‘Glee’s’ showrunner Ryan Murphy has promised season 4 of the musical-comedy-drama to be revolutionary and groundbreaking. While he hasn’t held to most of his promises about the show (no more tribute episodes? no more special guests stars?) this one seems a little more high stakes, especially since the kids of McKinley have experienced a bit of a Season 3 slump. After the season ends on May 22 we may have a better idea of what the show has planned come Fall, but a little grand theorizing never hurt anybody. And no, we won’t entertain any realities that keep Kurt and Rachel bound to Lima for another year post-grad, because that’s simply too depressing.
1. A Split Season. The most popular and easiest path for ‘Glee’ to take this fall, the action becomes split between Kurt, Rachel and Finn’s adventures in NYC, and the rest of the gang stuck back in Lima waiting out another graduation. It cuts down the work level for the actors, who often have no time to peruse outside projects. However, ‘Glee’ suffered greatly this year from too many plotlines and too many stars, and institutionalizing a split just exacerbates that problem.
2. A Time Jump. Who needs a linear story? ‘Glee’ could easily solve some of the biggest fan problems — namely the Kurt and Blaine separation — by jumping ahead in the timeline when the show returns this Fall. Skip three years, put Kurt and Blaine both in New York, have Rachel in rehearsals for her first Broadway show, give Finn something to do that makes sense. We could learn about the last few years through flashbacks. Maybe Kurt and Blaine are broken up right now and the viewer gets to find out why. Maybe Rachel is preggers and hiding it from everyone. So many possibilities if we eliminate that pesky awkward split year and jump right to the good stuff.
3. Everything Was A Dream. Season 3 hit some hiccups along the way, wouldn’t it be nice to hit the reset button and get a do-over on senior year? Of course, things would have to change drastically — no more Finn and Rachel, Sebastian actually comes between Kurt and Blaine, Quinn doesn’t go bonkers. It would probably be an official Shark Jump for the series, but a hilarious one at that. We’d place our money on a hilarious Sue Sylvester fever dream, too.
4. A Reverse Time Jump. Who cares about the future, let’s learn all about the past? If Saved By The Bell could go back to junior high, ‘Glee’ certainly can. Of course, the actors are getting a little old for high schoolers so they’d need a completely new look-a-like cast for the middle school years. Isn’t that what ‘The Glee Project’ is for?
5. Season 4 of ‘Glee’ Is Actually Season 2 of ‘American Horror Story.’ Ryan Murphy’s other show got all the glory this year, so it wouldn’t be out of line for him him to infuse a little horror into the choir room. The season comes back and we discover that the Glee Club befell a horrific tragedy and are now haunting the hall of McKinley. Singing ghosts are the wave of the future.
Which do you think is most likely?
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