Gossip Girl teaser features in HBO Max promo
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Gossip Girl fans were thrilled when the reboot arrived on HBO Max on July 8, and it has already gone down a huge hit. The reboot brought viewers back to a familiar world, but this time they were introduced to a whole new cast. Express.co.uk has all you need to know about Rebecca (played by Sarah Baskin).
Who is Rebecca Sherman in Gossip Girl?
The new teen drama is a sequel to the original Gossip Girl series, which aired between 2007 and 2012 and is still one of the most influential shows of its time.
The latest adaptation saw the return of Kristen Bell as the narrator, an anonymous blogger known only as “Gossip Girl”.
The reboot is set almost a decade after the conclusion of the original series, which has the aim of showing how much social media has influenced relationships.
Showrunner Joshua Safran confirmed the series was set in the same world where the original characters existed, and they can be referenced in the new episodes.
Fans are keen to find out more about a mysterious character, Rebecca, who appeared in the first episode.
Rebecca claims to be an alum of the Class of ’09, which is the same year that Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and the rest of the original gang graduated from high school.
However, fans are failing to remember her from the original series and they have raised questions over her story.
At the start of the episode, she is heard telling her peers and teachers about “Gossip Girl” and how she posed as a constant threat.
She says: “If she knew your secrets, and she always did, she told them. She kept us all accountable. People thought it was me, but it was actually one of my classmates, Dan Humphrey.”
Thankfully, Joshua Safran, who created the reboot, has cleared things up regarding Rebecca’s identity.
He told The Wrap: “It’s such a very deep Easter egg, I assumed that nobody would know.
“Unfortunately, her full name would make you know her if you Googled it. But I couldn’t get her full name in. I tried and I just couldn’t [get the characters to] say, ‘Rebecca Sherman, you went to school here?’
“But Rebecca Sherman is the name of the character at the end of Season 2 that they briefly think could be Gossip Girl before they think that it is Eric’s boyfriend.”
Fans can watch episode 25 of season two of the original series to find answers, as the episode features the high school graduation.
The teens were trying to find out the identity of Gossip Girl before starting college, and they suggested Rebecca Sherman.
In the original series, Rebecca is never seen on screen and she is only referenced verbally by the other characters.
This may be why fans fail to recognise her, despite her connection to the original show.
Fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the first episode, as well as the Easter Egg twist.
One said: “Sure, I wrote about the way the new #GossipGirl links back to the original crew, but what I really want to talk about is that excellent “Rebecca Sherman” Easter Egg!”
Another added: “She’s come a long way from the Graduating class or 2009 and being a Gossip Girl suspect. Rebecca Sherman now teaching at Constance Billard/St. Jude’s. Nice Easter egg.”
It took fans a while to realise Rebecca had never been seen on screen in the original series.
One fan added: “Rebecca? Who was she in the OG Gossip Girl??” Only the character’s first name was referenced in the reboot.
Another viewer said: “@gossipgirl not me going back and rewatching S.2 E.25 for this. Also, thank you subtitles for that full name. Rebecca Sherman, class of ’09, reviving.” [Sic]
The remaining episodes will air weekly on HBO Max, with the series being released on the BBC in the UK later this year.
Gossip Girl airs on Thursdays on HBO Max.
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