We still have several weeks to go before we bid farewell to Glee Season 5, but show creator Ryan Murphy and the rest of his team are already hard at work and the show's sixth and final season.
As a matter of fact, Ryan knew how the series was going end when it began on FOX nearly five years ago, but the ending he had first envisioned — with Rachel (Lea Michele) returning to Lima from Broadway and greeting McKinley Glee Club leader Finn (Cory Monteith) — has had to be reworked following Cory's death from a drug overdose last July.
Still, in a chat with TVLine and a few other outlets, Ryan revealed that he and his staff have settled on a new ending for the series, one which involved ditching McKinley and its diverse student body roughly halfway through Season 5.
Ryan explains that difficult decision, noting, "I've spoken about it before, but the big plan of what the series was going to be and how it was going to end was radically changed when Cory passed away. Finn was going to sort of take over the glee club, and Rachel was going to be off having her New York adventures. When Cory passed away, part of the story as we had imagined it didn't make sense anymore, really. It felt sad, to be quite honest. We collectively — Brad, Ian, and myself — made a decision that the freshest thing to do was a complete, clean start. We accelerated all those New York stories, and I think that was the right choice. I think that gave the show a burst of new energy. It feels like a new show to me in that it's much more young-adult than it's ever been."
Honestly, we couldn't agree more. Though the ratings unfortunately haven't reflected it, we think the NY-centric episodes of Season 5 have been some of the series' best since Season 1. The show is back to focusing on characters that we truly care about, and the over-the-top musical numbers and outlandish storylines have been replaced with songs that once again relate to the events of the hour and heartwarming character developments.
Even though we prefer the original crew to New Directions 2.0, it's clear that these newbies didn't really get a great send-off. They just graduated. But if you're looking for some resolution with Marley (Melissa Benoist), Ryder (Blake Jenner), Unique (Alex Newell), Kitty (Becca Tobin), and the others, we have some excellent news for you: Expect to see them again in Season 6!
"At some point before the show is concluded, we will definitely catch up with those characters again. We really loved all of those actors, and they did a great service to the show," Ryan says of the newbies. "So I think at some point, before we're done, we'll see many of them again and find out where they are and check in with them and see how being a part of that glee club legacy affected their lives, as we do with our original characters."
Given Glee's propensity to introduce characters and storylines only to completely forget about them later — remember Rory? — we're glad these characters will get some much-needed resolution to their storylines.
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Glee Season 5 airs Tuesday nights on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.