Glee Season 4: Rory, Santana, Puck, and Sam — Is Their Return Official Yet? (UPDATE)
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Glee Season 4: Rory, Santana, Puck, and Sam — Is Their Return Official Yet? (UPDATE)

Update: Mark Salling (Puck), Chord Overstreet (Sam), Naya Rivera (Santana), and MORE have all returned for Season 4. However, Damian McGinty (Rory) is off the show, with the exception of one confirmed appearance in the Thanksgiving episode.

Keep up on all the latest Glee Season 4 scoop here.

Original story: We are so very happy to know that some of our favorite McKinley High students will be back for Season 4, but we have to wonder... What about the rest of them?

Naya Rivera (Santana Lopez) spilled the news via Twitter that she’s likely making it back for another year, saying, “Super excited about working on glee for another year! Season 4 is going to be great! Ryan just filled me in on the new ideas. #iheartglee.” [Note: Her return still has not been officially announced.]

Plus, last we checked there were more seniors in this glee club than Rachel, Finn, Santana and Kurt... And they include in their numbers some serious fan favorites!! Brittany! Puck! Quinn! MIKE CHANG!!
Luckily, creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that each of the main Glee characters will be back at some point during Season 4. However, it's still unclear if they'll be back for just one episode, or for many more to come. However, Naya Rivera (Santana), Darren Criss (Blaine), and Jenna Ushkowitz's (Tina) chances of staying on full-time as series regulars are looking pretty good. All three attended the 2012 Fox Upfronts on May 14, and while this does not confirm series regular status, it does serve as pretty encouraging evidence.

So what about the rest of the cast? E! Online caught up with Mark Salling (Puck) at the TCAs in January and it sounds like so far the fates of the remaining players might be uncertain. Mark told E!, “It’s just nice to really be able to work with the people I do and have the job I do. I feel blessed. And if they want to have me back, I’d love to.”

Hmm, that sounds like prime question-evading, if you ask us! Guess we’ll just have to wait and see what Ryan Murphy has up his sleeve for them... and hope they are included in the “revolutionary” twist that’s coming for the rest of the graduating seniors!

Glee Season 4: Rory, Santana, Puck, and Sam — Is Their Return Official Yet? (UPDATE)
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Meanwhile, a couple of part-timers are also awaiting news on their Glee futures. Both Chord Overstreet (Sam) and Damian McGinty (Rory) told Zap2it that they have yet to hear if they’ll be sticking it out for Season 4, but are hoping for the best. “I’ve never heard my grade mentioned, so who knows,” Chord told them when asked about his currently recurring character, Sam. “Right now I’m just taking it day by day.”

And Damian — never one to back down from declaring his excitement for all things Glee — added, “I’m working hard and I want to become a series regular next year. That’s what I’m aiming towards. Haven’t heard anything yet.”

We’re pretty sure keeping their familiar faces in the mix while all the transition ensues at the start of next season would be a wise choice — but who knows what Ryan Murphy has planned! And if the other seniors aren’t guaranteed spots in the action, what can we infer about the roles that the returning seniors will have?? So many questions!

Sources: E! Online, Zap2it

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