We all now know that Dan Humphrey (played by Penn Badgley) was the unlikely choice for Gossip Girl but according to a trending TikTok theory, it was staring us in the face. Literally, in the first episode on September 19, 2007. In a video posted to TikTok by @yussijuicy2.0 we were served a major clue without even realising it.
Looking back at the pilot, you will notice Humphrey was featured just as Gossip Girl signed off the introduction for the first time with, “And who am I? That’s one secret I’ll never tell.”
In 2018, Buzzfeed published a whole list of clues that were shared across the six seasons. Of note, Lonely Boy has the most to gain from the blog and can manipulate the gossip for his own gain. There are several clever scenes created with camera angles where Humphrey can just be seen listening in on conversations.
Fans have argued in the past that there are many plot holes in the series and Badgley agrees.
“It doesn’t make sense at all. It wouldn’t have made sense for anybody. Gossip Girl doesn’t make sense!” Badgley told People in 2015 “But no, it made enough sense. He was a writer.”
One of the show’s writers, Joshua Safran, admitted that there were several candidates for Gossip Girl which included Eric van der Woodsen (Connor Paolo) and Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford).
“I always thought it was Eric until the end of season two, and I even guided it that way, but when the New York Post revealed it was Eric—and I still don’t know how that happened, I think they were just guessing—and we realised we couldn’t go down that road anymore, so we abandoned him,” Safran told Vulture in 2017. “Then there was possibly Nate, because we never saw him send anything in to Gossip Girl. But in the end, it had to be Dan, because Dan’s a writer, observer, and could write in different styles.”
The question remains, how will Gossip Girl turn out to be in the forthcoming and ever-fashionable reboot? Prepare for many theories.