A less than GLEEful goodbye
Popular US television series Glee bids goodbye to its three leading characters in Season 3. The well loved Rachel Berry, Kurt Hummel and Finn Hudson will be graduating at the end of the upcoming season. The show's creator confirmed that they will not return for subsequent seasons, in order to stay true to the storyline.
Fans of popular US musical comedy-drama, Glee, will have to say au revoir to three of the series’ main cast – Lea Michele (Rachel Berry), Cory Monteith (Finn Hudson) and Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel). The leading trio will all graduate from the show’s McKinley High School and leave at the end of season three.
The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, revealed the shocking exits in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. He confirmed that their characters would be written off the script after the upcoming season and leave the show for good.
He said: ‘You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticise 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.’
He continued on to add: ‘We made that decision and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both trust the writing and trust me and felt it would be great to have an open and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top.’
Gleeks – which the fans of the series are known as – are bound to be disappointed by the sudden news. However, a quick survey on Glee fan pages and forums showed that most of them resonated Murphy’s sentiments. Local Glee fan, Sahira Zulkifli, 22, has been watching the show since it aired in 2009.
She said: ‘while it’s a pity, it is part of the story and it makes sense for them to leave. My little cousins, who are big fans of the show as well, are upset over the news but they are excited to see new characters and songs. What’s more important is the music which they love to sing-along to.’
13-year-old tween Gleek, Halizah, was disappointed when theAsianparent told her the news. Halizah is a fan of Lea Michele and said that it is sad to see the good actors leave.
She added: ‘however, I like stories that has songs in them just like High School Musical, so I will still continue to watch it.’
Glee is a multi-award winning television series that has garnered a massive following from people of all ages. The show’s storyline about a group of downtrodden high school show choir made up of distinct and unique characters have won over the hearts of many. The series explores relationships, sexuality and even social issues such as bullying. Families here and internationally are known to enjoy watching the show together. A number of Youtube videos showcasing little Gleeks singing along to Glee song covers have also sprouted and gained viral status.
Season 3 is scheduled to premiere on September 20, 2011, in the United States. Meanwhile, local networks have yet to announced when the new series will be aired here.
As we await the arrival of Glee’s season 3, we want to hear from you! If you and your family are Gleeks, share with us your thoughts about the show.