Glee Season 4: New Challenges, New Enemies, Old Status

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We're mere hours removed from the emotional end of Glee Season 3. But it's not too soon to talk and speculate about Glee Season 4, is it?

In a recent interview with Vulture - the same one that teased American Horror Story Season 2 - creator Ryan Murphy offered up a few tidbits and spoilers regarding plans for the show's return this fall.

Glee Season Finale Scene

"I will say the story for season four gets back to the underdog status and that will appease people, maybe," Murphy said, answering critics who believe Glee partially lost its way when New Directions grew too successful.

Murphy also responded to the words of Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly, who said last week at the network's upfront that Glee would go the a "creative renaissance" next year, clearly a dig at season three.

"Kevin wants a Glee that’s about Top 40, pop culture, big stars. So I know that he loved the end of this season, and I went and pitched him the next season and I think he loves it because it’s very pop-culture-based."

Finally, Murphy addressed two non-graduating characters: Will and Sue, played, of course, by Matthew Morrison and Jane Lynch.

"What I like is they will no longer be playing the same stories. Jane needs to get a new enemy and fast. Same for Matt. Matt has to have a new challenge and a new thing. We did not want to repeat the formula we’ve done. The show will be very different, but I think very satisfying."

Are you intrigued by these teases? Ponder them, react to them and give Glee Season 3 a grade now:

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Glee Quotes

You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.

Sue

[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.

Rachel