Well, it had to happen. Glee regulars Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will 'graduate' at the end of the 3rd season. THR has the scoop:
Colfer, Michele and Monteith are not going to be back at all for Season 4. Murphy tells THR: "You can keep them on the show for six years and people will criticize you for not being realistic, or you can be really true to life and say when they started the show they were very clearly sophomores and they should graduate at the end of their senior year.”I wonder if this will change everything. I guess we will find out, or rather y'all will, I stop watching it. But I could come back.
Murphy added that planning for the future beyond high school will be a heavy theme during Season 3, noting that “more characters are leaving than are staying” when graduation time comes at the season’s end.