We all knew that the series finale wasn't going to be good. The writers knew that those who have remained loyal to the show for the past six years only wanted two things -- their favorite couples together and an answer to the mystery that has plagued us for years: Who is Gossip Girl?
On December 17, The CW's "Gossip Girl" reaches its conclusion, capping off six seasons of metatextual self-awareness, shameless fourth wall breakage and unabashed self-absorption. It will also be the end of a colorful era in TV recapping.
Ultimately, "Gossip Girl's" legacy will be determined by its finale tonight -- will it fizzle out with a whimper, only a shell of its once witty, if frivolous, former self? Or will the long-awaited unmasking of its titular character cement it as the ultimate self-aware series?
I'm not sure whether the nostalgia is getting to me or whether this episode sucked a little less than we've come to expect, but despite "The Revengers" having one of the most ridiculous scenes in "GG" history, I found that I didn't constantly want to gouge my eyes out while watching it. Progress!
It appears that I spoke too soon when dubbing "Portrait of a Lady Alexander" the ickiest episode of "Gossip Girl" to date -- that was before we'd witnessed Ivy trying to screw her way through every father on the Upper East Side.
"Vile" was the perfect catch-up for any viewer who has suffered a blunt force head trauma over the past six years and forgotten everything that's happened up until this point; the characters were all doing their best to remind us about things that happened as recently as last week.
This week's episode wasn't quite as infuriatingly regressive as 602, but it's becoming increasingly difficult to feel much empathy for any of the characters when they're all such manipulative, selfish wastes of oxygen. (I know, welcome to the entire premise of the show.)
"Gone Maybe Gone" succeeded in recapturing some of the sparkle that's been missing. There were knowing winks and sharp one-liners, with all of the characters generally behaving like sane and rational versions of themselves (except for Georgina).