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Monday night’s Gossip Girl series finale was full of happy endings for almost all of our favorite characters. Dan (Penn Badgley) and Serena (Blake Lively) ended up together. So did Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester). Not only that, but we also learned that Chair are now the parents of one of the most adorable little kids ever.

In fact, when Gossip Girl flashed forward five years, it seemed like every major character had coupled up. Everyone that is, except Nate (Chace Crawford).

So what gives? Why did Nate — the guy who has perhaps been in more relationships than anyone else on the show — ultimately end up alone?

As it turns out, it’s for that very reason that GG producers decided to keep Nate single. Showrunner Stephanie Savage tells TV Guide that Nate in the flashforward is “successful and focused on work.

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“He didn’t have any crazy partners or distracting girlfriends. We’re seeing him come into his own as a young man and a real player in the New York scene.”

So much of Nate’s identity in the series has revolved around whichever beautiful, slightly unstable, underaged or cougar-tastic female he was dating at the moment. When the series finally came to an end, Stephanie says she wanted Nate’s life to be about more than just his relationship.

Nate in five years is a successful businessman, thanks in no small part to Dan’s (Penn Badgley) big Gossip Girl exclusive. The Spectator is thriving. Nate is busy, extremely well-regarded, and even entertaining the idea of entering the world of politics — by running for mayor!

Still, this doesn’t mean that Nate is doomed to grow old alone. “He’s single for now,” Stephanie says. Who knows what the future may bring. We’re cool as long as it doesn’t bring him back to Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley). Chuck’s birth mom or not, that entire relationship just made us feel all sorts of uncomfortable.

Source: TV Guide