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A wedding! A manhunt! Three surprise couplings! And the show's deepest secret revealed! After six seasons of dramatic twists and turns, Gossip Girl will deliver its closing fireworks in a two-hour, series finale on Monday (on The CW at 8 p.m. ET). Watch the trailer here.
For five years, viewers have heard Kristen Bell narrate this story of privileged socialites on Manhattan's Upper East Side. As "Gossip Girl," a snarky blogger who revels in exposing secrets, she's vowed never to reveal her own identity. While many have guessed at it, the question has gone unanswered…until now. According to exec producer Stephanie Savage, fans will know who she is by the end of the finale.
"When you're thinking about a finale, you go back to the pilot, you think about everybody's series arcs and think what is the premise of the show?" Savage told E!. In this case, 'Who is Gossip Girl?' is a big part of the show. We had a thought in the back of our minds who Gossip Girl was, but we were never sure if we were going to reveal that. Was it something the audience wanted to know, or would they rather not know? We kept it very open. Then last year, we did a lot of storytelling with Gossip Girl and it felt right that this year, she would be revealed."
As for the show's major plotlines, which mostly involve romantic triangles and some genuine love stories, Savage assures viewers there will be closure. "I think I always felt I knew who I wanted to be together," she said. "By the time we were at the end of season five, the writers were all united about how we felt everything should end."
Going into the final episode, Bart Bass has fallen to his death, and the police are searching for his presumed killer, Chuck (Ed Westwick). But it's tough to imagine that Savage would let Chuck end up in jail -- not after all that character development he's gone through. "I feel like Chuck has gone on the biggest journey of any one on the show," Savage told TV Guide. "In the pilot, he's pretty much a pure villain. He's not a character that has a lot of layers. That was something Ed Westwick really brought as an actor," Savage says. "And his chemistry with Leighton Meester (who plays Blair Waldorf) -- when we saw them together on screen and the power of the two of them working together but also being attracted to each other, which really inspired us to grow that character and give him some more layers."
Though the trailer hints that these two will try, and fail, to get married, it seems reasonable to hope for a happy ending here. Hopefully, the same will go for Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) and Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley). "But everything doesn't necessarily have a perfect bow on it," Savage added. "There's always going to be unanswered questions and twists you didn't see coming. The tone of the show is not completely sentimental -- there's a little bit of a bite to it, and I think the finale is going to have that."
For those who've enjoyed this show's dark satire and biting humor, that sounds like the perfect way to wrap things up!
Here's a tease of tonight's episode -- enjoy! Or shall we say, "XOXO."