You know you missed her. It’s been two months since Gossip Girl plunging us into waves of betrayal, influential drama, and shocking Instagram posts. But this Thanksgiving, HBO MaxThe teen drama about wealthy Upper Easterners will finally return with three new episodes.
At the end of Gossip Girl Part 1, we failed biggest secrets and spoilers from Episode 6. Now series showrunner Joshua Safran are back to tease what lies ahead. Consider this your scandalous scoop about the next half of Gossip GirI must provide. The main spoilers for Gossip Girl From episode 1 to episode 6.
Decider: First I want to talk about Monet [Savannah Smith]. In episode 5, we see her change her alliance to be with Pippa [Ella Rubin] and Bianca [Katherine Reis]. How will that change her relationship with Julian [Jordan Alexander] and Luna [Zión Moreno] at school?
Joshua Safran: Obviously I don’t want to give away too much, but you haven’t seen Monet’s final work yet. Much more. That said, it doesn’t go exactly where you expect it to be. I think Monet and Luna, until now, really think of Julian first. At some point, they have to start thinking about themselves first. You will see more in the second half of the season.
The way episodic television works is that you can’t have every actor in every episode. The mass regulator, you have to execute the contracts in each level. So, Monet and Luna, you might not see in every episode. When you see them, just know that you’ll learn more about them as we go on.
Speaking of which, there is a huge amount of interest from fans about Luna and Monet possibly becoming a couple. Have you thought about that angle?
Are not. I don’t believe every character should fit every character. They were made to be friends. They were not made to be romantically interested in each other. I’m grateful that the audience enjoyed watching them together. And of course, people can submit any character pair or trio they want. But that was never the plan. Who tells where the story is going? But Season 1 was written, and that’s not something that happened.
I also feel like I’ve never been in love when all the characters are spinning incest. That’s really a longstanding problem with programs. Like, every character connects to every character. So for me, that’s something I never wanted to do. It’s like Max [Thomas Doherty] would never associate with Julian, you know? Or Zoya [Whitney Peak]. That is not a story. Sorry, I should have said under my watch, that’s not going to happen. But someone can come in and decide to do it. I think in real life we never sleep with everyone we know who our friends are. That will cloud a lot. So I have no plans for that this season because the season is already written. As in the future, should they pull themselves together, who knows?
Speaking of relationships, right after episode 1, fans began to question who Max would choose: Audrey [Emily Alyn Lind] or Aki [Evan Mock]? Was the point of their love triangle that there was never really a choice? And are we moving in the possible direction?
I don’t think there is a choice. I didn’t read that fans were asking that, so it was news to me. But this is a story about connected freedom. This is not about Max placing himself between Audrey and Aki. That happened in Episode 2 for a bit, but that time is over. Now, the question is more about what exactly any of them want from each other.
There is another person I need to deal with. At the end of episode 6, Aki’s dad says he shouldn’t see Julian anymore. Can you be more specific about what that means and how it relates to business?
I can’t tell you what it has to do with it. I can tell you what he said was to stay away from Julian. That’s different from don’t talk to Julian. And I can tell you that little piece of news pretty much became the biggest thing that happened throughout the season, and it reverberated through the entire second half of the season masterfully.
So funny. People – I think maybe they caught on later, but it might take a while – but every season of (original) Gossip Girl there’s one last bad thing that’s not Gossip Girl. Apparently, it’s Georgina [Michelle Trachtenberg] at one point… There were last bad things every year where they had to rally their armies and call on everyone to defeat them. And so that little tidbit is the beginning of our big plot.
It’s interesting. I always like when they sometimes have to cooperate with Gossip Girl to reduce the great evil.
Maybe that could come your way. But I don’t want to say.
Speaking of Gossip Girl, the teachers now know that Rafa [Jason Gotay] sleeping with your students, how would that change their behavior? Because they have a really huge piece of gossip that’s complicated on so many different levels.
It definitely plays a huge part when we return. Also, this is the question that teachers start asking themselves, that is, what if they disagree? And if they disagree, what does that mean? I think there’s a bit of a hint of what’s going to happen there. But up until now, they’ve been quite agreeable, and when someone disagrees they’ve dismissed them. But now it’s a bigger circle. So what will happen?
