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The Stars of “Gossip Girl” Have Thoughts on That Big Reveal

The original Gossip Girl kept the identity of its titular tattletale a secret until the very end. It was the teen soap’s central mystery: Who is Gossip Girl, the anonymous blogger exposing the spoiled kids of the Upper East Side? The question plagued fans, and the CW show’s cast, for six seasons. With so much anticipation, the answer was always bound to disappoint — and it did, spectacularly.

When the show lifted the veil to reveal Dan Humphrey as the mastermind behind it all, fans were justifiably upset. And you can even say that Gossip Girl‘s legacy has been marred, somewhat, by its final, absurd plot twist.

Luckily, the new Gossip Girl smartly corrects the sins of its predecessor and gets the mystery out of the way in the first episode. (Spoilers for the Gossip Girl premiere below.)

No, Dan isn’t back to cause more chaos. (Penn Badgley has been socially distancing himself from Dan for years.) Instead, it’s the overworked, underpaid, and perennially disrespected teachers of Constance Billard, led by Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson), who decide to resurrect Gossip Girl. Why? Because someone has to teach these rich brats a (very important) life lesson. So they utilize Dan’s old playbook to “take the power back, do some good, and save the future.”

Now an anonymous Instagram account, Gossip Girl targets the prep school’s most popular influencer Julien Calloway (played by Jordan Alexander) and her inner circle under the belief that if they can get the teen glitterati to fall in line, the rest of the student body will too.

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From the get-go, the audience is privy to Gossip Girl’s motivations and moral quandaries. We watch as Kate struggles to find the right tone — one that can elicit a cool authority without sounding too irreverent; a perceptive voice that draws you in while keeping you at a safe distance. “The old Gossip Girl knew how to tease things out,” Kate observes. “She got their attention first, and then went in for the kill. So we do the same.”

The decision to not only reveal Gossip Girl but to make her a character on the show was a “necessary choice,” according to star Zión Moreno (Luna).

“In the original Gossip Girl, I know a lot of people were disappointed when they found out in the last episode who it was,” she tells Teen Vogue during a recent press day for the series. “So it was really important to get that out of the way.”

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