Glee Creator Confirms: Characters WILL Graduate!

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Yes, Glee fans, the chatter is true: not all cast members will be around for season four.

Appearing on Ryan Seacrest's radio show today, Ryan Murphy confirmed what he had hinted at previously: "This next [season] will be their senior year, and then that [they] will graduate.... We didn’t want to have a show where they were in high school for eight years. We really wanted  to be true to that experience.”

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This means that Rachel, Finn, Quinn and Puck will all depart the show in May 2012. Or at least William McKinley High School. It wouldn't shock us if storylines followed a few characters to college, or NYC as hinted at in the finale.

New characters will be brought in to replace the originals, with Murphy saying Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch will remain “the male and female lynchpins of the series."

Overall, though, Glee “is a celebration of youth and talent," he said. "Finding those young unknown people and giving them an opportunity to break into the business and become stars is a really fun and exciting thing, and is the spirit of the series.”

Which senior will you miss the most, readers?

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GLEE without the duet of Rachel and Finn will be BORING. :c they were the people who drew me into watching this series. I think i will stop watching the series after season 3 if the storyline is fixed that the main characters will graduate :c


glee without rachel? weird

Gaby ee

@Jessica, I agree. A spin-off is the only thing that could make me happy if the characters leave the show, as even if they sometimes return that wouldn't be enough.


Seriously Ryan Murphy, Rachel, Kurt, Finn and the rest are what make Glee so awesome. Don't ruin it. Seriously, Schue is boring and I don't see him as the heart of the show. Sue is awesome, but she's not what drew me in to this...


I guess I'm not really a fan of glee. cause once Rachel graduates I'm gone. But Ryan has lied before.


Rachel Berry IS glee! :(


I don't want Rachel or Puck to leave. They are two of my favorites.Plus I thought Rachel was younger than Puck,Finn,and Quinn?
I think they should do a spin off :D
With Rachel,Puck,Santana since they are my favorites.
They could include others and it would be set in New York!
That would be the only way I would be okay with them graduating.


@Jay If it did look itself in the mirror it'd just confuse itself with High School Musical *groan*, depressing when the mighty fall. >:(


The "spirit" of the show has had so many makeovers, I doubt it can recognize itself in a mirror anymore...


The age of the actors is not an factor at all as to why they should leave the show. Its the age of the characters whom the majority of have started out as juniors. My final argument its time for the kids to graduate. Its not like theyll be off the show forever. This is their roots, where they come from, eventually in the future theyll come back home. Oh and by the way, SUE SYLVESTER IS NOT EXPENDABLE. NOT EVEN CLOSE.

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