And it looks like people on TikTok have too, after users took to the social media platform recently to discuss the massive hint about Gossip Girl's identity in the first episode.
In case you need a refresher, none other than Dan Humphrey is unmasked as the face behind the gossip blog in the final episode of the series. Yep, despite it not actually making that much sense, Serena van der Woodsen's boyfriend is eventually revealed as the 2000s equivalent of TMZ.
But a new TikTok reveals it actually shouldn't have come as that much of a surprise, considering some hints that are dropped in the first episode. As @yussijuice2.0 noticed, when we're first introduced to Gossip Girl in the pilot episode as the voiceover is asking "And who am I? That's one secret I'll never tell", the camera actually pans to Dan sat behind a laptop screen.
Now that you've seen it, it basically couldn't be any more obvious.
People in the comments were also pointing out other ways Dan's true identity was hinted at early on, like the fact he's at Grand Central Station when Serena arrives back in NYC (suspicious or coincidental?), and the fact that despite his sister Jenny referring to him as "the invisible man", he's still written about in the gossip column.
But then again, maybe it's not as obvious as you might think - considering the creators of the show later revealed they actually hadn't decided on Dan as Gossip Girl until much later on.
"I always thought it was Eric [van der Woodsen] until the end of season two, and I even guided it that way," Joshua Safrn told Vulture. "But when the New York Post revealed it was Eric — and I still don’t know how that happened, I think they were just guessing — and we realised we couldn’t go down that road anymore, so we abandoned him."
Ahh, so that's why Dan makes no sense.
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