'Glee' finale: Should Rachel and Finn have broken up?
Published May 25 2012, 08:00 BST | By Daniel Sperling
We all knew that Glee
's season three finale was going to be a tear-jerker. With a hefty chunk of New Directions leaving (seemingly all of which were fan favourites), we expected to feel moved by the goodbyes and perhaps shed a sneaky tear for the likes of Kurt, Quinn and Puck as they collected their diplomas.
But what we certainly didn't expect was for Finn to commit a kind of traumatic stealth dumping so that Rachel could study at NYADA on her own, talking her round in the dying seconds of the season into catching the next train to New York.
Don't get us wrong, that whole segment of the break-up, Rachel's departure and arrival in New York was incredible. In our opinion, it completely made the episode - mainly because it crept up on us and delivered a final knockout blow just when we thought all the sadness of the Glee
graduation had come to an end. It was a real conflict of head and heart, made all the more significant coming from two characters who not only know their own minds so surely but also love each other unconditionally.
But is it right to split up Finn and Rachel, who are not only the most beloved couple on Glee
, but also possibly TV as a whole right now? Early reaction from fans would suggest that Ryan Murphy
and the team made a mistake.
They quite clearly point out that the whole of the season had shown Finchel strengthening as a couple to near unbreakable levels. They were about to make the leap from high school sweethearts to husband and wife and were planning their lives together in a way that seemed natural, appropriate and satisfactory.
They seemed set to live out the rest of their days on Glee
together - and most of us were okay with that. This season showed that the characters could be entertaining and engaging as a couple, whereas it felt like they spent so long trying
to be together that all the possible storylines arising from their single status have already been done.
There were also suggestions that Rachel and Finn were only pulled apart to create tension for the finale. While that may be a somewhat cynical view, it's hard to argue otherwise given that the last two season closers have also focused on their relationship, though those times they were getting together. We love Finn and Rachel as one, and we think they deserve better than being reduced to your clichéd on again/off again TV couple - especially since repeated break-ups and reconciliations run the risk of making their charming partnership tiresome.
's third season, and the finale especially, a lot of emphasis was placed on the importance of progression, so it seemed strange to set both Rachel and Finn back with the dumping twist.
We don't just mean in the sense that they will presumably be going into season four single and pining for each other, just like in the first season, we mean that they have literally reverted back to the character types they begun Glee
We approved of Rachel choosing to stay behind for Finn and Kurt when they weren't invited to study in New York. It showed, as Rachel herself admitted in the episode, that she had finally learnt there was more to strive for in life than fame. That sometimes vicious and ruthless desire to succeed had been quelled, but not killed, and she was about to enter season four with Finn by her side as a more rounded, human character.
Then, barely five minutes later, Rachel is grinning her head off and belting out a pop song through the streets of New York, Finn a distant memory. When the credits roll, she's embraced loneliness in order to blindly follow her quest for stardom. Finn, meanwhile, is a 'Lima Loser' sacrificing his happiness for what he thinks the world expects of him. What is this, the pilot?
Maybe the Glee
team has forgotten that for the most part they suck at coupling off their characters in a meaningful way and so the few that actually work need to be cherished. The graduation twist will already part Santana and Brittany, Sam and Mercedes and Tina and Mike - Rachel and Finn do not need to be separated as well, especially since the former staying in Ohio would have eliminated the need for a New York storyline that we fear is doomed to make the show even more
confused and sporadic.
Having said that, there is the chance that having Rachel alone in New York could completely rejuvenate the character - and the show. We're not sure how Finn's army stint is going to work out, since we can't see Glee
cutting from a Lady GaGa number in the choir room to a battlefield, but there's potential for the students, teachers and others still to meet at NYADA to be TV gold.
Maybe there'll be a new love interest for Rachel in the Big Apple that works even better than Finn. If Murphy has the guts to provide a genuinely likeable alternative for her, then we've got a whole new conflict on the cards other than 'Will Finn and Rachel get back together?' In our opinion, the question 'Will Finn and Rachel want
to get back together?' sounds more intriguing.
Maybe absence will make the heart grow fonder, and this will be the last necessary hiccup for Rachel and Finn before the pair of them settle down for good. It'd be nice to have Finn in New York. Having him waste away in Ohio would be a shame.
And let's not forget that everyone loves a big TV wedding, especially when the nuptials of Finchel would give Glee
the ideal opportunity to reunite all those that graduated and scattered across the US. The union of Burt and Carole last season gave us a fuzzy feeling inside, and they were just side characters, so we have faith it would be done well. Maybe its a bit far-fetched given Rachel and Finn's current status, but we wouldn't be surprised to hear wedding bells in the season four finale, let's put it that way. Glee
has always been a hard show to predict and to be fair, even we can't decide one way or another how we feel about the big break-up. At the end of it all, if getting Rachel and Finn together is Murphy's end game, we suppose we can deal with having them apart for one more season to add significance to that hypothetical (but probable) reunion. What are your thoughts on Finn and Rachel breaking up? Do you want them back together in Glee's fourth season? Leave your comments below!