I still have a soft spot for Gossip Girl, despite its many ridiculous plot lines and even more ridiculous ending. (You know, when that guy was revealed as the titular G.G.) But for all its faults, the CW show delivered the goods, particularly when it came to love. Gossip Girl gave us so many couples throughout its six seasons—some good, some bad, some very, very confusing.
Here’s our condensed list of Gossip Girl‘s most important couples: the ones that worked, and the ones that should have been banned from Manhattan.
Serena and Nate
I’ll say it: I wish these two had rekindled their flame. Dubbed the Golden Couple by Gossip Girl herself, the luscious locks between the two were reason enough for them to get back together. They made the prettiest couple. So! Pretty!
Chuck and Blair
When the show was on, I had no problem saying those three words, eight letters to these two: I love you. Ed Westwick and Leighton Meester had so much chemistry on G.G. that my TV screen melted a little each time they were on it. Could a normal relationship withstand an attempt to sell the girlfriend for a hotel, a pregnancy and marriage to another (royal) guy, a near-death car accident, approximately 8 million breakups, and 9 billion revenge hookups? No. But the love between the bespoke-purple-suited Chuck and crowned-by-headband Blair was not for mere mortals.
My feelings about Chuck are more complicated now, considering, in 2017, Westwick faced sexual assault charges. (He wasn’t prosecuted due to insufficient evidence, per NBC News.) But for our story here, we’ll focus on the fictional characters and not the men or women who play them.
Rufus and Lily
How did a couple that made no sense at all make so much sense? She’s Upper East Side; he’s Brooklyn. Her fashion is impeccable; he wears the same flannel shirt four times a week. They have a secret love child that neither of them seem to care about, and she left him at one point for Bart Bass. Yet Rufus and Lily always endured. I forever stan.