The season one finale was released on Thursday.
There are plenty of hidden details and references to the original series that you might have missed.
In a callback to the original series, the show opens with a shot of a train in New York City.
On the continuation series, a teacher at Constance Billard named Kate Keller (played by former-blogger-turned-actress Tavi Gevinson) is seen on a train passing through Brooklyn.
On the original show, the premiere opened with Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) on a train arriving at Grand Central Station.
A shot of Kate looking through the window during her commute is reminiscent of Serena doing the same thing in the original pilot.
The context for the two moments differs, though. Kate is en route to Constance Billard for the first day of the new school year.
On the original show, Serena made a return to NYC after attending a boarding school.
Kate's outfit bears a resemblance to Serena's.
Both characters are seen wearing striped shirts, tan jackets, and printed scarves around their necks.
The Calloway home has a table that includes an MTV Video Music Awards moon-person statue and four Grammy awards.
The trophies belong to Julien Calloway's (Jordan Alexander) dad named Davis, who works in the music industry.
Zoya Lott (Whitney Peak) is an artist, as indicated by the "art not war" sign that can be seen in her room as she gets ready for her first day at Constance.
The decor of Zoya's room also indicates that she lives a less opulent life than the other characters.
A table in Zoya's room has a stack of books from prolific authors, like Toni Morrison and James Baldwin.
The pile includes Morrison's "The Bluest Eye," Baldwin's "Notes on a Native Son," and a literary magazine called the Paris Review.
Zoya's wearing a headband for her first day of high school, a hallmark accessory on the original series.
On the new show, it's technically a scarf that Zoya wears on her head. Julien's friend Monet de Haan (Savannah Lee Smith) scoffs at Zoya's fashion choice later on in the episode, implying that headbands are no longer as fashionable as they used to be.
Zoya's uniform looks similar to the one worn by Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) on the original series.
Both characters are doe-eyed and naive when they arrive at Constance Billard.
Julien lives in a penthouse in Tribeca and Zoya resides in an apartment on the Upper West Side.
This is revealed when viewers see Julien ordering a metallic dress from Alice + Olivia online. She lists Zoya's address as the shipping address but has the purchase billed to herself at 400 Duane St., Penthouse 55, New York, NY 10013.
Kate says the school produced "great people," including Caroline Kennedy, Coulson Whitehead, and Nate Archibald.
Kate's mention of the original GG character Nate (Chace Crawford) suggests that he became a notable figure in the years since he was last seen on the prior show.
Although, a teacher named Rebecca Sherman (Sarah Baskin) reminds Kate that Nate didn't have a squeaky clean image when he was a student at St. Jude's.
Rebecca pulls up the Gossip Girl site and reminds everyone that Dan Humphrey was the blogger.
"People thought it was me, but it was actually one of my classmates, Dan Humphrey," she says as she explains to her colleagues how GG kept the students in line and made them accountable for their actions.
It's unclear what Dan (Penn Badgley) has been up to since he came clean about his identity on the finale of the original series. But Kate refers to him as a "novelist," which means he's still a writer.
Rebecca's mention of people thinking she was GG at one point is a subtle callback to the original show.
Showrunner Joshua Safran told The Wrap that the comment was "a very deep Easter egg" inspired by a plot from the original show.
"Rebecca Sherman is the name of the character at the end of Season 2 that they briefly think could be Gossip Girl before they think that it is Eric's boyfriend," he said.
The last GG blog post is from December 17, 2012. Coincidentally, that's the exact day that the original series aired its finale.
The new show is set in 2021, nine years after the blog went dark. The series also takes place post-pandemic.
Kate calls out Blair Waldorf's (Leighton Meester) and Chuck Bass' (Ed Westwick) toxic relationship.
As Kate scrolls through the GG blog, she says: "This Chuck and Blair thing is out of control. Definitely pre-cancel culture."
This is a nod to one of the most problematic and polarizing couples on the original show.
The other teachers also mention far-fetched, unrealistic plots from the original series, like Blair being the Princess of Monaco for six months or high-school senior Dan getting published in the New Yorker.
Julien name-drops celebrity tattoo artist Dr. Woo.
This moment happens when Julien and Zoya meet in the bathroom and reveal the matching tattoos they got. Julien getting inked by a famous artist further highlights her wealth and social status.
Julien and her crew gather at the steps of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, a staple from the original show.
The Met was a common spot for the characters of the original series to eat lunch and gossip about their peers.
Audrey Hope (Emily Alyn Lind) reads "Ornament and Silence: Essays on Women's Lives" by Kennedy Fraser while sitting on the steps.
The essays were published in 1996 and discuss the dynamics of women in affairs, friendships, and families. It could be a hint at what fans can expect from Audrey's storylines this season.
Obie (Eli Brown) drinks from a compostable, disposable cup.
This is a nod to his character being environmentally and socially conscious. In the same episode, Julien calls him "guilty rich."
The series premiere references Chuck being heartbroken during season one of the original show.
On the HBO show, the teachers read a post that says, "Spotted: Chuck Bass losing something no one knew he had. His heart."
The same phrase was uttered by GG on season one, episode 10 ("Hi, Society") when Chuck became jealous after seeing Blair and Nate kissing.
On episode two, Zoya carries a tote bag supporting Black-owned businesses.
