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Could Rachel meet a familiar face on the East Coast when Glee‘s fourth season returns in the fall? What will happen to Brittany and Santana’s relationship now that the poor class president has to stay behind and repeat her senior year at McKinley?
The Glee Season 3 finale confirmed that Rachel (Lea Michele) is headed East with Finn (Cory Monteith) enlisting in the Army and going his own way, while Brittany (Heather Morris) with a GPA of 0.0 is stuck at McKinley to repeat her senior year as her girlfriend Santana (Naya Rivera) was given the support and cash to follow her dreams of stardom.
The Hollywood Reporter turned to stars Michele, Rivera and Kevin McHale (Artie) to answer some of the many burning questions facing the series as it prepares for its fourth season with stories set in both New York and Ohio.
How many episodes will everyone be doing?
All 15 cast members are confirmed to return in some capacity, while it’s still unclear just how many episodes the swelling ensemble cast will appear in. Michele, who notes she’s more excited about Glee‘s fourth season than any previous edition of the series, confirms her role as a season regular and that she’ll be doing every single episode next season. “I’ve spoken with Ryan and I know my character’s entire arc for the whole season, and it’s incredibly exciting,” she enthuses. Rivera notes she’ll be “a big part” of Season 4 and McHale says Artie will be around “quite a bit.”
Now that Santana has her mother’s blessing (and cash!), will she follow through and ditch a cheerleading scholarship at the University of Louisville and head to the Big Apple?
Michele certainly hopes that’s the case. “[Rivera] and I were begging [Murphy], ‘We want to work together more and want Rachel and Santana to be in New York together,'” Michele says. “We’re still not certain where exactly Santana is going to end up but she has the golden ticket to New York City.” Adds Rivera: “If Santana goes to New York she absolutely would have a relationship with Rachel and they’d either be friends, enemies or frenemies — or all three.” Notes Michele: “I really hope that it pans out because I think it would be so exciting to see Rachel get a knock on her door from Santana and just be like, ‘Can we live together?’ We’ll have to see what happens.”
What could Santana’s NYC experience be like?
“If she ends up going to New York, Santana will attack it head-on but probably run into a lot of issues because there’s a lot of aggressive people in New York just like her,” Rivera says with a laugh. “She has rivals where ever she goes.”
Kurt and Blaine met all sorts of gay kids (Sebastian, Unique, the putz from the music store) but Brittany and Santana haven’t met any other lesbians. What gives?
We asked Rivera if Santana could meet some like-minded ladies when and again if she heads East and while the actress notes it’s still early, she’s optimistic about the option to expand the character’s circle of friends. “I haven’t heard anything about it but I think that’d be inevitable for Santana just because she and Brittany were very sheltered,” she says. “That was the focus: They lived in Ohio and they were the only out and proud lesbians at the end in the school. But now that Santana is out in the real word, I’m sure she will go exploring and find other people who are just like her.”
Brittany is stuck repeating her senior year at McKinley but is there hope for her relationship with Santana?
While writers have only just begun breaking stories for Season 4, Rivera has high hopes for Brittana’s lasting love — regardless of whether or not they stay together. “Obviously she’s not in high school anymore so there is separation there. I don’t know what [potentially moving to New York] will mean for her. The writers really have to hash that out but it’s now entering into a long-distance type relationship,” she notes. “I think that Brittany will always be Santana’s first love. Whether or not they end up together, she’ll always have a special place in her heart for Brittany. I don’t think that they will ever not be in each other’s lives.”
How soon until Glee tackles Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe”? What songs of summer would the cast like to see pop up in scripts?
“That would not surprise me at all if that happened,” McHale says when asked if the song could show up in the premiere. “I imagine somebody will do the new Katy Perry song ["Wide Awake"]. I’d love to do ‘Otis’ by Jay-Z and Kanye West. I love that song.” Says Rivera: “I love Maroon 5’s new song and Flo Rida and Sia’s ‘Wild One.'”
Glee’s fourth season returns Thursday, Sept. 13 on Fox.