Ryan Murphy confirms that Cory Monteith, Lea Michele, and Chris Colfer will not be returning for Season 4 of Glee. They are among the cast members who will be graduating at the end of the next season. Ryan spoke to THR and reveals that “more characters are leaving than are staying.”
Do you think this is the last we’ll see of the trio together? Will a spin-off be in the works? Who will you miss the most?
In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, series co-creator Ryan Murphy said that the three regulars will be among the characters who graduate at the end of the fall’s upcoming third season.
Colfer, Michele and Monteith are “not going to be back at all for Season 4,” Murphy said. “You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”
Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that “more characters are leaving than are staying” when graduation time comes at the season’s end.
“I’m much more interested in Lea’s character — not so much on her relationship with Finn, but more on what her dreams are beyond high school and how she plans on getting them,” he added. “That’s what my senior year was about.”