'Gossip Girl' Spoilers: Dair to Dream
September 21, 2011
Gossip Girl ended season four with more questions than an LSAT prep manual -- Is Serena California material? What happened with Dan's manuscript? Will Chuck contract herpes? Can Nate get a storyline this season? Which member of the Waldorf penthouse is with child? Well, I'm freshly back from a screening of the season five premiere, and happy to report that all of these questions get answered.
And while I'm sworn to secrecy about which Gossip girl is expecting, I can confirm that you'll find out during the first episode back, on September 26. As for who the father is, executive producer Joshua Safran swears the paternity identity will be revealed during the first half of the new year. A season that is all about our core kids finally growing up.
And while there were oodles of spoilers about Nate's relationship with Elizabeth Hurley's character and Chuck's new life motto (it involves a lot of "yes!!!!!!"), I couldn't let an opportunity to grill a GG EP about the seemingly cast aside, but totally amazing, pairing of Dan and Blair. On that front, I've got good news and bad news.
The good: Dan's feelings for Blair play a major role in the premiere.
The bad ... well, I'll let Joshua take this one. "The triangle in our minds is sort of Chuck and Louis and Blair," he said this afternoon, following the screening. "Dan's role in it is sort of surprising and I think he will both add to the Chair-shippers and detract for the Chair-shippers, alternately." Then to basically eliminate any confusion, he added, "I don’t know if it’s necessarily romantic with Dan and Blair."
However, that doesn't mean Dan will be short on story this season. In fact, Lonely Boy is fueling one of season five's biggest storylines as the release of his book sends shockwaves through the Upper East Side. "The book impacts everybody from his friends to his family, to his life basically. Everyone [has] a reaction. It's not necessarily the reaction that Dan expects them to have but its also not the reaction they expect to have."
Content-wise, the book is a not-so-thinly-veiled portrait of life as an Upper East Side outsider that Dan has been working on for quite a while. "He’s been writing since he saw [Serena] at a party in ninth grade," Safran says. "He started writing about her from that point forward, so six years."
Sadly, the GG team is so busy cracking episodes they don't have time to actually reproduce Dan's book in its entirety, but they're toying with the idea of putting some excerpts online. So keep those eyes peeled!