This week was the dreaded "break-up episode" on "Glee." Four couples took a huge hit: Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss), Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn (Cory Monteith), Brittany (Heather Morris) and Santana (Naya Rivera), and Will (Matthew Morrrison) and Emma (Jayma Mays).
While this episode was certainly a tear-jerker for fans of these canon favorite pairings, Darren took to Facebook to encourage viewers to look on the bright side.
As he wrote, "For many Glee fans, I imagine there will more than reason to be sad. But cheer up, think of it this way: much of your support has allowed me to be on this show long enough to reach a breakup in the first place; it has created a relationship that people cared enough about whereby it was even worth writing an episode about its potential end."
The fact that people care so much about these breakups shows that there is a lot of support for these couples. We all know that these couples will eventually reunite, so it makes sense for the writers to temporarily break them up in order to rally the viewers to root for the couples.
Kurt & Blaine
We needed this shakeup between Kurt and Blaine as this relationship was headed towards Dullsville. And I actually found it comforting that perfect Blaine actually made a mistake.
I was on the on the fence about who was to blame for this breakup. While Blaine did cheat, we have to remember that he was the one who gave up everything to be with Kurt. He gave up a fabulous life at Dalton to be with Kurt at McKinley, only to find that Kurt was leaving him behind for his life in New York.
On the other hand, it's a bit much for Blaine to expect Kurt's forgiveness. Blaine was the one who went ballistic on Kurt for the "sexting" with Chandler (despite it never turning physical). This double standard almost makes me wish that Kurt had gone "between the sheets" with Chandler after all.
Rachel & Finn
Lea and Cory turned in some of their finest performances to date. We could really feel the love between them.
Yet I actually enjoy Rachel and Finn more when they are apart. When Rachel is single, she is ambitious and confident. When they're together, she becomes needy and insecure. She was right to move on. He "let her go" and didn't contact her for months. She needs to focus on her new life in New York. And being single will help Finn find himself as something other than Mr. Rachel Berry.
If they're meant to be together, the "universe will do its thing."
Brittany & Santana
Brittany and Santana's breakup was a classic case of long distance. Santana realized that Brittany deserved a full-time relationship, not someone who could only come home once every few weeks. And although neither of them cheated, Santana did have an "energy exchange" with a college girl.
The Cheerios couple decided to "temporarily" break up. Let's hope this doesn't pave the way for a relationship between Brittany and Sam (Chord Overstreet). These two are way too similar, and it would feel like incest.
Will & Emma
Will achieved his dream of being accepted into the Blue Ribbon Panel to improve arts education. The only problem is that he wanted Emma to come with him to Washington, but she didn't want to leave her job behind.
I have the feeling that Mr. Schue won't be going to Washington. Will has a history of giving up his dreams in order to take one for the team. He turned down Les Miserables in order to give Bryan Ryan (Neil Patrick Harris) a chance to shine. Then he turned down a chance to star in April Rhodes' (Kristin Chenoweth) Tony Award-winning musical because he couldn't bear to leave his students behind.
How long will it take before these couples inevitably reunite? Which cut was the deepest in this week of breakups?
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