The CW officially renewed the series for a sixth season on May 11, 2012. It was confirmed that this will be the show's final season and will consist of 10 episodes and with the possibility of a retrospective. It aired at a new time, on Mondays, 9:00-10:00PM as a lead-out to 90210.
- Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen (10/10)
- Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf (10/10)
- Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey (Gossip Girl) (10/10)
- Chace Crawford as Nathaniel Archibald (10/10)
- Ed Westwick as Charles Bass (10/10)
- Kaylee DeFer as Ivy Dickens (8/10)
- Kelly Rutherford as Lily van der Woodsen (9/10)
- Matthew Settle as Rufus Humphrey (9/10)
Special Guest Stars
- Connor Paolo as Eric van der Woodsen
- Barry Watson as Steven Spence
- Sofia Black D'Elia as Sage Spence
- Desmond Harrington as Jack Bass
- Robert John Burke as Bart Bass
- Tamara Feldman as Poppy Lifton
- Yin Chang as Nelly Yuki
- Andrea Gabriel as Amira Abbar
- Jessica Szohr as Vanessa Abrams
- Katie Cassidy as Juliet Sharp
- Willa Holland as Agnes Andrews
- Ella Rae Peck as Lola Rhodes
- Michael Bloomberg as himself
- Kristen Bell as herself / Gossip Girl's voice
- Rachel Bilson as herself
- Lisa Loeb as herself
|01||Gone Maybe Gone||0.78||October 8, 2012|
|Blair and Chuck make a deal to take down Bart Bass that they will only get together for good after solving their personal problems. Meanwhile, Dan returns from Italy and decides to write a revealing book about the Upper East Side's scandals with Georgina's help. Nate is determined to take Gossip Girl down for good by trying to find her real identity. Also, the gang comes together to look for a missing-in-action Serena, they later find her in a unexpected situation.----
|02||High Infidelity||0.78||October 15, 2012|
|While hosting a high society party, Serena and Nate discover something shocking about their dates. Meanwhile, a rival from Blair's past can be very helpful to her future as a fashion designer. Dan must choose if losing his integrity to get his new book released is worthy. Also, Chuck decides to dig up more dirt into Bart's past at the risk of destroying his marriage with Lily.----
|03||Dirty Rotten Scandals||0.95||October 22, 2012|
|Feeling the pressure to make her first fashion show a success, a stressed-out Blair must rely on help from an unlikely source, but some unexpected scheming causes a scandal on the runway. Meanwhile, Serena discovers that befriending Steven's disapproving daughter, Sage, is trickier than she thought. Nate publishes Dan's first serialized article in The Spectator causing a stir and producing a serious threat to both Nate's paper and Dan's well being. Rufus at Ivy's suggestion, is convinced to sue both Nate's paper as well as Dan himself. Elsewhere, Chuck begins to look into the clue that Amira left behind, which may help uncover what his father is hiding.----
Title reference: From the 1988 film, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
|04||Portrait of a Lady Alexander||0.66||November 5, 2012|
|Chuck’s continued investigation into his father’s dealings leads him to an unlikely event with Manhattan’s elite, where he hopes to find the one person who can tell him the truth about Bart. Serena and Steven decide to reveal their romantic histories so they aren’t surprised by anything, but neither was prepared for what they uncovered. With The Spectator in jeopardy after Dan decided to publish elsewhere, Nate must make a difficult decision to keep it in business. Meanwhile, Georgina pushes Dan to choose a worthy person to date to boost his image, but he finds himself drawn in a different direction. Elsewhere, Ivy tries to persuade Rufus to go through unpacking a group of boxes that Lily had sent over to the loft after having all of his stuff from the apartment move out.----
Title reference: From the 1996 film, The Portrait of a Lady.
|05||Monstrous Ball||0.73||November 12, 2012|
|After Eleanor gives Blair an ultimatum, Blair is even more determined to remedy Waldorf Designs’ problems by making a splash with a dress at the upcoming Cotillion, but a shocking revelation at the ball affects everyone. Serena becomes worried about Steven’s attitude toward her, but after some investigating she discovers the surprising reason why. Chuck finds an unlikely ally (Ivy) as he tries to drive a wedge between Bart and Lily’s relationship to help expose his father’s secret. Meanwhile, Dan publishes another article, but the effect is just the opposite of what he was hoping for. Elsewhere, Rufus learns about Ivy's inheritence as she continues to help him rebuild his life.----
Title reference: From the 2001 film, Monster's Ball.
|06||Where the Vile Things Are||0.72||November 19, 2012|
Blair gets ready for her mother’s imminent arrival, but is unprepared for the set of demands her mother puts upon her. Serena volunteers to help Dan find a new place to live, but their time together brings up unexpected emotions. With Ivy’s help, Chuck discovers there is evidence incriminating his father in illegal activities and enlists the help of Nate to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Rufus and Ivy are excited about their art gallery opening until they find an empty RSVP list and must scramble to find another way to make the event a success.
