It seems like just yesterday that Glee's Finn (Cory Monteith) and Puck (Mark Salling) were rocking to Bruce Springsteen's "Glory Days" and getting their diplomas with the rest of the graduating seniors. But in just a few short months, a whole new crop of New Directions seniors will be turning their tassles.
During a visit to the Fox musical dramedy on Wednesday, executive producer Dante DiLoreto revealed the McKinley High Class of 2013 will include Blaine (Darren Criss), Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz), Artie (Kevin McHale), Brittany (Heather Morris) — for realz this time — and possibly Sam (Chord Overstreet). So does that mean Rachel (Lea Michele) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) should make room in their Brooklyn loft for some new roomies? Not necessarily. "I wouldn't be surprised if [you find] another cast member or a few other cast members ... in New York. That story has yet to reveal itself, but it seems like one of those natural conclusions," DiLoreto said. "Just like we all do in high school, they're going to different places and hopefully those are stories that we can blossom."
Ushkowitz revealed she would like to see Tina in particular go to the Big Apple. "In all honesty, Tina was, for the last three seasons, the underdog of the underdogs," she said. "She got crapped on a little bit. ... It made her so much stronger this season as a senior with so much more confidence. I want kids to be able to see that girl who they relate with come up in the world and gain this different confidence that she never thought she had before, and to go and maybe pursue New York because most people wouldn't guess that she'd be the one to succeed."
McHale also can see Artie following in Rachel and Kurt's footsteps, but to achieve a very different goal than many of his glee club counterparts. "It seems natural that he would maybe pursue the whole directing thing," he said.
Overstreet, on the other hand, said he could see Sam going down to Nashville — which he noted is not a terrible drive from Ohio. "Once I graduate, I'd probably save up a little money, get back on the pole. But then, I don't know, maybe I would move down to Nashville and do some country music," Overstreet said. "I think Sam likes his country music. I'm certainly a country music fan."
However, the award for most inventive answer definitely went to Morris. "I want my character to go to jail," she said. "There should be an episode where she just raises her hand and is like, 'I have to go to the bathroom,' and she never shows back up and you show her later and she's like in jail."
So what else is coming for the New Directions past and present in the meantime? Read on for more spoilers:
Someone's getting married: The New Directions have had plenty of memorable whiteboard lessons. However, this next Valentine's Day will bring an interesting new challenge for the glee club: a wedding?!DiLoreto and the cast could not ignore that word scrolled in big black marker across the whiteboard in McKinley High's choir room. "I think it's fair to say there is romance in the air. There is a wedding in the air,"DiLoreto said. "There are also some things that are going to shock the heck out of you."
A new love for Finn? After Rachel and Finn's emotional break-up and awkward reunion backstage at Grease, it sounds like a reconciliation isn't in the cards just yet. Producers hope to keep Dean Geyer, who plays Rachel's new-maybe boyfriend Brody, around for "a while." But don't shed a tear for Finn just yet. "I think that romance is going to play a part in his future too and where that takes us has yet to be determined," DiLoreto said of Monteith's character.
Brittana isn't getting back together anytime soon: Despite the online fury to the contrary, Morris says she prefers Brittany and Santana (Naya Rivera) as just friends. "It's more like we were just best friends and she was the only person that kind of stuck with me," Morris said. "It's good that she moved on and kind of gave me room to figure it out because I don't think that they were great for each other even though they were best friends. I think Sam kind of gives her more room to just be herself and that's a lot of fun. I think Santana was just like so serious for her that she couldn't just be weird, but her and Sam together are just really weird."
And neither is Klaine: "It's good to have some troubled water," Criss said. "I think it's good to show young people especially that really strong relationships — when they do part — it's not necessarily the end. It's sort of a new chapter for both people. I like that they're very much staying in each other's lives." Although Criss likes their time apart, he is still holding out hope for a happy ending. "Of course, I want to see them together in the end. Duh," he said.
But there may be a personal rough patch ahead for Blaine: When asked what he would like his character to do post-graduation, Criss was unsure, except to say he really wants to see Blaine work for it. "Regardless of where it goes, I would like to see Blaine struggle. He's a very privileged young lad who went to a private school, probably has a bit of money. Big things happen for him all the time that I'd like, if he does have everything going for him, [for him] to realize that things don't get handed to you," Criss said. "You have to work really hard. Things aren't served to you on a silver platter."
Glee airs on Thursdays at 9/8c on Fox. What do you want to see for the New Direction seniors?
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