While “Glee” Season 5 has finally made the move out of Lima, Ohio and into New York City full time, that’s not the direction the show is headed for its sixth and final season. Creator Ryan Murphy tells reporters that the 24-episode Season 6 will feature the original glee club members at some point in the future, but they won’t all be living in New York together.
“The final season is really its own story and its own location and while the New York stuff will be alive, the final season is really not New York-centric at all,” Murphy says in an interview with E! Online and a few other outlets.
Season 6 will focus on the core group of gleeks we’ve followed since Season 1, although the newbies will hopefully appear as guests to revisit their characters in the future. “It really is a lovely, fitting season that really dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season, but I’m not going to say more … but we’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, and there’s a return of the Jane and Matt characters in a big way. It’s a really interesting, very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”
Cleaning house of all the extraneous characters will help wrap up the storylines of the original fan favorite characters. “The fact that we have fewer characters now means that we have more time to tell those stories, so for example, you’ve seen a lot more of the Kurt and Blaine relationship, and we’re heading toward what’s going to happen to them, you know, and they’re pretty much having trouble every episode,” Murphy says.
He continues, “We’re also going to be dealing with the Sam and Mercedes relationship, so all these things are sort of building to a head in episode 20, a sort of big, natural … I would say explosion is too harsh of a word, but something big happens and then the final season is the aftermath of that.”
The writers are currently discussing plans for whether Rachel will get a new love interest — which Murphy says he might defer to Lea Michele to decide — and how the final scene will look.
“We were just talking today in the writer’s room about how the world has evolved,” he says. “I mean, if you look at the changes that have happened in the past five years since ‘Glee’ has been on the air, with the movement towards more gay civil rights with DOMA and gay marriage and the anti-bullying campaign. It’s just an amazingly different world that we or these kids live in than they did when we started, and I think the show should end up in some way talking about that, so that’s something we’re working on right now.”