When we ran into Ed Westwick backstage at the Tommy Hilfiger men’s show on Friday, we demanded some good Gossip Girl spoilers, as we're wont to do. But security surrounding Gossip Girl scripts has gotten so tight, Westwick couldn't help us. “We’ve actually been getting secret scripts," he explained. "I’ll get one with my lines on it, and then the script that everybody else gets is all x’d out. So, top secret stuff right now, very top secret.” Westwick said the slashed-out scripts are a new security measure, and he doesn't know why it has been implemented.
Later that evening at the Diet Pepsi Style Studio launch, Kelly Rutherford confirmed Westwick's story: "They’re actually crossing out parts of the script, and we won’t even get it until the day we’re shooting. They’re all red, and you can’t copy them. They won’t even tell us [what's going to happen] anymore."
Matthew Settle stopped by, and he had two theories about the script clampdown. "Maybe the writers aren’t sure what they’re going to write yet, because they want to be up to date," he said. "I mean, who knows what’s going to happen in Egypt, and what they might have to use as a social reference for the show. So there’s that aspect." His other idea? "They don’t want it leaking. They’ve gotten tight with everybody in the cast. In the past, there were too many loose lips sinking ships."