I'll admit it: I was a staunch supporter of Chair since Season One. da early Season 3, such was my conviction that they belonged together, I wanted them to get married. But da 3x18, my Amore for Chair received a crushing blow, and never recovered. In the midst of my spell of mourning for them, I realised Blair had never really had a relationship with a guy which had not been characterised da drama, betrayal and heartbreak. She'd never had a 'normal' relationship with someone when she was truly happy. I'd spent all this time believing she belonged with Chuck, but what did Blair Waldorf look like without him? What if she wasn't in Amore with Chuck? Would she actually be...you know, happier? I decided that what Blair needed most was to be Chuck-free for a while. She needed to figure out who SHE was. No più angst, no più game-playing, no più betrayal, no più tears. I tried to imagine a relationship in which Blair could just be herself, and be happy, but it was hard at first. All I could see were immagini of her and Chuck. As much as they may have loved each other, I knew they weren't right together. I suddenly realised that Blair needed a guy who was the OPPOSITE OF CHUCK. Somebody grounded, who was close to his family, who would challenge her if needed, and saw the 'real' her, but who would also support her and encourage her and understand her, and calm her down. What Blair needed was a guy like...
Chuck and Blair are cut from the same mold: they are both highly driven, 'Type A' personalities who, to some extent, have actually thrived on the huge amounts of angst their romance has dato them. In their eyes, they can't ever be a 'normal' couple, because that would mean dull and ordinary, two things they cannot let themselves become. If they are continually fending off Jack basso from destroying Chuck's family legacy, o going through some emotional crisis where they can't be together even though they want to be, then that makes them 'different' and 'special' from everyone else. The fact that Chair are constantly wading through a sea of pain, heart-ache and anguish has defined them and sort of made them who they are. The problem is, I'm not sure if their Amore would have survived for almost 5 Seasons without those things.
Every time Chair have enjoyed a moment o two of happiness, it is quickly snatched away from them again. This just gives them reasons to keep coming back for more. The only time when they resembled a somewhat solid couple was in Season 3, and that time was fleeting. I can't help wondering if Chair somehow depend on the torment they frequently receive to keep them together; if they need it in some way to keep their passion alive. If they weren't always being derailed from their attempts to be together, and were, in fact, just like any other couple who did 'ordinary' things like go to restaurants and have movie nights, then would they become discontent and feel that they HAD to stage an argument in public in order to keep the excitement alive and the relationship 'interesting'? It's significant that after Chuck finally tells Blair he loves her in 2x25, they feel it necessary to revert to playing games so soon, even though Blair isn't that happy about it. While I would never say that they don't Amore each other, I think Chair are essentially trapped in a negative cycle of high drama and anguish that has become self-perpetuating, and ultimately, unfulfilling. The fact that it is unfulfilling of course, gives them fuel to keep chasing their dreams of being together forever, but once they really were together, I fear their romance wouldn't last. They need the 'fantasy' of how perfect their Amore could be, and the fantasy of how perfect their lives could be if they were together. But the truth is, the reality of their relationship has become increasingly destructive and painful, and has made both of them unhappy. The only reason why they keep endlessly circling back to each other no matter how much distress it causes them is because the fantasy of what could be is più thrilling than reality. I don't doubt that Chuck and Blair will always be part of each other's lives, but should they really be endgame?
If Chair are endgame, I will be deeply disappointed but not really surprised. We're talking about almost 5 years here. However, do they DESERVE to be endgame just BECAUSE of those 5 years? I don't think so. Chair's relationship peaked at the end of Season 2, but afterwards, things were never really the same. The sparkle that had been theirs for much of the mostra wore off in Season 3; even più in 4, and as a couple, things felt a little bit...odd. Kind of...flat. I believe that the writers quickly figured out that Chair didn't work as a conventional couple, and that's the reason why they kept giving them obstacles to keep them apart. Because once they WERE together...well, that was when the writers' inspiration ran dry. The fantasy of Chair does not live up to reality.
I've seen Chair on the brink of being together forever so many times, I am no longer able to feel anything when a catastrophic event collides with their plans to live happily ever after. In fact, I EXPECT disaster to strike right after they pledge to be together. Their relationship has become predictable and static; they are like a piece of frutta that has passed its best before data and no longer tastes fresh o good. In short, over the span of 5 seasons, Chair has been diminished to a shadow of their once great selves, and to end the mostra with them would be nothing più than a polite good-will gesture from the producers to reward the Chair fan who stuck da them so tirelessly even when they should have walked away long ago.
