OMG Is Chuck Bass Dead?

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Ed Westwick on the set of Gossip Girl in New York City.

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What better way to end a pathetically poor season than with a cliffhanger finale that potentially kills off one of the most important characters and features an illegitimate child in the belly of another character’s ex-girl friend’s ex-best friend? Whaaa?

Gossip Girl wrapped up its third season last night, quite literally, with a bang. Immediately after Georgina Sparks reveals her bursting baby belly to Dan Humphrey, the show cuts to a scene with Chuck Bass stumbling from a club, wasted, as two devious-looking individuals approach him. He doesn’t seem to mind being robbed. “I’m Chuck Bass, I have lots of money,” until they find the engagement ring he had planned to give to Blair. That one pulls at his drunken heartstrings a bit, they struggle and a gun goes off. Chuck is left alone, bleeding out in a street somewhere in the world while the love of his life toasts to her summer in Paris with her best friend. RIP, Chuck Bass. Even you didn’t deserve to die alone.

The thing is, Gossip Girl show used to be really good. Correction: It used to be a really good guilty pleasure. Now, it’s just guilty. The writers had to go to all kinds of lows this season (threesome, anyone?) to try and garner even a sliver of popularity the show once enjoyed. It seems the show has been renewed for a fourth season, which will premiere fall 2010, but I shudder to think how much longer the series can last. Dare I say RIP Gossip Girl?