Gossip Girl closed its doors forever on Monday night with the episode “New York, I Love You” as fans learned the identity of the real Gossip Girl character.
After six seasons of broken marriages, uneasy friendships, and a never-ending parade of the hottest couture fashions, Gossip Girl said goodbye to fans with the big reveal of a snarky blogger’s true identity.
The series finale of Gossip Girl featured a wedding, a surprise death, and the return of Taylor Momsen as Jenny Humphrey and Connor Paolo as Eric Van der Woodsen. But the long-running CW show exposed its biggest secret on Monday night, that Gossip Girl was none other than the character of Dan Humphrey, played by Penn Badgley.
Although the character of Gossip Girl had been voiced by Kristen Bell for six years, Dan finally admitted that he was the driving force behind the blog that created so much drama for our favorite Upper East Siders.
Back in 2006, Gossip Girl was a huge hit and remained one of the premier shows on The CW’s roster. However, the past two seasons saw a huge dip in ratings, especially for the sixth and final season that struggled to pull in even a million viewers for the final ten episodes.
Clearly, fans of the series had lost interest and had moved on from the see-saw friendship between Serena (Blake Lively) and Blair (Leighton Meester) and the other sudsy but tumultuous romantic relationships. Well, except for Chuck and Blair’s “Chair”, which had to happen!
With that in mind, Gossip Girl should have ended its run after season four. The move to L.A. felt like a waste and seemed to only prolong the inevitable.
With so much build up and speculation over GG’s true identity, we had to ask ourselves: was Dan’s reveal worth the wait? No, it wasn’t, especially since Dan was an outsider from the beginning.
Dan took plenty of digs at himself throughout the show but it wasn’t enough. It was his involvement with the blog that afforded access into the super exclusive world of the UES. When he finally got Serena, it was like the high school nerd who landed a date with the head cheerleader.
It wasn’t so much a surprise as it was confirmation of the obvious, which was extremely disappointing. If the reveal occurred in season four, it would have been much more emphatic.
Do you think Dan’s big reveal was worth the wait?