In all of Gossip Girl’s six seasons, Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgley) has never been the most chest-thumping male protagonist (the writers have always left that to the Bass men). Dan’s nickname is Lonely Boy, after all, and he rivals Conor Oberst for daily feelings output. He’s sensitive! He’s a writer! He’s from Brooklyn! But all of that is about to change, according to TVLine.

Hold on to your newsboy caps, y’all; Dan’s going to be a lot “darker” and “hell-bent” in Season 6 — perhaps due to Blair (Leighton Meester)’s spurning?

Executive producer Stephanie Savage teases, via Michael Aussiello: “Dan definitely makes good on his plan and sets off with Georgina (Michelle Trachtenberg) to Italy. But he comes back from overseas with something to spring on the Upper East Side.” A new, juicy tell-all manuscript, perhaps?

But that’s not all; Georgina’s influence might seem deviously manipulative, but she’s really just bringing out Dan’s true colors, says Stephanie. “What might seem dark under Georgina is really just Dan finally claiming [his] power. He’s been dismissed by [the gang] for a long time and he’s realizing his power might be in a different place. It’ll be a more hell-bend and darker Dan than we have necessarily seen.”

Source: TVLine

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