Shall we see any more of Julian’s influencer arcs? I think that’s really fascinating in Episode 6.
Yes, I mean, she’s an influencer. You will have to continue monitoring. But she is still an influencer. And her arc about being an influencer is certainly popular for the rest of the season, but it also likely won’t be the same.
How does the existence of influencers change the show? Lots of originals Gossip Girl is about how Serena [Blake Lively], Blair [Leighton Meester]and others cannot control their image. But Julian has more control over his image.
I think that’s what makes this version of Gossip Girl, give it a reason to exist instead of just rereading the original. When the original came out, we didn’t think about our lives through social media. And when I say thinking – I know that’s not really a lie – but if we’re driven at one o’clock to say something happy is happening to us, and then we’re urge at eight o’clock when we might be bored. say something about our depression. But someone else is clicking on both of those stories and seeing them again. It is not an accurate representation of where we are or who we are. That didn’t exist the first time around.
In the first, [Gossip Girl] just poke a hole in the way you’re lying. But now she has to show how deceitful your online personality is before she can realize you’re a liar, and what you’re lying about yourself, and find out. the way you are lying about yourself. So there is an extra class to handle this version of Gossip Girl that we all have to deal with. You will see that more in the second half. You will find Gossip Girl must be more difficult. I think the first half of the season, Gossip Girl went after that person, and in the second half of the season, Gossip Girl realized that they had to go after that person first.
That is really interesting. I know you said we can’t really expect any more big guests this season. Are there any smaller guests or secrets coming up?
It’s definitely in Episode 10. There are four actors returning from the previous version of the show, and so that’s to be expected. I think that might be the only kind of big, big cameos. I mean, obviously there’s always mentions and stuff like that, but I think that’s Episode 10.
In the future, hope to continue to attract people. But the reason why I didn’t bring in anyone from the original who was of a larger nature, in terms of normal people in the series from the original, is because no one wanted to see Blair come in. and only two scenes. As you are getting acquainted with these characters, we must serve them first. Whoever walks in is a part of their story. But if you saw Blair right now, you’d be like, “I want it all about Blair” and “Let me see Blair.” So in the future, my hope is that we can bring more official movies and spend more time with them since you already know about this cast. You can take some time away from one of their storylines to focus on the cast returning from the original.
It’s great. My last question, and this is very selfish of me. But will Milo Sparks [Azhy Robertson] return? Because I just love him.
Me too. Milo is incredible, and Azhy Robertson, who plays Milo, is amazing. I know that I want that to happen in the show. I can’t wait to write it in. When I first made the pitch, I knew he was going to be the host.
He won’t be back this season. I can’t say if you’ll see him again, but I can’t imagine that you won’t, I think that’s the best way to explain it. But I feel like the damage he’s done this season is enough for him to do. There is damage that other people do to a similar extent. And again, something like Milo is coming.
I wish we had 22. I don’t want 22 episodes because my head is going to explode. I can’t believe we’ve all been doing it for as long as we did. But if we have 22 episodes, I think there will be more. But the reality is that initially the season was ordered as 10 and then it was expanded to 12. Then when it was 10, it was like a roller coaster going down a hill. Then when it expanded to 12, we had a bit of freedom to put in a little more, but the season was broken. Only the highlights, like Milo, like Nelly Yuki [Yin Chang], like everyone who appeared in Episode 10. Other than that, the story is really led by our characters.
Everyone is just a blast this season. I feel like it really hit its stride towards the end of Episode 6.
I really appreciate that. And again, the fact that you meet all the parents and you’re getting to know them all, like Malcolm McDowell is a great addition to the cast. You’ll see him more, and you’ll see Obie’s mother more. You will see Obie’s sister. We will fill in the families as we go, which will tell you a lot more about them and their motivations. So it’s really exciting to watch, to really learn from everyone, more and more.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Three more episodes of Gossip Girl premieres on HBO Max on Thursday, November 25, followed by the final three episodes of Season 1 on December 2.
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