Well, the secret is out, dear readers. After six seasons of speculation, the identity of Gossip Girl has been revealed. Read on if you watched the series finale of Gossip Girl, “New York, I Love You XOXO.” [SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN THE SERIES FINALE OF GOSSIP GIRL, AVERT YOUR EYES NOW!]
Gossip Girl is none other than Lonely Boy, Dan Humphrey. Turns out “the ultimate insider” truly was the ultimate insider! In a shocking turn of events, when Dan was late bringing the flowers to Blair and Chuck’s nuptials, he overheard Blair bashing him, saying that “despite his years of trying” Dan would never be “one of them.” According to Blair, Dan could never overcome his Brooklyn roots, and that Serena could not end up with someone like him. Disgusted that this topic is still conversation after all these years, Dan gives his final chapter to Nate for publishing in The Specatator with the truth about Gossip Girl.
In a flashback, we got to see the first time Dan and Serena first met at a party, and thus Dan was inspired to work his way into the "It" group, no matter what. And Gossip Girl was born...
Remember that time Gossip Girl labeled all the Upper East Siders during high school graduation? Dan’s label was “The Ultimate Insider.” That should have been the biggest clue right there. And at the beginning of this season, when Gossip Girl said that Serena “was dead to me,” Dan had the exact same attitude towards her. Plus, the very first Gossip Girl blast was about Serena, when she made her comeback into the Upper East Side after her year at boarding school way back in the pilot. Dan’s object of affection throughout the years: Serena van der Woodsen. He clearly had no qualms about releasing scandalous (true) stories about his friends (publishing his book, Inside). And as for all those GG blasts about Dan, even when the content was negative, he was gaining fame and notoriety when he had nothing to lose. For Dan, any press was good press.
Gossip Girl’s identity has been the biggest mystery of all, and yet, looking back at the series, it should have been obvious that Lonely Boy was the titular blogger. It could not have been anyone else. Bravo, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, for keeping such a huge secret a secret, when it should have been the most obvious answer.
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