“The season ends with the core group, with many of them graduating and figuring out what their futures are,” said co-creator Ryan Murphy. As for talking about spin-offs, etc? “I’ve learned my lesson! I’m never doing that again!” Murphy proclaimed.
First off, Rachel Berry’s biological mother, Shelby (Idina Menzel) will return as a teacher to William McKinley High School in the second episode. According to Murphy, Shelby will be involved in a “juicy” storyline with Quinn, who now has pink hair and a new group of friends.
Lauren (Ashley Fink), quit New Directions and will appear in a less episodes, but she has a “major” story with Kurt (Chris Colfer). It seems others have left the group as well, but newbies will join in their place. Who? We’ll just have to see.
Even though Gwyneth Paltrow‘s guest spots as Holly Holliday won her an Emmy, the number of guest stars on the series will be very minimal this season. BUT, we could see another appearance by Paltrow. We will see the winners of Oxygen’s The Glee Project appear during the season.
Murphy made no mention of Cory Monteith’s character, but we’re hoping he doesn’t make the decision to cut Finn out of the show because he and Monteith aren’t getting along.