Credit: Giovanni Rufino/The CW 2011 The CW Network Photo: Chuck Bass at a Dog Park in Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 5: “The Fasting and The Furious”

What was that sound last night at around 8:55 last night? Sounded a little like thousands of people screaming “Chuuuuuuuck!” in unison.

Is he really going to die? He’d better not, because we’re not sure fans’ Gossip Girl love would survive without him. Here are a few reasons they better not kill off Chuckles.

5. He’d never finish his journey.
Chuck (Ed Westwick)has always been Gossip Girl’s darkest character, and though he’s started to clean up his act, he’s got a long way to go. We’d hate to see his redemption arc cut short. Taking in a pound puppy is adorable but it doesn’t really make up for the time he broke a window over his ex-girlfriend’s face. C needs more time to get it right.

Credit: The CW © The CW Network Photo: Chair Moment: Blair and Chuck in Season 4, Episode 9 : "The Witches of Bushwick"

4. Chuck and Blair would really be done.
How many Gossip Girl fans keep watching to find out which inappropriate male Serena’s (Blake Lively) going to fall for next, or what Dan’s (Penn Badgley) whine of the week is? Very few.

No, what’s kept people coming back is a twisted, passionate, sad, intense love story - and whether there’s a happy ending in store for Chuck and Blair (Leighton Meester) or not, it would be a mistake for the show to tear apart a couple with such great chemistry for good.

3. It would be MUCH less funny.
Something else Chuck and Blair have in common? They’re the show’s best quote machines. Their bon mots are the perfect blend of wit and meanness. Don’t give Blair a broken heart and the burden of being the only non-boring one among her friends.

Credit: Jackson Lee/Splash News Photo: Ed Westwick Holds a Dog While Filming Gossip Girl in NYC on August 16, 2011

2. Who would take care of Monkey?
Don’t make poor Monkey a puppy orphan. Who would take him in? The choices are grim: Blair would be too distraught, Serena would jet off to Morocco and forget to feed him, and Dan would dress him in ironic sweaters.

1.The dark age of Jack.
Everyone on Gossip Girl is rich and powerful, but not all one-percenters are created equal. It’s been heavily implied that Chuck and Bass Industries basically run this town, and if its troubled but principled helmsman gone, Bass Industries would fall into the hands of the dastardly Uncle Jack (Desmond Harrington) — and with it, the whole city. Jack would probably make Blair wear a gold bikini and chain her at the base of his throne.

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Credit: The CW Photo: Sneak Peek of Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 11: "The End of the Affair" [VIDEO] — Will Chuck Be Able to Pull Through?