San Diego felt the Glee this afternoon as Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Darren Criss and executive producers Brad Falchuck and Ian Brennan took to the Comic-Con stage for a Q&A that ended up revealing future storylines, future songs and future characters!
The biggest question looming over season four is how splitting up the characters will effect, well, everything! "It's about making sure those worlds talk to each other in an interesting way," EP Brad Falchuk said. To illustrate this, Falchuk explained that second episode, a Britney Spears tribute, won't just echo through McKinley's halls. "What's interesting is how we take the Britney theme to New York and how it effects Rachel."
As for life in New York, Lea Michele is excited by the idea of seeing "[Rachel Berry] in a school with 1,800 Rachel Berry's" – and while she'll be surrounded by other like-minded ladies, Rachel won't have anything resembling a strong support system. When the new season starts, her BFF Kurt will still be in Lima, her ex-BF Finn will be in the army and Santana is a cheerleader at The University of Louisville.
While Naya hopes Brittana stays together forever, Darren is a little more open to exploring a Klaine breakup! "I think we all want to see them be together as long as possible but it's good to have things shake up a little bit. For everybody the new format of the show is going to shake a lot of cool stuff up and it can only be a good thing."
Back in McKinley, the New Directions are facing their toughest challenge since day one. "They're underdogs again," co-EP Ian Brennan says. "They won Nationals and that lasts for 2 minutes. That room is half empty and they're desperately trying to get more kids for Sectionals."
But whether they've graduated or not, the producers want to reassure fans that every single series regular will be back in season four – albeit some will be in slightly different capacities. "Almost no one will be in every episode," Falchuk says before adding that they’re still trying to get Chord Overstreet to join full-time and hope to bring back The Glee Project's Alex and Sam.
One face you're sure to see a lot of is Kate Hudson, who plays Rachel's NYC mentor. Falchuk says she's a fun character who represents, "The difference between the Will version of teaching and one that's based more on negative reinforcement. The challenge for Rachel, coming out of being the biggest star in the high school show choir world, it's time to start anew."
Something Glee can certainly relate to as well.
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