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Blair forgave Chuck after he signed her up to sleep with his uncle, then he one-upped himself by sleeping with Little J. Serena neglected Nate, and then messed around with Dan. So when summer arrived, the love-weary girls escaped to Paris.

Can any of our Upper East Siders handle love? Oh, there will be plenty of Parisian trysts for S and B (including a Prince? Ooh la la), but expect to see the BFFs single, and less apt to mingle upon their return to New York, says Gossip Girl executive producer Stephanie Savage.

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It's no wonder: Their hearts exploded at the end of last season when the gang went into full self-destruction mode. Blair crumbled after discovering Chuck's latest sin, while Serena went on a careless bender — which included a sleepover with Dan, and Nate nowhere to be found — after being ditched by Daddy Dearest. Before the dust could settle, Blair, Serena and Chuck split for Europe (where, sacre bleu!, Chuck got shot), Nate found solace in Chuck's little black book, and Dan, well, found himself buried in work of a different kind.

And while Chuck (Ed Westwick) and Blair (Leighton Meester) will have a heated run-in while in Gay Paree, Savage says make no mistake, Blair will strike out on her own this year.

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"Blair is pretty clear with Chuck about her emotions," Savage says. "We're a long way from forgiveness and peace." Things between the volatile pair will continue to be complicated throughout the season, but Blair's focus will move to life at Columbia University. "She'll be thinking about her future... What she wants and who she wants to be, and whether she can be someone separate from Chuck."

Meanwhile, Serena (Blake Lively), like Blair, will be trying out the single life as she begins college. The question is, can she be alone? "I think that's her journey," Savage says. "Can she be defined without a man in her life? It's sort of a legacy she got from her mom, Lily, and they'll have a big story that will come to a head around Christmas. It'll delve into Serena's relationships, her romantic past and her underlying issues with her mom."

As for everyone else? Savage breaks it down, spoiler-style:

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Gossip Girl premieres Monday, Sept. 13 at 9/8c on CW. Do you think Blair and Serena can handle the single life? Sound off below.