Who’s a series regular? Why is Rachel back in Ohio?
Glee’s sixth and final season premise has been revealed.
According to Fox, the truncated season will again revolve around Lea Michele’s Rachel Berry, who returns to Ohio after a “humiliating failure” as a TV actress. The former New Directions star will return home to Lima to figure out what she wants to do next and, after discovering that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) has disbanded the glee club, takes it upon her self to reinstate — and lead! — the group that helped launch her career.
Meanwhile, Blaine (Darren Criss), Sam (Chord Overstreet) and Will (Matthew Morrison) have all found new and surprising gigs in Ohio. Fox notes that other McKinley High alums will also return for Glee’s final run.
Michele, Criss, Overstreet, Lynch and Morrison will all return as series regulars and be joined by Chris Colfer (Kurt), Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Beiste), Kevin McHale (Artie) and Amber Riley (Mercedes). Naya Rivera will return with a reduced role. Max Adler has also booked a major recurring role in the final season, reprising his role as Dave Karofsky.
Co-creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter at the Emmys on Monday that he doesn’t currently know what the final scene of the series will be. “I did. I don’t anymore, but I think it will be emotional,” he said.
Murphy told reporters in April that the final season would feature a time jump and focus more on the original cast members, shifting the focus from its previous relocated home in New York.
“The final season is really its own story and its own location, and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is not New York-centric at all,” Murphy said. “It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that … dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. .… We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane-Matt characters in a big way. It’s really interesting, a very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”
Murphy’s original vision for the end of the series featured Rachel and Cory Monteith’s Finn Hudson’s “star-crossed lovers getting together and having a happy ending and them both getting their dreams.” “The fact that that can’t be is a big pain in all of our hearts,” he said.
Glee’s final season returns midseason on Fox. An exact premiere date has not yet been determined.