"The truth is out. That changes everything, doesn't it?" Lily swears it doesn't have to. Bart caged them all up in his Gossip Girl boxes, his cages and cameras; she forgot how good it was to tell the truth, to let the secrets out. But only insofar as they were current, as long as they were about now: after Pete Fairman, after Serena's return, after Eric's recovery, after the wedding and that last sweet night with Rufus. Mapplethorpe secrets. But this secret is from before, a long-ago secret, and it involves Rufus. Bringing the long-ago compromises and sacrifices made and never told into this new life? Lily and Rufus of today are not the Lily and Rufus of six months or a year ago, much less twenty years ago. That can stay hidden, right? She has a chance of happiness, finally? "No, it doesn't have to."
"There could be no better time for a clean slate," CeCe says, because she doesn't know Rufus. "There could be no worse time, Mother. This is the last thing I want to come out." You might think she was talking about her family, about publicity, about protecting Charles and Serena and Eric, but she's not: "Pay him." CeCe is saddened by this sudden loss of gumption; Lily is disgusted, like a resentful teenage daughter. Sometimes a thing happens, or something breaks, and you stay that age forever: we've talked about this with Rufus, and with Georgina, and to some extent with Blair. And we really only see it when CeCe's around, but it's true of Lily too. And now we're going to find out why.
It is the easiest thing in the world to love Nate Archibald. It's one of the things that Blair loved most about him, and it's one of the things that they all love about him. It's one of the things he takes with him when he stops loving you back. But then, nothing ventured is nothing lost. Chuck said goodbye to him when he said goodbye to Serena, and to the family: Nate's goodbye was lost in that, and they both knew it. And so, now that he's said goodbye to Lily, and last of all to Eric, there's only one goodbye left.
It is the hardest thing in the world to love Blair Waldorf. It's one of the things Chuck loves most about her, and it's one of the things they all love about her: the way she makes it worth it. She twists underneath it like a wild thing, afraid to give up too much ground; she knows that once she admits her hunger she'll never stop. There is not enough love in the world, in a person, to satisfy Blair Waldorf, and she knows that. Waldorf women have a magic too: her mother uttered a secret, ancient curse over her crib, when all the kingdom was asleep. Not. Enough.