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The Gossip Girl reboot is HBO Max’s biggest revival series since the streaming service launched in May 2020. The series is also dominating on social media, with fans tweeting up a storm about every episode. It wasn’t long before HBO Max announced a Season 2 for the series, and than news came not long after the mid-season finale of Season 1. So, here’s what we know about a Gossip Girl Season 2 — the “gossip,” if you will, about the cast, what might happen in future episodes, and when they could be released.
Warning: Spoilers for Gossip Girl Season 1, Part 1 follow. As fans know, the significant change from the original Gossip Girl series to the new one is that the identity of “Gossip Girl” is not a secret to the audience. It’s the teachers working as a team in an attempt to terrorize their students into good behavior. As viewers can imagine, that doesn’t go as smoothly as one might think. (As if anyone might think such a plan would go smoothly.)
Although Season 1 is divided into two parts (the first six episodes air in the summer; the back half will air later in November of 2021), the teachers are already struggling to keep their project quiet in the first half of the season. Episode 3 included the group setting up Reema to take the fall when the situation got too hot. But clearly, they’re going to need help — as are the students who would like to bring Gossip Girl down. Since the show's premise is that the previous generation (the Chucks, the Blairs, the Serenas, etc.) already experienced this, why not get back some of those experienced people to help? Could a Season 2 see the return of some familiar faces?
Here’s everything to know about HBO Max’s Gossip Girl Season 2:
Gossip Girl Season 2 Renewal Announcement
On Sept. 9, 2021, almost a month after the mid-season finale of Season 1, HBO Max confirmed Gossip Girl Season 2 was a go. Although the streaming service took nearly a month to make the announcement, it was one that felt inevitable. HBO Max had already declared the series the most-watched original title in its library since the service's launch in May of 2020. The premiere apparently brought in record viewership over its first days of availability as well. Though HBO Max did not reveal hard numbers, those statements made another round of episodes in 2022 feel like a foregone conclusion.
Gossip Girl Season 2 Cast
Season 1 is already a pretty crowded landscape. The initial series had a main cast of seven kids and one parent, which kept the focus on the Serena-Blair rivalry. Season 1 of the reboot is far more extensive. There are 16 main actors as part of the cast, which are divided into “kids,” “parents,” and “teachers,” making for three focal points of drama.
As showrunner Joshua Safran explained to The Daily Beast, a cast of this size trying to establish themselves in viewers’ minds means giving them ample screen time. That means any cameo from original stars would take away from the new cast, because the cameos would be all anyone focused on. It would also feel too short.
“If Blair showed up for two scenes, you’d say, ‘I want more Blair,’” Safran told The Daily Beast. So, he made a choice to leave them out of it in Season 1 — but he’s not ruling out cameo appearances from the OG GG stars in Season 2, since the new characters will be more established by then. “Let’s get Season 1 under our belt, and should we get Season 2, we’ll have the chance to bring in cameos that are more than glorified cameos but actually give them storylines.”
Gossip Girl Season 2 Teasers & Potential Plot
As for teasers and a potential plotline for Season 2, Safran hasn’t given details, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have them in mind. “I have Season 2 mapped out already,” he told Variety. “My hope is one or two [original] series regulars come back, and we have some arcs planned for them should they wish to. And not just one episode, not just two scenes.”
Gossip Girl Season 2 Release Date
It’s too early to know when Gossip Girl Season 2 will come back. But with the announcement official, the production can get back to work, so there’s a good chance that more episodes will follow by the summer of 2022.
Gossip Girl Season 1, Part 2 will debut in November of 2021 with six new episodes on HBO Max. All six episodes of Season 1, Part 1 are streaming now.