When TVLine visited the show’s set on Wednesday, McKinley High and Rachel and Kurt’s New York City loft were decked out with Valentine’s Day balloons and decorations. Read on to find out what the cast and executive producer Dante Di Loreto had to say about the big episode, as well as graduation part deux, who’s getting back together, who’s staying broken up and more.
HERE COMES THE BRIDE | Referring to the whiteboard in the choir room with W-word written on it, Di Loreto confirmed, “There is a wedding in the air. What is exciting about this show is there are certain things about that are undeniable. There are certain things that you could sit home and think, I really want this to happen.” While all signs point to Will and Emma being the couple heading down the aisle, the EP noted, “There are some things that are going to shock the heck out of you.”
KLAINE CLEARS THE AIR | While Darren Criss believes “it’s good to have some troubled water,” he’s hoping for a Blaine and Kurt reconcilation… eventually. “Of course I want to see them together in the end,” he said. Following the Q&A, the actor revealed that the former lovebirds, who got some closure during the Christmas outing, will “suss out” their relationship status. “The coming episodes address that uncertainty,” he added. “They’re trying to define what they are.” In the meantime, Kurt will get a new love interest in the form of Oliver Kieran-Jones as the head of NYADA’s glee club, Adam’s Apples. “I don’t know if Blaine necessarily knows about [him],” said Criss, who says Blaine “strikes [up] a new relationship, not a romantic relationship – or maybe it is – with somebody who’s already been around, who is now more involved in Blaine’s life. They’ve kind of taken a new step in their relationship.”
BRITTANA NO MORE | Prepare yourself, Brittany/Santana lovers, because it doesn’t sound like the twosome will rekindle their romance anytime soon. “They’re friends, but they won’t get back together,” said Heather Morris. While the Cheerios were once in love and as close as can be, the actress thinks “it’s good that [Santana] moved on and gave me room to figure it out because I don’t think that they were great for each other. They’re best friends, but I think Sam gives her more room to just be herself. That’s a lot of fun. Santana was so serious for her that she really just couldn’t be weird.”
HERE TO STAY | Rachel’s NYC love interest, Brody, does not appear to be going anywhere. “We hope to keep [his portrayer Dean Geyer] around [on the show] for a while,” said Di Loreto. “We think he’s incredibly sexy. He sings and dances, as well. It’s a really interesting storyline. The show has blossomed creatively this year, being able to travel back and forth between New York and Lima. And we love having him here.” But perhaps not all hope is lost for Finchel lovers. After all, Di Loreto teased that “romance is going to play a part in [Finn's] future.”
GRADUATION DAY: THE SEQUEL | As the end of Season 4 nears, so does the end of high school for seniors Tina, Artie, Brittany and Blaine. So where will they end up? “I wouldn’t be surprised if another cast member or a few other cast members find them[selves] in New York [next season],” said Di Loreto. “That story has yet to reveal itself, but it seems [like] one of those natural conclusions. They’re all going to different places, just like we all do in high school, and hopefully those are stories that we can blossom.” Morris has her own unexpected idea for where she’d like to see her alterego to end up: “I want her to go to jail,” she shared.. “I think it’d be the best story ever!”
Executive producer Dante Di Loreto says the cast is open to touring again and previews an upcoming milestone ahead.
Finn will continue to lead New Directions but it’s a romance that will help play a role in his future, Glee executive producer Dante Di Loreto told reporters Wednesday during a visit to the Fox musical’s Hollywood set.
During a Q&A with critics to help close out the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, the cast and EP confirmed the Valentine’s Day wedding, defended new couple Brittany and Sam and teased that the Class of 2013 could follow in the footsteps of some of their former classmates. Here are 11 teasers from the cast.
1. Setting examples: Darren Criss still wants Blaine and Kurt to wind up together, despite the recent addition of Kurt’s new love interest, Oliver, in the Jan. 24 return episode. “The fact that they’ve been working hard to stay in each other’s lives is a good thing to show but of course I want to see them together in the end!” he told reporters Wednesday during a visit to the show’s Hollywood set. Criss added that showing the former duo’s friendship and acknowledging that they’re still in one another’s lives is “a good example to set.”