The show's costume designer, Eric Daman, told InStyle that Zoya's status as an outsider informs her accessories.
"She has aspirations that are socio-political and is an activist," he said. "We integrate that and what that means to how she dresses with vintage and incorporating Black-owned businesses with school totes that she uses or sweatshirts."
Audrey reads "Black Swans: Stories" by Eve Babitz on episode two.
The book is a collection of nine short stories centered on the 1980s and early 1990s. Babitz addresses everything from sex and drugs to youth culture and politics.
The most recent photo on Max Wolfe's Instagram, which shows him with his dads during episode four, is captioned "Wolfe Pack."
The image was taken at the start of the evening, at the opening night of Jeremy O. Harris' off-Broadway play before Max's plan went terribly wrong.
Fans are reintroduced to original GG character Georgina Sparks' (Michelle Trachtenberg) son named Milo on episode four.
On the episode, he refers to himself as Milo Sparks — though fans of the original series will recall that his surname used to Humphrey because Dan Humphrey is legally his father. Milo's biological father is a Russian man named Serge, who was married and had an affair with Georgina.
Milo was born at the start of season four of the original show.
On the new iteration, Milo tells Zoya that he's a 10-year-old boy in the eighth grade at St. Jude's, with a knack for problem-solving.
Milo's home features framed photos of Georgina posing with famous people. There's also a photo of Blair Waldorf on the wall.
Zoya reluctantly accepts Milo's help in her ongoing feud with Julien. At the house, the camera pans to images of Georgina with Kim Jong-un, Vladimir Putin, Elon Musk, and Ed Sheeran.
Audrey reads another book of essays on episode five.
She carries iconic writer Joan Didion's 1979 book "The White Album," which examines American life in the '60s.
Zoya carries the book "Looking for Lorraine" on the bus.
The biography was written by Imani Perry and centered on late playwright Lorraine Hansberry, known for the play "A Raisin in the Sun."
Considering Zoya's love for theater, her book choice makes sense. But instead of reading it, Zoya finds herself obsessively scrolling through Gossip Girl's Instagram posts.
Original "GG" character Nelly Yuki, played by Yin Chang, returns on the new series.
She was first introduced as Blair's academic rival on season one of "Gossip Girl" and recurred on the series. On the final season, Nelly returned as a reporter from Women's Wear Daily.
On the new series, Nelly appears at a Halloween party dressed as editor Eva Chen. It's revealed that she now works at New York Magazine.
On episode six, Zoya wears a shirt that says, "Thank Black Women" as she gets ready for school.
Her fashion choices throughout the season point to her passion for activism.
Davis reads a TMZ article about the return of the Macy's Thanksgiving parade.
According to the article, tourism numbers in NYC were rising ahead of the famous parade.
Zoya carries a tote bag that says "advocate."
The bag is seen on episode seven, on the day that Obie lies and tells Zoya that he loves her.
On episode eight, fans see that frequently-Googled questions about Davis include queries about his career and personal life.
People who Google the producer ask about his most popular song, if he's related to Julien, what his net worth is, and if he's still married.
Zoya wears a T-shirt referencing The NAMES Project.
The organization went on a national tour in 1988.
Julien has a book on her table titled "Conjure Women," written by Afia Atakora.
The real-life book takes place in the South before and after the Civil War, and focuses on the bond among three women.
Zoya's phone has a sticker of famed artist Frida Kahlo on it.
The sticker shows Kahlo wearing her famous floral crown.
Episode 10 reveals that the original "GG" character Dorota now has two kids.
Dorota, her husband Vanya, her daughter Ana (born during season three of the original series), and a son named Leo all appear during a Hanukkah dinner.
Aki has a copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" on his nightstand.
The famous coming-of-age book was written by J.D. Salinger and published in the '50s.
Zoya attempts to read "Wuthering Heights" during study hall on episode 11.
The 1847 novel was written by Emily Brontë, centering on complicated family dynamics.
For Christmas, Julien gives Audrey a locket containing photos of them as kids.
Julien, Audrey, and the rest of the friends in their inner circle grew up together.
Zoya wears a T-shirt with the phrase "no justice, no peace" on it.
The political slogan emerged in the '60s as part of protests about violence directed at Black people.
A blink-and-you'll-miss-it shot early in episode 12 foreshadows Obie's latest love interest named Grace Byron.
A tip to GG from an Instagram user named @simon_r_v reads: "Obie spotted with a mystery blonde in Dumbo. Looks like the prince of ny might not be as 'charming' as everyone thinks."
Later in the episode, the "mystery blonde" who Obie recently started dating is revealed to be Grace Bryon, the daughter of a Virginia senator.
The Menzies mansion where the gang spends their New Year's Eve is located on 1 Menzies Lane.
The Menzies family is so wealthy that they have a street named after them in upstate NY.
The address is visible when Max tries to escape the estate and return home by requesting an Uber on his phone.
The knight outfit worn by an NYE partygoer who approaches Julien during the final scene was likely stolen from the Menzies' cellar.
Earlier in the finale, Zoya passes the armor while getting bottles of wine from the cellar. At the end of the episode, the man approaches Julien while in the costume and asks who she is.
In response, she says: "I'm Julien fucking Calloway."
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