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'Gossip Girl' 2.0 Is Missing Ships For Me To Annoy My Friends About

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'Gossip Girl' 2.0 Is Missing Ships For Me To Annoy My Friends About

HBO Max’s Gossip Girl revival has tons of familiar tropes made infamous by The CW’s OG series. There are rich kids behaving badly, rivalries between siblings (or friends who are so close they may as well be) and, of course, the omnipresent narrator of Gossip Girl — even if this time, she is actually a cohort of teachers hellbent on taking some power back from their students.

The one thing the new Gossip Girl doesn’t have? Romance. At least, not yet.

I can’t be the only one who noticed that this iteration of Gossip Girl is missing in the love department. Thus far, it hasn't really given us much of a couple to root for. When the series launched, Obie — the do-gooding so-called "prince" of New York — and Julien, his Instagram famous girlfriend and the head of the central clique, were already on the rocks. Neither seemed particularly interested in continuing their romance for anything other than appearances, or, at the very least, not making waves in their friend group. So when Obie dumped Julien in favor of her little sister Zoya, well, it was dramatic — but not particularly sad.

Meanwhile, the romance between Zoya and Obie happened so quickly there wasn’t much time to build up a will-they-won’t-they situation, whereas in the original Gossip Girl, the romantic history between Serena and Nate (with the added complications of their relationships with Dan and Blair, respectively) was always played for its potential to stir the pot. Will Serena and Nate get together, Blair’s wrath be damned? Will she really move on with Lonely Boy, aka Dan Humphrey?

Images: HBO Max
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