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Remember in Harry Potter how there was the whole underlying “Neither can live while the other survives” thing? Well, Gossip Girl is like twinsies with HP, which makes Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) the Upper East Side’s answer to Harry, and Bart Bass the town Voldemort (not so hard to imagine).

But while HP and his snakey counterpart had a clear solution to the problem, Chuck’s got a little Luke Skywalker-Darth Vader sitch to consider as he figures out a solution to his. All comparison to other pop lit and film aside, let’s talk about what has become an inexorable truth on Gossip Girl: Chuck and Bart will never be able to coexist, and thus one of them must die.

A little dramatic? Not really. Family issues are the norm on the NYC-centric show, but at this point, Bart’s takedown has become the single thing stopping Chuck from being with Blair (Leighton Meester). And as fans still on the good ship Chair know, that’s really the only reason we’re still hooked. As he has made it clear, B has already accomplished what stood in her way of being with Chuck for the long haul, but he has failed to hold up his end of the pact.

So, what’s the real problem with Chuck and Bart? Well, core differences in the two have created a huge fissure that can never be mended. When Bart “died” in Season 2, Episode 13 “O Brother, Where Bart Thou?,” Chuck became a different person. He changed his perspective on what it meant to have family, and reformed his completely, eventually resolving to part ways with blood (Uncle Jack), and start anew with Lily (Kelly Rutherford) and his friends.

When Bart came back at the end of Season 5, he first stripped Chuck of his self-worth, by way of taking the company away from him, and then of his family, by rekindling things with Lily and ultimately turning her against Chuck. Add to that the way he took Chuck’s new understanding of love — namely, that being with Blair is a worthy ultimate goal — and made it seem silly and trivial. Bart robbed him of his only means of understanding his world.

Bart no longer sees Chuck as a family member to be protected and loved and kept within the fold: Chuck’s attack on Bart’s secrets and clear expression of singular need to destroy him is a threat to Bart’s ability to remain solvent. Considering he previously faked his own death to protect himself, it is reasonable that he will take things to the next level if necessary, and will kill Chuck if he must.

Ultimately, Chuck and Bart have such opposing needs and wants, that their continued blockade of each other’s endgame will result in one of their death’s. Whose? We’ll have to watch and find out.

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