2. Wedding bells: As THR previously reported, the Valentine’s Day episode will feature awedding, exec producerDi Loreto confirmed. “It’s fair to say that there is romance in the air, there is a wedding in the air and what is exciting about the show is there’s certain things about the show that are undeniable. … There are also some things that are going to shock the heck out of you. That’s a the really fun part and that’s what’s coming down the pike.
3. Class of 2013: Brittany, Tina, Artie and Blaine are among the seniors who will be marching toward graduation this season, with Di Loreto expressing confidence in the Fox musical’s ability to capture its characters’ evolution. He teased that New York could be in the cards for some of the Class of 2013. “I wouldn’t be surprised if you find a few other cast members in New York,” he told reporters. “That story is yet to reveal itself but it seems like one of those natural conclusions. They’re all going in different places, just like we all do in high school and hopefully those are stories that we can blossom.”
4. Finn’s future: After discovering his passion and gift (despite New Directions’ recent loss) for teaching, Di Loreto said it was important to show the journey of someone besides McKinley’s students. “Revealing what the challenge is of being a teacher was really important to [Finn’s] story line,” he said. “Romance is going to play a part in his future, too, and where that takes us has yet to be determined.” Criss, meanwhile, said as of the Valentine’s Day episode, Finn is “still going strong” at the helm of New Directions. “It’s cool seeing him thrive and inspire,” he told THR
5. Milestones and touring, oh my! After taking a year off, Di Loreto said the cast is open to touring again. “We had an amazing time during the last tour and we’d all love the opportunity to do it again, it’s really about finding time to fit it into our lives,” he said. “There’s a milestone coming up that you’re all going to hear about very soon.” Color us interested.
6. Minefield! Asked about Santana and Brittany’s relationship, Heather Morris called the subject a “minefield.” “It’s like we were just best friends,” she said of the former couple’s romantic relationship. “I don’t think they were great for each other even though they’re best friends. Sam gives her more room to just be herself and that’s a lot of fun.” Morris also said Sam allows the ditzy Cheerio more room to really be “weird.” As for hope for the former lesbian couple, Morris told THR: “They’re friends but they won’t get back together, I don’t think.” Sad face.
7. Life after McKinley: Morris has hilarious plans for Brittany following her graduation — that is if the second-year senior graduates. “I want my character to go to jail,” she said to laughter. “There should be an episode where she raises her hand to go to the bathroom and never shows back up. Then you show her later and she’s in jail.” Hope her cellmate is equally amusing!
8. Backlash: Chord Overstreet says he understands the backlash to Sam’s romantic pairing with Brittany. “People care about a lot of things because it speaks to them and I feel like that kind of relationship a lot of people are invested in so they hate to see it go away,” he told THR of Brittany and Santana’s split. “But I also think there has to be a little separation to have that kind of tension to, ‘Are they going to get back together or are they not?’ It adds the drama you need. I don’t know who’s going to end up together but I think Sam and Brittany is funny because it gives a bit of comic relief. At the same time, the story she has with Santana is super sweet. I don’t think the fans should be as upset — they should be more excited for what’s to come for both scenarios.”
9. ‘Tough’ times: As for how Santana will take the news that her bisexual ex-girlfriend has not only moved on with a guy but with someone she knows. “The first person you really love sticks with you the most, so I think it’s going to be tough for her,” he told THR.
10. Back in business: Since New Directions lost its choir room in the winter finale, Criss teased that their eviction won’t last long. “There was some foul play going on with the Warblers so that might have something to do with how they come back,” he said, adding there’s a great potential for growth in defeat. “I like the idea of these guys when they lose, who are they and what does a glee club do when they can’t perform. What’s really the story, the glee club or the people in the glee club? It’s cool to focus on what that’s going to do for them but they will continue to perform.”
11. As for Blaine’s new connection with Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) Criss said their friendship “takes an interesting turn.” “Blaine and Tina take a new step in their relationship — for better or worse.”
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?