Blake spoke to The Hollywood Reporter and confirmed that his character will be an existing student at McKinley. Blake feels that he and Ryder will have a fair amount in common, saying, “It’s pretty much my story kicked up a notch: I was an athlete in high school, and I was a nice guy who was there for my friends, and this character really embodies all of that.”
So how is it that Ryder ends up in New Directions, considering that they already held tryouts in last week’s episode? Blake says there will be some serendipity involved, especially since Ryder doesn’t really view singing as a priority. “It's exciting to see how he has no interest in singing, it's probably the last thing on his mind, and all of it comes together,” Blake says.
And that’s all well and good, but what we really want to know is: Who the heck will Ryder be dating?! As expected, Blake played it coy, only confirming that, on the show, “I do like someone, and you see that.” Sigh. We suppose we’ll just have to be patient, which is something we do not enjoy doing.