It has already been pointed out that Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) seems to have undergone an amazing (and out-of-character) transformation in the last few episodes of Gossip Girl. For those who are out of the loop, recently, good old boring Nate broke up with Vanessa (Jessica Szohr) to reunite with old flame Blair (Leighton Meester), much to the dismay of Bluck fans. The startling change was most evident in the last episode, when Nate caught Blair doing something underhanded, broke up with her, only to get back together a few minutes later, after a conversation with Chuck (Ed Westwick).
The news of the Blair and Nate reunion didn't sit well with Bluck fans, needless to say. And even those who aren't very passionate about the wickedly delicious tandem are quick to point out that Blair and Nate, since their first season pairing, are just not right for each other anymore. This is not mere conjecture; there have been many instances when the two have shown that the two are in different stages in their lives, that they're just so different flat.
Blair, for instance, despite pronouncements of turning over a new leaf, proved that she's incapable of doing so when she forged an evil deal with grandpa Archibald. She herself had no explanation. However, after just a few seconds of inadequate convincing from Chuck ("She didn't pick me," or something), Nate quickly got over it, and Blair got away scot-free - again. (Of course, Blair does deserve some credit, for at least trying to resist temptation.) What happened to judicious and sensible Nate?
(Where was Vanessa, by the way?)
While they were happy, the Vanessa and Nate tandem received a lot of flak for being boring and unexciting, but never for being out-of-character and irrational. It's more or less like Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley); not a lot of fans, but people let them because they deserve each other more or less, you understand the connection, you understand why they're together, and on some instances, they can even be cute.
I trust, however, that this Nate and Blair thing is but temporary, and the Gossip Girl
universe will be back to normal anytime soon.
Glenn Diaz, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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