Sheely and Wrather count down the Gossip Girl episodes to the antepenultimate, penultimate, and ultimate, considering what range of series finales would be meaningful, what has changed over the arc of the whole series, and and the meaning of art as an economic and socio-cultural signifier in the world of the show.
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She does have a point.
I’ve found myself noticing “Spectrum” over the course of the series. Partly because the camera likes to hang on it at the close of scenes or draw attention to it when people are going up or down that staircase. Maybe it’s that direct gaze and maybe it’s because I just watched The Great Gatsby a few weeks ago but I feel like the painting almost plays the role of the eyes of Dr. T. J. Eckleburg in Gossip Girl.
Listening to the podcast right now, and I have to throw out a theory. I saw that Kristen Bell is going to be in the finale, but I think she’s a big red herring. I think she’s show up and all the viewers are meant to THINK she’s Gossip Girl. But in the end, it will be someone else. Why? Because they wouldn’t have announced it if she was the special surprise.
I do, however, feel like the show has painted itself into a giant corner with the identity of Gossip Girl. I mean, not even Lost could pull off this big reveal finale, and Lost was really trying. I seriously doubt the Gossip Girl writers have laid the necessary groundwork to make Gossip Girl’s identity feel appropriately revelatory.
I’m rooting hard for Blair’s maid. That’s the only outcome that would satisfy me.