Gleeks worldwide have slowly come around to the news that Glee’s upcoming season will be its last. Now, they have another blow to deal with.
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that the Fox musical series’ sixth season will be cut in half. Ryan Murphy’s brainchild, which typically runs for 22 episodes, will conclude with only 13. The news comes after Glee hit a ratings low for season five, falling below three million viewers compared to 8.4 million viewers for its fourth season and 11 million for its first.
Glee’s fifth season was also cut short, from 22 episodes to 20, following the untimely death of its star Cory Monteith. His passing halted the show’s production and resulted in Fox executives shelving the show for a fall 2014 season premiere. It will instead comeback for Fox’s 2015 lineup.
“It really [will be] a lovely, fitting season that… dwells on the original people that were on the show and what happens to them and how they give back,” Murphy said about the series finale. “That really is the last season.… We’ll revisit some of the new kids that came and went. There’s a return of the Jane Lynch-Matt Morrison characters in a big way. It’s a really interesting, very sweet, satisfying ending to the story.”
At least we’ll have Glee gifs to make things sweeter.