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With only three weeks until Glee‘s third season comes to a close, there’s a lot going on for the kids at McKinley High before graduation day arrives May 22.
This week during “Prom-asaurus,” Heather Morris‘ Brittany — as senior class president — stages a prehistoric prom for the ages that will see Quinn (Dianna Agron) and perhaps even Brittany and her girlfriend, Santana (Naya Rivera), in the running for prom queen.
Next week, Gleeks can rejoice with back-to-back episodes in which Tina (Jenna Ushkowitz) wakes up to find a very Freaky Fridaysituation going on in “Props,” during which everyone swaps bodies (she swaps with Rachel, Kurt is Finn, Puck becomes Blaine and Mike becomes Joe, with Santana as Artie).
Then, Glee‘s second hour will feature what Cory Monteith dubs an “epic” New Directions song and performance during “Nationals.” Oh, and that May 22 season finale? It’s “Goodbye,” during which seniors including Rachel (Lea Michele), Finn (Monteith) and Kurt (Chris Colfer), among others, will don caps and gowns and graduate from McKinley.
The Hollywood Reporter caught up with the Glee cast on the red carpet before they took to the stage for a recent TV Academy panel and got the dish on what’s to come. Here are 10 things to look forward to in the remaining four episodes of the season.
1. After Rachel’s botched NYADA audition, New York isn’t totally out of the question, Monteith, Michele and Colfer say. “That’s what everybody is going to think, right? It’s possible,” Monteith says. “It all depends what happens but a lot happens in the next few episodes after ‘Choke.’ ” Notes Michele: “She messes up and now she has to fix it. She’s going to have to fight for it now and make it better and she works very hard to do so; she really wants to get out of Ohio and she’s going to do everything she can to do that.” Adds Colfer: “[Rachel’s audition] is definitely a bump on their yellow brick road of dreams, [but New York] is still a possibility.”
2. Rachel and Finn are stable, and the aspiring actor will continue to be there to support his partner, Monteith says. “It’s pretty cute, actually,” Monteith previews. “Rachel can get down on herself and Finn needs to bolster her up and reassure her and make her feel as special as she is because Rachel is the shining star.” Adds Michele: “He’s going to help her work hard to make the NYADA situation right.”
3. Could Will and Emma tie the knot this season? Doubtful if you ask Matthew Morrison and Jayma Mays. “I think the timing of it, with all the big things happening — the prom, graduation, people leaving and not leaving — I don’t know if it will be this season,” Mays tells THR. But they’re both down with a potential Season 4 episode in which all the graduating seniors who may be leaving Glee for good return. “I think the wedding would be one of those special episodes where you could see everybody comes back; I hope that happens,” Morrison says. Adds Mays: “They’re like family to him — so I think that would be fantastic if we were all one big happy family again.”
4. Speaking of saying goodbye, some cast members could be parting ways with Glee for good. With Michele, Monteith and Colfer all set to return next season and the format for Season 4 still unclear, it’s anyone’s guess what the next installment of Glee will look like. “We don’t know what’s going on but I think people come and go and maybe come back for stuff,” Morrison says. “But technically, we won’t see these people every episode coming up because they’ll be gone.” Rest assured, Gleeks: Michele says not to worry. “I know the formula for next season; Ryan has given me all the lovely insight and it just gives you everything that you want and everything you want to see,” she says. “It’s going to be really exciting.”
5. Sue and Roz’s (Nene Leakes) battle for control of the Cheerios will come back, Jane Lynch says. “Sue is going to fight,” the Emmy winner tells THR. “In the finale, they tease something for next semester: Roz proposes to me that we join forces over something and I don’t give her an answer right away. It’s perhaps something we’ll see in the next season.” Could mom-to-be Sue be open to co-coaching with Roz after all?
6. After Kurt breezed through his NYADA audition, Colfer noted that Kurt will find out in the season finale whether his performance of “The Boy Next Door” from The Boy From Oz was enough to impress Whoopi Goldberg‘s Carmen. Also revealed in the last episode of the season: whether or not Kurt and his boyfriend, Blaine (Darren Criss) — who’s a junior — will do the long-distance thing. “I have a light sprinkling of what they’re planning [for Season 4] but it sounds pretty cool,” he says.
7. While Brittany hasn’t always been the brightest bulb in the bunch, Morris tells THR viewers “can be a little worried” about the senior class president’s graduation status. “We don’t know if Brittany is graduating or not,” Morris says. “It’s been mentioned that she’s not smart and she’s flunking a lot of her classes so we just aren’t sure what her grades are like [or if they’re] enough for her to graduate.” The graduation album cover certainly doesn’t help make a case for her to walk across the stage as part of the Class of 2012. As for whether or not the dancing Cheerio will lean on her sharp-witted girlfriend, Santana (Naya Rivera) Morris, like most of the rest of the cast, doesn’t know yet as the final act of the season finale is being kept under wraps for now.
8. In terms of the prom, Morris was tight-lipped when asked if both Santana and Brittany would be in the running for prom queen, only hinting that “Maybe they are,” and said the dinosaur theme made for a “giddy and funny prom.”
9. Dot Marie Jones warns that there’s “a little bit” more coming between Coach Bieste and her abusive husband Cooter (Eric Bruskotter), warning that just because she returned to give him a second chance doesn’t mean that their story is over. “Everything is deceiving, you see something and you never know what kind of life somebody is living,” Jones says. While the football coach didn’t exactly set an example for women to get out of abusive relationships, Jones says not to worry: “That could change in the upcoming episodes.”
10. New Directions heads to Chicago to face off against Jonathan Groff‘s Jesse St. James and Vocal Adrenaline, with Lindsay Lohan on board as one of the celebrity judges. Monteith described the New Directions Nationals performance as “physically the most demanding thing” he’s ever done in his life that’s set to an “epic” song. Guesses?
Hit the comments with your thoughts on what are you’re most looking forward to seeing. Glee airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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