After five series, punctuated by the tragic death of Cory Monteith last year, Glee is set to come to an end with showrunner Ryan Murphy busy plotting out a sixth and final season.
We already know that the grand finale was originally intended to centre around Monteith's character Finn and his on-screen love interest Rachel Berry, played by real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele: "Finn was going to sort of take over the glee club and Rachel was going to be off having her New York adventures," Murphy told US site TVLine. "When Cory passed away, part of the story as we had imagined it didn’t make sense anymore, really."
So, what will happen instead? Well, to start with an event at the end of series five will play a major part in the sixth season: "I would say 'explosion' is too harsh of a word," explained Murphy, "but something big happens, and the final season is the aftermath of that."
And contrary to what many thought, the last series will not be set in New York. "The final season is its own story in its own location. The final season is not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back. That really is the last season. We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went, there’s a return of the [Sue] and [Will] in a big way. It’s a really interesting, very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.
"We have, or we will be, reaching out to all the regulars on the show – the original group of glee club members and teachers, and anyone who wants to come back."
The last set of episodes will also jump ahead in time – although it's yet to be revealed how far – and, at some point, revisit the later generation of glee club members at McKinley High.
"At some point before the show is concluded, we will definitely catch up with those characters again. We really loved all of those actors, and they did a great service to the show. So I think at some point, before we’re done, we’ll see many of them again and find out where they are and check in with them and see how being a part of that glee club legacy affected their lives, as we do with our original characters."
And when it comes to the show's final scene, instead of Finn, the focus will be on Rachel and Mr Schue. "It returns them to their origins, their roots, how they felt about each other when they were much younger and everything was idyllic," Murphy revealed. "I think the ending has to be a reflection and a celebration of how far all these characters have come."