Did you know that Gossip Girl was intended to be a different character?!
Joshua Safran, who serves as showrunner on the upcoming revival and was also a writer and executive producer on the original series, is spilling the details on the original plan.
Find out what he dished inside…
Spoiler alert, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) ended up being Gossip Girl in the show’s sixth season, but Joshua shared that up until the end of season five, it was actually supposed to be Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford).
“It was Nate. It was Nate until the day I left,” he told The Daily Beast. Joshua left GG before the final season to work on the musical series Smash.
“I think we all came to the conclusion that it might be Nate by the end of Season 4, and then we spent Season 5 teeing it up,” he added. “If you watch it, there are many clues to it being Nate. But I also think weirdly, in noir fashion, it’s great that we dropped a red herring. But it wasn’t as organic as Dan.”
“With Dan, it makes sense because he wanted to find a way in; but with Nate, it was because he’d never sent anything in to Gossip Girl, and if it had been Nate, it was based on this idea that he’d felt so guilty for sleeping with Serena that he had to create an alter ego to bring us all to it,” Joshua explained.
The new Gossip Girl is premiering in just a couple of days, and it was recently revealed that fans won’t have to wait very long to learn who the new Gossip Girl is…
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