They came into the show as very different kinds of roles, but the chemistry between them took over.” Despite their tumultuous courtship, they were always built to last.“When we went into each season, we asked what could be done with these core relationships — we have Dan and Serena, we have Chuck and Blair — at the center of the show.
You can challenge them, you can put them with other people.
Obviously we put Blair and Dan together, which was for some people the best thing they’ve ever seen and for some people it was absolutely antithetical to everything they wanted from those characters. But the plan for Chuck and Blair was always a ‘long-term play’ once we saw that chemistry, in the same way that Dan and Serena were — as much as we were going to break these people apart, and earn their way back into these other’s lives.
In a way, that love story between those two characters was always one of the overarching stories of the whole show, and we knew that.
So it felt like, here are two people who are bonded by their mutual scheming and the dark side of the show, at least from the beginning, and that would naturally evolve into a romantic relationship.
One that was fraught and often conflict-laden, but ultimately incredibly romantic and fulling for both the characters and the audience.
As far as we pushed them, we always had to be able to find a way to bring them back together.” Cecily von Ziegesar, the creator of the Gossip Girl book series, supported the romance even though it wasn’t a prominent plotline in her books.“She was great and very open to the fact that the books were the books, and the show had to be something else.
And obviously you’re casting a show in a way you’re not casting books, so things can change and evolve.
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