“I feel nothing, when I see her and Louis, or when I jump off a building, or when I crash a motorcycle, even you don’t irritate me. Is being dead that much worse than being nothing?” — Chuck, 5.05 Beauty and the Feast
“It’s not fair. He’s alive, but I feel dead inside without him.” — Blair, 5.11 The End of the Affair?
“You were right. I was a coward running away again.”
“Someone did love you. And… you owe it to her, and everyone else you’re leaving behind not to run away. Which is what you’re doing. And I don’t think that great man you’re talking about wanting to be is a coward. I think he would face up to what he did.”
“But everywhere I went, you caught up with me.”
“Your world would be easier if I didn’t come back.” “That’s true. But it wouldn’t be my world without you in it.”
“So I had to come back.”
2.25 The Goodbye Gossip Girl & 4.02 Double Identity
Idea by thefuturemaynevercomecb. What I find interesting is that the original script for the I Love You scene in 2.25 included “I’m not Chuck Bass without you.” instead of in 3.01, and I remember how people parallel it to “It wouldn’t be my world without you in it.” Either way, it still ties in to their whole narrative of identity and loss.
This incomplete and spoilery parallel is requested by iszy and based on this post:
The Journey to “I love you too”
In 1.07 Nate did not say “I love you” to Blair and did not want to. In 2.01 Chuck did not say “I love you” to Blair but wanted to. In 2.08 Dan sabotaged Chuck and Blair from saying “I love you” In Season 2, Nate told Blair “I love you” before Chuck did. In 2.25 Chuck finally said “I love you too”
The Journey to an Engagement
In 1.07/1.08 Nate did not propose to Blair (give her the the van der Bilt ring) and did not want to. In 3.22 Chuck did not successfully propose to Blair but wanted to. In 3.22 Dan sabotaged Chuck’s proposal. In Season 4, Louis successfully proposes to Blair before Chuck does? What happens next? You tell us.
Chuck & Blair have been caught off guard by each other’s words, but are stuck more than ever in their fairytales and tragedies because they don’t think they’ll ever work. Both are game-changing scenes, but there needs to be an even bigger fuse to be lit if they’re course-correcting towards each other for good. What will it be?
Blair: What if we need games? What if without them we’re boring? Chuck: We can never be boring. Blair: You say that, but I know you. You’re Chuck Bass. Chuck: I’m not Chuck Bass without you. — 3.01 Reversals of Fortune
Harvey: Look, I need you. Donna: Need? Harvey: Need. Donna: Well, what about Jessica? Harvey: Already signed off. Donna: How did you get her to do that? Harvey: Because I told her I can’t be me without you. Donna: No, you didn’t. Harvey: Well, I thought it, and she knows it. — 2.09 Asterisk
Chuck said this to Blair in 2.15. Since then, they’ve pretended to be a married* couple twice: the first time in 3.21 distracting Dr. Holland Kemble by initiating an impromptu therapy session* and the second time in 4.22 crashing a bar mitzvah by taking someone else’s name tags**. Between the times those two episodes took place, Blair had known about Chuck’s attempts to propose to her, also twice (4.02 and 4.20***).
Another parallel: Chuck trying to hold Blair’s hand to “play the part” and Chuck reaching for Blair’s hand, then kissing it, then successfully holding it as they danced the horah.
* I know you don’t have to be married to be in couples therapy but it’s more common. ** Does anybody know what the names were? I don’t have subtitles and can’t hear them properly. *** Not exactly a proposal, or the most horrible one ever.