As we were preparing ourselves for tonight’s Glee episode — stocking up on super-absorbent tissues, pre-chewing ice cream, and licking envelopes for tear-filled letters — we came across a note from Darren Criss (Blaine) to fans on his Facebook page. Something about his complete outpouring of feelings made some people afraid at first that he was saying goodbye.
Tonight is the premiere of the dreaded break-up episode. For many Glee fans, I imagine there will more than reason to be sad. But cheer up, think of it this way: much of your support has allowed me to be on this show long enough to reach a breakup in the first place; it has created a relationship that people cared enough about whereby it was even worth writing an episode about its potential end. I never thought I would get to be around long enough for something like that. And I really have you, the fans to thank for it. It’s something to be proud of.
But OMG you guys, it’s okay! No matter what happens with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (and, um, did Darren just totally reveal the outcome on accident? Oops), Darren Criss isn’t going anywhere. He even posted comments on the post confirming that he’s staying put.
Besides thanking fans for keeping him on the show, he also revealed that the version of “Teenage Dream” he sang at Callbacks was his own arrangement! You can bet we’ll be showing up at any appearance of his to see it live.
What’s more, I was even asked to play my own arrangement of teenage dream for this episode- an acoustic piano version which so many of you have supported since I sang it as my first song on my very first episode. I started playing this version at shows as a sort of “thank you” to the fans, for making it such a big song for both myself and the show. It was the song that started everything.
Before signing off with “Your biggest fan,” Darren made us break down in happy tears (not to be confused with the angry, hurt, betrayed, heartbroken kind we’ll be shedding in just a few minutes).
So before the episode airs tonight, I thought it was only appropriate to write a fully fledged note to all of you that could express my deep appreciation for the past two years since that crazy phone call. I hope that this is just the beginning, and that I get to thank you many more times for many more adventures as the years roll by. But for now, know that I am so very grateful for everything you’ve given me, and I am very proud of what we have accomplished together. From teenage dream to teenage dream, thank you for allowing me to live mine.