It’s hard to believe Gossip Girl premiered more than 10 years ago. What is also still hard for fans of the CW series to grasp is that “lonely boy” Dan was also the anonymous blogger, aka Gossip Girl, the whole time.

Though we may not be happy with the popular CW series’ choice to make Dan Gossip Girl, we couldn’t help but recount the clues that prove Dan was blogging all of his friends’ exploits all along.  Though many fans  (us included) were beyond surprised at the show’s biggest revelation, we did find clues that actually point out Serena van der Woodsen’s beau was Gossip Girl… and it’s all in the pilot episode! Yes, the first ever episode of GG pretty much told the audience in so many words that Dan was Gossip Girl. Therefore, we all gloriously suffered for six seasons trying to figure out Gossip Girl’s identity when it was revealed in the very first episode.

Even Penn Badgley was surprised fans were so shocked by the reveal. “It made enough sense,” he told People magazine in 2015. “He was a writer.” Keep scrolling below to relive the seven times in the pilot episode that it was pretty obvious this handsome devil was the man behind the screen: 


The very first time.


“Save a tree. Have a blog.”


The camera shows Dan while Gossip Girl talks about her identity.


Stalker much?


Dan snatching Serena’s phone just proves his stalkerish tendencies.


The camera lingers on Dan when Gossip Girl is referenced… again.


Gossip Girl who?

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