Any Gossip Girl fan knows of Blair Waldorf’s fondness for Audrey Hepburn and her repeated Hepburn dreams. “It was in the books that she was obsessed with Audrey Hepburn and there was also a part of the books that described how she was trying to live in the movie version of her life but things never quite lined up,” explains executive producer Stephanie Savage. “So we sort of combined those two elements to give her these signature dreams where she was trying to have these perfect Audrey Hepburn moments, but her subconscious always intruded.” Tonight’s dream includes a literal intruder in the form of a masked attacker, an homage to 1967’s Wait Until Dark. Savage says it’s an omen of bad things to come. “It’s kind of Blair’s sixth sense kicking in to warn her that something is afoot,” says Savage. “The last thing we saw Chuck do was make a call potentially summoning Jenny Humphrey to town. We always joked in the writer’s room of Blair’s sixth sense that she could literally, like, smell when Jenny Humphrey was back in Manhattan. We kind of used that heightened notion as a way of kicking off the episode.”Does this mean Little J is back for good? Says Savage, “I’d rather leave it open ended, but this is her re-introduction to Gossip Girl this season.”
And what else is in store for tonight’s GG? For one, a plethora of NYC-friendly cameos and locations. Says Savage, “In our episode, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are hosting a New York Observer event that Tim Gunn and Isaac Mizrahi, among others, are being honored at and they’re all there. We actually shot on the top of The Standard Hotel in The Boom Boom Room. We’re the first people who ever shot up there.”
Watch below for an exclusive look at tonight’s GG opening and for the show’s first-ever Hepburn-inspired dream sequence.
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