The second season of the HBO Max original Gossip Girl is a lot closer than you think and expect to see more of a fan-favorite character.

The sophomore season of the hit series is set to debut on Thursday, Dec.1.

Season 1 of Gossip Girl debuted on HBO Max in July 2021. The series is developed by showrunner Joshua Safran and based off the bestselling novels by Cecily von Ziegesar.

Here’s an official logline:

It’s the second semester of Junior year and Gossip Girl is leaving no stone unturned in her effort to control the scandalous lives/ spin the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite. She’s learned a thing or two from her first go-round — namely what her audience wants, they shall get. It’s time for her to turn the heat up on what’s been simmering (Julien, have you met Monet?) as well as look at her own impact, and how she can make it more catastrophic than it was before. Even if that means lying to do it. Old enemies, new allies, constantly shifting sands — this semester, there can only be one queen, and by the end of the school year, everyone will know where the bodies are buried, and just who has been holding the shovel. 

Season 2 cast includes:

Jordan Alexander, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty, Tavi Gevinson, Emily Alyn Lind, Evan Mock, Zion Moreno, Whitney Peak and Savannah Lee Smith. Grace Duah, who recurred in season 1, has been upped to series regular.

Original Gossip Girl star Michelle Trachtenberg is set to guest star.

Check out the first look images below.

Photo: HBO Max
Photo: HBO Max