August 21, 2014 11:38am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Glee' Books Max Adler's Return — as Blaine's Boyfriend? (Exclusive)
Glee's sixth and final season is starting to take shape, and one of the show's most beloved characters might be in for a rude awakening.
Max Adler has booked a return visit to the Fox musical and will reprise his role as former bully turned openly gay good guy Dave Karofsky, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Adler's arc is said to be major, and he'll appear in at least four of the final 13 episodes of the series. Sources tell THR that Dave may now be romantically entangled with Blaine (Darren Criss), which is surprising news since season five ended with Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine seemingly better than ever as a couple after performing at a glitzy showcase for the all-powerful social mover June (Shirley MacLaine). However, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy told reporters in April that the final season would feature a time jump — and focus more on the core original castmembers — which could mean Kurt and Blaine have split after that. Or, knowing Glee, it could all be part of an elaborate dream sequence.
"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."
Adler was last seen in the 17th episode of Glee's fifth season when Karofsky appeared in Rachel's pre-Opening Night dream sequence. The plot twist would come after Blaine helped Kurt get through Karofsky's bullying. The closeted jock routinely tormented the openly gay Kurt and, after Dave forced a kiss on him in season two, was outed in a landmark season-three episode in which he attempted suicide.
For the actor, the Glee return comes as he's been recurring on ABC Family's recently renewed Switched at Birth. His credits include the upcoming features Saugatuck Cures, The Midnight Man, Believe Me and 23 Blast. He's repped by CESD and Justice & Ponder.
Glee returns midseason on Fox. A premiere date has not yet been announced.