Credit: Giovanni Rufino©2011 The CW Network, LLC Photo: Diana Payne and Nate Archibald in Gossip Girl Season 5, Episode 3: “The Jewel of Denial”

The Hollywood Reporter recently scored an exclusive interview with Gossip Girl executive producer Josh Safran, and he spared no expense when it came to spilling some uber-juicy intel on what we can expect in Season 5. Read on for some satisfying scoop on Liz Hurley’s character Diana Payne, what the deal is with Charlie/Ivy, and what’s in store for the biggest episode in the show’s history.

THR: The other question that comes up too, knowing Gossip Girl, will she even go through with the pregnancy? Is that going to played out through to the end?
Safran: I don’t want to comment on the storyline but I will say is that all of those questions are going to definitely come up for her. She’s going to have some interesting decisions to make in the near future.

How will this development affect her friendships and romances?
It affects all of them in very interesting ways. This season is very much about the choices our characters making, whether it’s Dan’s book or Serena’s choice in career or Nate’s connection with Elizabeth Hurley. Every one of these character choices affect everybody around them.

Elizabeth Hurley’s character has an interest in the Gossip Girl website. Is there anything that you can reveal about how she’ll play into their world?
Diana Payne definitely, which you’ll hear about in Monday’s episode, wants to become the new media baron in New York. In order to do that, you need to eliminate your competitors, whether they’re the Post or Gossip Girl. She very much decides that in order to get what she wants, she needs to eliminate Gossip Girl. She’s got an agenda, but her agenda is very much to get where she wants to get, not somebody hit my dog with her car and I’m going about this convoluted way to get them. She’s direct, which unsettles the other characters because we’re not used to somebody saying, “You know what, I’m done with you.”
   
Ivy (new series regular Kaylee DeFer) is back, but will viewers find out what happened to the real Charlie?
Yes. You will find out during the course of the season. I don’t want to say how that reveal will come about, but I will say that you cannot pretend to be somebody that exists without the person who’s existing to know about it.

Is the blueprint for the series finale already set?
No, right now we just finished building our 100th episode. It’s going to be good, that’s all I can say. I can’t comment on [whether people will be returning], but what I can say is if you haven’t watched the show in a while, you can pop back in because it pays homage to every episode that came before it. It will center around a major event, probably the biggest event that we’ve done.

Head over to THR to read the full interview.

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