Almost a decade after the original Gossip Girl (2007) went off the air, fans were finally given the revival they’d been waiting for. Gossip Girl (2021) is a reboot of the original series, this time following a new generation of Upper East Side private school teens, facing off against a new Gossip Girl. The big twist is now Gossip Girl is an Instagram account run by their teachers. Season one of the Gossip Girl reboot has come to a close. Divided into two parts with six episodes each, part one premiered on July 8th, while part two was released on November 25, 2021. Here’s a rundown on all the drama that happened in season one. *SPOILERS DOWN BELOW*
Season One: Part One
Part one of the Gossip Girl reboot premiered on July 8th with the pilot “Just Another Girl on the MTA”. Following the arrival of new student Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) at Constance St.Judes, where her half-sister Julien Calloway (Jordan Alexander) is the IT girl. Julien reign’s over the school with her posse of mean girls, Monet de Haan (Savannah Smith), and Luna La (Zion Moreno). Quickly after Zoya’s arrival, Julien’s boyfriend Obie Bergmann IV (Eli Brown) ends up dumping her for her own sister, Zoya. This sparks the catalyst for teacher Kate Keller (Tavi Gevinson) to return as Gossip Girl. Capitalizing off Zoya and Julien’s sibling rivalry as well as their love triangle with sister-hopping boyfriend Obie. The rest of part one focuses on the love triangle between long-term couple Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind) and Akeno “Aki” Menzies (Evan Mock) developing a threesome with Max Wolfe (Thomas Doherty).
Season One Midseason Finale
The midseason finale episode, “Parentsite“, wrapped up part one of the series with parents, protest, and a threesome. When Obie’s mother comes to town, Zoya questions his true intentions; highlighting the differences between their two upper and lower class worlds. During a protest, Zoya confronts Julien about still being in love with Obie, ultimately leading to a kiss between Julien and Obie. Meanwhile, Aki and Max come together to support Audrey in her personal life and in the bedroom.
Season One: Part Two
Part two of the Gossip Girl reboot returned to tv screens with the Thanksgiving episode “Once Upon a Time in the Upper West”. Noble fans of the original series know Thanksgiving episodes are a staple in the Gossip Girl universe. This year’s Thanksgiving took place at the Zoya’s House with an overdramatic dinner revealing surprising truths. Julien confesses to Zoya the truth about her and Obie sleeping together, causing Zoya to cut ties with both of them. Along with a surprise reveal that Aki’s dad warned Aki to stay away from Julien. The episode ends on the cliffhanger that Julien’s dad Davis Calloway (Luke Kirby) is being sued for some unknown reason.
Following the aftermath of Thanksgiving, season one: part two takes a drastic darker turn compared to part one. Gossip Girl reveals the mysterious truth behind Davis’s lawsuit being sexual allegations against him. Leading to Julien getting ‘canceled’ by Gossip Girl, which has now been hacked by a new group of teachers. During this time Julien and Obie’s relationship goes back and forth after Obie admits he is still in love with Julien. Meanwhile, Aki, Audrey, and Max are struggling to figure out their dynamic after sleeping together. In a surprise ending, Kate gets the Gossip Girl account back and decides to publicly expose all the anonymous tips submitted.
Season One Finale
The Gossip Girl reboot season one finale “Gossip Gone, Girl” picks up right after ‘Tip Gate’, with Gossip Girl MIA. Following the crew upstate for their annual New Year’s bash. Obie shows up with his new girlfriend, resulting in Julien, Monet, and Luna strategizing to break the couple up. During this, Zoya questions her place in Julien’s friend group and ends up confronting Julien about her mean girl antics.
Meanwhile, Aki and Audrey convince Max to be polyamorous. Amidst all the drama, Luna finally gets her own storyline, with a surprise love interest. After realizing the wrongs of her actions, Julien apologizes to Zoya and Obie. The act of saying sorry showed Monet the wasted IT girl potential in Julien, alluding to the schemes of Monet taking over as the new IT girl. The episode ends with Julien delivering a monologue to Gossip Girl that the two of them need to work together, sparking the return of Gossip Girl once again.
What to expect for Season Two
As of right now, little news has been as to what fans can expect for the second season of the Gossip Girl reboot. The show’s screenwriter Joshua Safran told TV Line “Season two picks up fairly soon after the events of the finale, with the students returning to school after the holiday break.” Leaving fans to speculate what drama season two will have in store for our Upper East Siders. Will Monet take over as the new IT girl at Constance St.Judes? What is the secret condition between Gossip Girl and Julien’s alliance? Will Aki, Audrey, and Max last as a couple? Tune in to season two of the Gossip Girl reboot (premiere date TBD) for your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.
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