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I was shocked. I loved the last scene, in fact it was one of the few Finchel moments that felt true, but as I sat there listening to 'Roots before branches' I kept thinking: Why such such an exclusively Berry ending? And why just Rachel? Kurt was every bit as obsessed about NYADA as she was, and his audition went far better than hers. Not to mention I still don't know when did we learn that Blaine was a junior and they would not be graduating together. Weren't they taking the same classes at Dalton? They did study together (watch the 'It's cold outside' scene from S2).

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Roots before Branches was written by Adam Anders and his wife. It fits Rachel and her struggles and all the things that she needed to do for herself. She has to know what she wants to do and to know where to head and how to live. Finn was right she has to find her own way. And I think he was speaking also about himself, but that was just a given. The writers have written Finn with one thing in mind and that is to redeem his dad's name. But I still don't believe enlisting in the army will be his choice. After all, Gle ends with cliffhangers for long hiatuses to return with a simple passing mention-like Quinn's accident. Just a guess, but it seems loistically impossible for Glee to cover that many locations in the future episodes. Lima, NY, and an army base. I don't think so. Until fall, happy summer.

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Also,@Kate, I disagree about Kurt being a sure thing to get into NYADA. Rachel has since a child prepared for this day with competitions of all kinds with trophies, community theater, lead in the musical, solos or part solo or duet in competitions in three years of HS, captain of 16 clubs in school and a 3.8 gpa at graduation. Kurt didn't prepare at all. Just a grat performance. Jesse had a great performance when he auditioned for Carmen but he didn't get accepted. As for Finn going in the army I don't think so. I believe Rachel assumed that, like when Finn didn't answer her question how he felt about their kisses s2. I think Mr Shue gave him an idea to use persuation with absence of denial. Drugs in Finn;s locker. Did everyone see the somber looks he gave Rachel knowing that they should not marry. It was the right thing to do. Rachel reluctantly knew it.

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I agree with what you've said. Finn knew that Rachel belonged in New York and as it was he would hold her back. Out of love he pushed her to go, knowing that if the truth be told she would have not gone. The only thing that makes this ending hard for me was that after everything she went threw changing from a selfish self-centered lonely girl(wishing for friends and acknowledgement) to a loving and thoughtful girl for her friends famil and loved ones. She thoght about Finn and Kurt's needs to find their futures and was willing to hold off on hers. A huge change in the girl that was to now.

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To add onto my mini rant: Rachel BELONGS on Broadway.And so does Kurt actually. I was very surprised that he didn’t get in (Finn not so much—I cringed watching his “audition” for Inside the Actor’s Studio). I actually thought no one would get in, since small envelopes from colleges mean rejection. He'll find some way to get to New York and hopefully NYADA. I do agree that the fact that they graduated BEFORE they received any responses was a stupid move on the writers’ part. I remember sending my application and knew about TWO weeks after. The only one they got really right was Quinn’s early admission into Yale. It almost seemed like the writers forgot they never gave the answers –almost like they did most of the plotlines in the season. Hopefully Season 4 will be better.

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First things first: We all knew that Rachel and Finn were not going to make it to the altar or a justice of the peace or any kind of wedding at all. And the fact that Finn realized that before she did shows how much he truly loves Rachel. That's what made me start to cry like a baby, because I would want someone to do the same to me. He knew that he would hold her back and stopped it from happening. Is going into the Army the smartest thing he's ever done? No, but I can understand that too, becasue it was for his dad. I can't say that I loved the whole episode, but I will say that I loved the ending scene. The ending song (which, to point out to the reviewer is NOT a Taylor Swift song) rings so true to everyone with big dreams like Rachel and symbolizes the fact that she NEEDED to leave Lima. I know some people hated this scene because it was all about Rachel but I feel like you needed to see her in New York, alone, and on her way. I smiled when I saw her walking along Broadway becasue she BELONGS there.

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The finale was just terrible, terrible writing. The writers this season were just awful. I loved Glee seasons 1 and 2, Glee season 3 had all these good things going for it and should have been the most exciting season yet. But no, all the great things we were hoping for- a Finchel wedding, a Wemma wedding, Sue's baby, Kurt Rachel and Finn going to New York- NONE of that happened.

The writers are no longer writing it for entertainment value. They're writing it to get viewers hopes up and then "psych! no, we're really doing this crappy ending."

Season 4 is going to be equally bad I think. Murphy's already saying Will's not getting married after all. *eye roll*

But I'll still keep watching because Joe and Brittany are still around.

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@gleeluvr I really like your passion but let's agree to disagree :) I've never made demands I just watch, but I'm not particularly excited about the direction the show is going in. I always thought Glee was about diversity and acceptance and I haven't thought that this season. Perhaps I keep repeating myself but it bothers me that the ethnic characters were so marginalised. If RIB admit that Glee is a show about combating homophobia plus Rachel/Finn drama, I'll accept that and enjoy it. I've never been able to stomach homophobia, it disgusts me. It's the fact that they claim to be inclusive and then ignore people of colour that bothers me (among other things). Their struggle matters too. I love all of the characters on the show but I don't enjoy it anymore because in my opinion RIB aren’t sincere.

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Again Darn! I think the writing has shown the path Glee intends to stay with. The symbol and metaphors of Glee=Rachel and Finn. This next season will be a lateral move to have emphasis on maturity of these 4 characters. McKinley will be images to reinforce their self confidence of what can be in the midst of confusion and underdog status. Glee club will have to start over with new kids hopefully not as many. I feel the focus will not be on them. We will have to see what comes s4 to know for sure what the new face of Glee will be. I'm all for a more mature show.

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Darn! I lost or never had interest in Bartie and Brittana. I love Santana. S3 was the start of peace and maturity, stories tied into others or flowed into a succeeding plot. Yeah, some started and dropped(Samcedes/Quinn's accident), but Glee introduced the more unified club with a drive and social awareness. Yes, I am a Rachel, Finn, Kurt, Santana, Finchel fan. But the writing has spoken that they are the main characters(Quinn was s1 but has faded into the background as has Puck, Will and Emma). Glee had 4 main plots s3 and completed them with cliffhangers. The more central the character is the more the cliffhanger IMO, thusly, Finchel separation with the unknown, Kurt and Santana unknown. Mercedes will be a back-up singer in LA(answered),Mike school(answered),Quinn at Yale(answered). The more and most central characters have cliffhangers-Kurt and Santana unknown, Finn and Rachel separate but Rachel in NY alone where Finn has no future plan. These 4 all have clifhangers. I think fandom propelled many secondary and background characters foward-ex Santana. But the vision of Glee's creators still intend to stay with their symbol and metaphor-Rachel and Finn.




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