Title reference: From the 2009 film, Where the Wild Things Are.
|07||Save the Last Chance||0.84||November 26, 2012|
Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) realize that they need to make amends with the people they have wronged. Blair (Leighton Meester) has one last chance to prove to her mother her worth as a fashion designer and with Serena's help, comes up with a plan to make her line the "it" look for Sage (Sofia Black-D’Elia) and her friends. Chuck (Ed Westwick) is close to getting the evidence he needs against his father, until one of his closest allies reveals his plan to Bart.
Title reference: From the 2001 film, Save the Last Dance.
|08||It's Really Complicated||0.79||December 3, 2012|
Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) decide to throw their first Thanksgiving together, inviting only their closest friends, but everyone seems to have their own agenda for attending. Feeling defeated by his father, Chuck (Ed Westwick) begins a downward spiral, leaving Blair (Leighton Meester) to find a solution to his problems. Meanwhile, Dan has written his latest exposé, but he must make a tough decision whether to publish it, knowing it could destroy a close friendship.
Title Reference: From the 2009 film, It's Complicated.
|09||The Revengers||1.06||December 10, 2012|
After a run-in with an increasingly paranoid Bart (guest star Robert John Burke), Blair (Leighton Meester) grows alarmingly concerned for Chuck’s (Ed Westwick) safety. However, feeling confident that his father will never hurt him, Chuck makes a deal that could change his life. Wanting to make things better for Chuck, Blair devises a plan with the help of Serena (Blake Lively), Georgina (special guest star Michelle Trachtenberg), Ivy Dickens (Kaylee DeFer ) and Sage (guest star Sofia Black-D’Elia) to try and get what they need out of Bart. Meanwhile, Nate's (Chace Crawford) financial dilemma finally lands him in a place that he never thought he would be.
Title Reference: From the 2012 film, The Avengers.
|10||New York, I Love You XOXO||1.55||December 17, 2012|
The Series Finale begins with the stars and executive producers bidding farewell to the Upper East Side in a look back at the show’s many unforgettable moments. Then, in a fashionable farewell to remember, our favorite Upper East Siders join forces for one last soiree, and the shocking identity of Gossip Girl is finally revealed. Serena decides to come back to New York and confront Dan about the "Serena Chapter". Chuck proposes to Blair when he is implicated in the death of Bart. Georgina joins forces with Jack Bass in one last scheme to help Chuck and Blair. Nate and Sage try to find the identity of Gossip Girl with the information that they have. William van der Woodsen returns to comfort Lily and rejects Ivy who finally realizes that William used her just to win Lily back. Dorota, Eleanor Waldorf and Cyrus Rose also become involved in planning Chuck and Blair's improvised wedding.Various characters from previous seasons make cameos, including Vanessa, Juliet, Agnes, Jenny, and Lola. Kristen Bell has a cameo as herself alongside Rachel Bilson. Dan reveals that he was actually Gossip Girl.
Title reference: From the 2009 film, New York, I Love You.
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On May 11, 2012 the series was picked up for a short sixth and final season expected to air during the Fall of 2012, beginning on October and concluding on December. On May 17, 2012, with the reveal of The CW's 2012–13 television schedule, Gossip Girl stayed on Monday night and moved to the 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central timeslot following the fifth season of 90210. It was announced on July 30, 2012 that the sixth season will comprise of 10 episodes. On April 25, 2012 it was confirmed that former showrunner and executive producer Joshua Safran left the show as he'll be the new showrunner of NBC's Smash.On May 11, 2012, writer Sara Goodman was promoted to executive producer.
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley, Chace Crawford, Ed Westwick, Kaylee DeFer, Kelly Rutherford and Matthew Settle all returned as series regulars. Michelle Trachtenberg got upgraded to a special guest star for this season. Former recurring star, Desmond Harrington and Robert John Burke are also returning as guest stars for the season.
On July 7, 2012, actress Andrea Gabriel, best known for her role on Lost, had been cast as a businesswoman from Dubai. 7th Heaven alum Barry Watson landed a guest-starring role as young entrepreneur Steven Spence who will quickly sweep Serena off her feet.
Zap2it noted the appearance of British model Alexa Chung. Chung will be playing herself in story that involves Blair's new fashion line. Former Skins star Sofia Black D' Elia has been seen filming scenes with Blake Lively for the upcoming new season. She plays Sage Spence.
Former Gossip Girl regular Taylor Momsen, who left the show during the tenth episode of the fourth season, returned to the series finale alongside Connor Paolo to reprise their roles as Jenny Humphrey and Eric van der Woodsen.