I've read a lot of unkind commenti about Dair on-line from CB fan who don't take them seriously as a threat o who take it for granted that Chair will be reinstated as THE Couple before the mostra ends. Some of them even assume that Dair won't last long o that they are simply there to prevent their beloved Chair from living happily ever after. But I don't accept that.
The producers have wanted Dair for a really long time. They kept putting it off because they didn't think it was the right time. Clearly, Dair are NOT merely something they've thrown together as a secondo thought o for lack of something better. They have solidly built and re-built Dair since Season 4, o maybe even earlier than that. That's far longer than any other couple on GG; Chair, Derena, Serenate, and Danessa: not one of them have received such a lengthy and progressive build-up as Dair has. Would they really have spent so long on Dair at this stage in the mostra if they DIDN'T want them to be together in the end?? Because if they don't, then they're just wasting their time. There's no point to the relationship, all the epiosodes leading up to Blair's choice really mean nothing, and they would have been just as well to put Chair fan out of their misery da staging yet another (short-lived) CB reunion.
It seems to me that if the writers wanted a CB endgame, then they wouldn't have created such a formidable opponent in the shape of Dair. I think the biggest clue about Dair might lie in 4x18. Blair has been 'hiding' from the world since she kissed Dan. She lounges in bed, feigning some mysterious illness, refusing to see anyone, including Chuck. Her reason? "Something happened recently that revealed my future and I've been hiding ever since because I don't want to deal with it."
Do I believe that Blair's moment of perspective - her baciare with Dan which she describes as "life-changing", revealed that her future lay with Chuck? No way. If that were true, she wouldn't have studiously avoided him. Blair WANTS to be with Chuck. If her baciare with Dan leads to a moment of revelation in which she discovers she actually belongs with Chuck, NOT Dan, then it's the green light she's been waiting for. If Blair honestly knew that her future was with Chuck, she wouldn't have hesitated to go to him right away instead of lying in letto like a heart-sick teenager. However, because she is still in denial about her feelings for Dan, she takes it as a sign that because she wishes the baciare was with Chuck instead, then that must mean she should be with him. What's the Blair Waldorf term? Ah yes. "Warped logic."
But Blair knows her cuore - and her future - is not with Chuck. Sure, at that point, she chooses him because that's what she feels sicuro, cassetta di sicurezza and comfortable with, but every time they make plans for their 'forever', fate intervenes and they end up paying the price. Chuck refuses to let go of Blair's engagement ring and gets shot at the end of Season 3. As they're speeding off to start their new life together, there's an accident, and Blair loses her baby in Season 5. Contrary to what they want to believe, Chair are just NOT meant to be together.
I concede that Chair will always be an important part of each other's lives, and will probably always Amore each other to some degree. But that doesn't mean they'll be IN Amore with each other. I know te can give equally valid reasons for a Chair endgame as well, but I want Dair. OK, their story didn't start with sex in limos and grand romantic gestures, but Dair have something Chair don't have. Dair complement each other. Dan centres Blair. She can be herself with him. She doesn't need to be locked in a battle of wills to prove a point o 'win' something. She doesn't need to justify her Amore da giving him up. Their relationship isn't characterised da game-playing and endless, unfulfilled longing to make what they have 'passionate' and 'intense'. Blair can be her most vulnerable with Dan - even before they started hanging out he saw past her defences and realised there was much più to her than met the eye. She trusts him in a way she has never been able to trust Chuck, and that is why she is always going to him in times of trouble, because she knows he'll come through for her when she needs him most. She feels honoured da Dan because he loves and cares for her as she is - faults and all. Unlike the doomed Chair, who are constantly trying to hold onto the fantasy of their love, Dair are the real deal. They both know how it feels to be heartbroken and to Amore someone who is out of reach. They've both been let down and treated badly in the past da people they've cared deeply about and have put first in their lives. They bring out the best in each other. Dair are good for each other. Chair are not. Chair represent the tragic, unfulfilled, damgaged Amore which looks fetching in poesia libri and mythology, but is a total mess in the real world. Dair don't need complications, games o power struggles. They can just be together, and find happiness in one another and the simple things in life. In 3x18, Blair tells Chuck: "I want what Dorota and Vanya have: love. Pure and simple love."
In the same episode, Dorota tells Blair she hopes one giorno she will have "a right love, a good love." Dair is that love. Maybe Chair had the potential to be that "right love" a long time ago, but they don't anymore. Chair are the past, not the future. The future is DAIR.
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