Glee Season 5 Christmas Episode: No Time Jump After All? — How It’ll Work
The great Glee Christmas mystery of 2013 has been solved! In light of Season 4’s wonky halfway-through-the-school-year ending, we figured we just weren’t going to get a Glee Christmas episode this year. After all, the show’s timeline is currently somewhere around May. There’s no way December could get here so quickly.
Then, we got confirmation that Glee Season 5, Episode 8 will indeed be a Christmas ep. But how is that working, exactly? We figured Glee would have to fall back on some sort of a time jump. Now, it’s looking like the show has found a different workaround.
The December 8 Christmas episode will be billed as a “lost” or “unaired” episode. This means Glee’s timeline gets to stay on track — we’ll still get graduation, end of school year, and all that — without having to lose the annual Christmas special. (We get to have our holiday cake and eat it, too! But the peppermint kind, please, not that weird candied fruit stuff.)
Ryan Murphy gave the first signs of this time-bending plot twist with a tweet he sent out back on October 18. “Who wants to see Glee's NEVER BEFORE AIRED Xmas special? Too hot for TV,” he wrote.
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At the time, we were all sorts of confused. But Darren Criss (Blaine) recently offered a bit of clarification in a November 5Broadway World interview. When asked if this never before aired special actually exists, Darren replied: "I'll just say: sort of,” adding, “Yes. There is a Christmas episode that is unaired."
We’ve heard unconfirmed reports on Glee fan sites that Episode 8 will be titled, “Previously Unaired Christmas.” All of this seems to point towards Glee filming a new Christmas episode, but setting it back in time and labeling it as unaired.
This all sounds well and good, except for one glaring issue: How will Finn’s (Cory Monteith) absence be explained? We can’t see him not returning for the holidays, no matter where else he may have been at that point.
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