Let the Glee mystery begin!
Creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy has dropped quite the unexpected little bomb about the Fox hit’s sixth and final season:
It won’t be New York-centric. It will jump forward in time. And it will directly involve only a handful of core characters—although Murphy insists that for the final year, “anybody who wants to come back can come back.”
“Everything sort of builds to a head [in the current season’s finale],” Murphy explained to a small group of reporters Monday. “I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that.”
Tonight’s episode, “Tested,” gives fans a flavor of what the new “young adult” era of Glee is about: The storylines are heartfelt, intimate and at times, funny, and center on more mature topics, like STD testing, and complex relationship drama for Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), and Sam (Chris Colfer), and Mercedes (Amber Riley).
Murphy admits the current season of Glee has had its kinks, but believes the show is undergoing a significant creative resurgence in the next few episodes.
“When Glee first started out, there were six kids in glee club as I recall,” Murphy told reporters. “At one point, I felt like it was a cast of thousands, and the Lima stories were all supposed to be through the prism of Cory [Monteith]’s character, and that didn’t work out. So you know, we had to punt for a little bit but I think once we got our bearings back, the idea of let’s concentrate on six people that we know and love and really work hard on their evolution I think has really served the show well. And that’s where we’re going.”
Murphy also revealed that writers are still grappling with the question of whether Rachel (Lea Michele) should get a new love interest after the tragic passing of Finn (Monteith), saying, “To be quite honest, we just haven’t been able to crack it,” and adding that he will once again look to Lea for direction. “She’s always been so sensitive and so wise in how to handle that stuff,” Murphy says.
Murphy also answered definitively whether there were any plans for a spinoff of any character after Glee ends, what fans can expect from the episode that Chris Colfer wrote (and how he might direct next season), and what Murphy is now planning for the very final scene of the series. Read on for the full scoop and conversation….
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