Spotted: Our beloved Upper East Siders, all grown up and graduated. Though high school may be behind them, a future of love, scandal and, of course, secrets awaits.
Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) spent her summer in Europe. But it wasn't her shopping sprees that made her the new darling of the paparazzi. As the first day of Brown approaches, Serena will have to decide whether she's ready to give up her new life as a celebutante to begin another as a college freshman. And a visit from bad boy Carter Baizen (guest star Sebastian Stan) will uncover the real reason for her transformation.
Meanwhile, Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester) and Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick) finally declared their love for each other. But this isn't a couple that would ever be content spending their summer holding hands at the movies. And how they spent their summer may be the thing that saves them or the wedge that drives them apart.
Jenny Humphrey (Taylor Momsen) traded in her Brooklyn loft for an Upper East Side penthouse when her dad, Rufus (Matthew Settle), got engaged to Lily van der Woodsen Bass (Kelly Rutherford). It's the perfect address for the new Queen Bee of Constance Billard. But just because Blair gave Jenny that title doesn't mean the other girls at school aren't going to fight for it. And will Jenny be willing to pay the price it takes to be queen?
Things are looking up for Dan (Penn Badgley). NYU is the perfect place for this high school geek to redefine himself. But a return visit from "friend" Georgina Sparks (guest star Michelle Trachtenberg) will make things more than a little bit complicated.
Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) has found a new flame, southern belle Bree Buckley (guest star JoAnna Garcia). Unfortunately, her family and Nate's family despise each other. Will they be able to conquer their family rivalries? Were Romeo and Juliet?