Time stops for no one, even those spunky kids on Glee. Ryan Murphy confirmed last Friday that the majority of the New Directions will be graduating at the end of next season and leaving the show. Which, more than likely, means the end of Brittana as we know it.
Glee co-creator and chief fandom instigator Ryan Murphy reiterated his pledge to graduate almost the entire Glee club at the end of season 3 on On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Friday.
The thing that I wanted to do and the cast wanted to do, we didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for 8 years. We really wanted it to be true to that experience. We thought it would be really cool if we were true to the timeline….
We’ve got Matt Morrison and Jane Lynch who will stay and be the male and female lynchpins of the series, but I think the fun thing about the show is it’s a celebration of youth and talent and I think that just like with the original cast, I think finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing and is the spirit of the series.
Right, so first we need to process our feelings about this. Naturally. Crying. Gnashing of teeth. Denial. Scheming. Crying some more.
Of course the question of exactly who will be graduating hasn’t exactly been answered, though it seems clear that Rachel, Quinn, Kurt, Finn, Puck and Santana will be matriculating come next May. When pressed to get specific by Entertainment Weekly today he said:
EW: So the ENTIRE class will graduate by the end?
RM: To that I would say there are some people who are not seniors and there are some people that are REALLY intellectually challenged. Like, you know that Britney is pulling straight Fs.
EW: Who’s NOT a senior? Chord?
RM: Chord is not a senior. I believe Darren is not a senior. There’s a group of them. But this year we will be adding new people.
OK, so, here comes more crying and gnashing of teeth. This means they’ll be more than likely breaking Brittany and Santana up at the end of next season as one leaves and one stays. This is totally killing my dreams of having a Brittana spin-off in college called Lebanese Until, After and Before Graduation.
Murphy has already said that next season the new Glee writing staff will be focusing on the new freshman class coming in (including the winner of the reality competition The Glee Project and two new female parts who have yet to be cast). Sue Sylvester will be up to more trouble, which includes a run for Congress. Murphy also told EW:
I’ll be honest with you: Glee is going to be different this year than it was last year. It’s going to go back to the broadcast model of the first season where there was a fall semester and there was a spring semester. I don’t know what we’re going to do with the spring semester because we’re having so much fun with the fall semester right now…
This year, the thing that’s different is we’re doing a lot of stories with characters that people love but don’t know a lot about. There will always be huge stories with Lea. There will always be huge storylines with Chris Colfer. But like I wanna know more about Tina and Mike. I wanna know more about Mercedes. We have a great storyline planned for Sue which will involve the Glee Project winner who will become the person Sue has hated the most in the entire history of her life. She’s done destroying the Glee club and she just wants to destroy the Glee Project winner!
Sue’s greatest nemesis will be a high school freshman? That’s kind of weird. Sounds sort of like a King Herod and a slaughter of the innocents thing to me. Also, as much as I love Tina and Mercedes (and Mike, well at least his dancing), but we will forever and ever hope, lobby and pray for more Brittany and Santana in our Glee.
What do we know about Life After Brittana, as I will now be calling the fourth season? Don’t expect any of the graduating seniors to return in any capacity on the show. Murphy gave EW a flat-out “I don’t think that I like that idea” when asked about the possibilities.
Granted, this bring a whole new crop in every few years concept has worked elsewhere. Skins has brilliantly deployed this strategy through three generations of students now. But with Glee it has yet to be seen whether the concept can outlive its beloved characters.
So, what do you think? Sad about the graduating seniors? Excited for a new class? Still shaking and crying about the news that Brittany and Santana probably won’t be college roomies. Of course, this means Rachel and Quinn could be roomies, which I’m sure has launched a thousand fan fics as we speak. Discuss.