming their child Henry?
That was what Chuck renamed himself when he was shot.
TVLINE | Did you ever consider putting Dan and Blair together in the future?
Um… nope! [Laughs]
TVLINE | So it was always going to be Chuck and Blair?
I don’t know about always, but certainly by the end of last season when we were writing our Season 5 finale. We had a sense of what the endgame of the characters were going to be. We knew what we were writing to in Season 6.
TVLINE | A lot of people were surprised that Rufus and Lily didn’t reunite. Talk to me about that decision.
Obviously, Rufus and Lily together complicates the Serena and Dan dynamic. But more importantly, we felt that Rufus and Lily gave it a real college try. But after CeCe died, it was just too hard for Lily to meet Rufus in the middle. She tried to make it work with Bart Bass, and he was a little bit — or a lot — too dark. And psychotic. Dr. Van der Woodsen kind of split the difference. He’s going to let Lily drink all the gin in her teacup that she wants and not really question any of her choices like Rufus might. He’s the father of her children. So that felt like a fun, slightly twisted way to end out Lily’s romantic story. And I think it was very important that we saw that Rufus and Lily still have a very strong and loving connection with each other. And they’ll always be bonded by the relationship between their children.