This post is about the very last Glee episode, 6×13, which was called ‘Dreams Come True’. To read my post on the episode that aired right before this one called ‘2009’, click here!
Glee is over. Forever. I’m at a loss for words, really. I don’t think I have ever cried this hard about a TV show. And even as I type, just thinking about it brings me to tears… ‘Dreams Come True’ was the last episode ever and it was great. Honestly. I loved it. And I’m not just saying that. Yes, there were some parts that I didn’t love or bits I wish had happened. Either way, I give the episode a 4.5 out of 5, because yes, as perfect as it was, I did have a few small criticisms. Don’t hate me too much for saying so, because y’all have to know that I did love the episode and I will always, always love Glee. So here is what happened in the last episode of Glee.
It starts with Will, fixing his tie as he thinks about when he was in high school and won Nationals. We get quick flashbacks to his team being coached by Lillian, the lady from the plaque. He snaps out of his memory as Kurt, Blaine, and Rachel come in to take him to the stage where the current ND (including Mason and Spencer and them) are on stage awaiting their Nationals results. Yes, that club (including the Warblers) made it to Nationals. As the announcer speaks, we see the team waiting. We also see Jane and Mason holding hands, which I appreciated because I was wondering what had happened with them after ‘Child Star’. It is then announced that ND/Warblers win Nationals and I, along with everyone on screen, cheered. I didn’t think we’d see ND anymore, so I’m really glad we got some closure in that.
Later, we see Will sitting down with the Superintendent, and he tells Will that the District Board Of Education has decided to make McKinley a school for the arts. Will is shocked. The Super explains that despite budget cuts, Will managed to successfully run Glee club at McKinley, and it’s been so great that McKinley shall now be a full time arts school. And what’s more is that Will is going to be the principal.
Three months later, Will is packing lunchboxes with Emma (like they always do, aww!) and Will says he’s so happy to be principal now. However, he is scared. Emma says it’ll be fine and she’ll have his back and he needn’t worry. She leaves for work and Will sits down with adorable baby Danny and says that dreams do come true.
In the choir room, Will rushes in to see it full of people: old ND, present ND and people who want to be future ND. He informs them all that he’s decided to have four show choirs at the school: normal ND, a girls group (The TroubleTones), a boys group (called Duly Noted) and also a juniors group for people who want a bit more practice before they join the big leagues. Will then proceeds to take out his ukulele and sing a really sweet song, ‘Teach Your Children’. During it we see Mercedes, Klaine, Rachel, Tina, Artie and Sam and they all cry quietly (especially Rachel).
In the locker room, Sam is pumping footballs so they can be sold (they won’t be needed at an arts school). In comes Blaine, who offers Sam a room in New York, should he choose to return. But Sam likes the quieter Lima life. Blaine says he misses his best friend, and Sam says he does too, but he’s got a new job now. That new job, as we find out, is coaching ND. Will says he’s best for the job and Sam’s first lesson is on Country music (the genre that was barely touched on Glee!).
In the auditorium, Mercedes has called Rachel, Tina, Artie, Klaine and Sam in. She tells him sadly that she got picked to open for Beyoncé on her new world tour (OMG that’s fantastic!) and afterwards she’s doing an album. So she says she’ll be away and busy for a while, but she loves them and couldn’t do it without their support over all the years. She then sings ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’ and hugs them all. After the song, she just leaves. I mean, I’m so happy for Mercedes, but why did she have to go in such a somber way? She made it seem like she won’t be in contact with any of them at all? Yeah, I cried here. And yeah, I’m crying as I type now.
In what is now Will’s office, Sue is poking around when Klaine come in. They sit Sue down and honestly thank her for getting them back together. In a rare nice Sue moment, she says that getting to know Kurt has been a pleasure and she thanks him. Then Sue says she has to do something and sends Klaine out. We Sue go in the hall and spot Becky down it. They run to each other, hug and apologize for all the random drama in ‘The Rise And Fall Of Sue Sylvester’. I’m so glad Sue and Becky ended on good terms. Lastly, Sue has one more person to see. On the stage, Will finds Sue. They don’t even speak. They sing. They sing ABBA’s ‘The Winner Takes It All’ which is a great song for the moment. They don’t even talk at the end, Sue just leaves. Time jump to five years later. Sue is back on Geraldo Rivera’s show. Only now she’s the Vice President of USA (with her record? How?). She seems happy and tells Rivera that she plans to run for present in 2020.
In the hallways of McKinley, Kurt opens a locker, his old one, to show Blaine a time capsule he’s made in there from his high school days. He has pictures and costume bits and more. It’s lovely. Blaine thinks so too as he starts to cry and laugh at the same time. He declares his love for Kurt again and they kiss/hug <3
Time jump five years for them too, where they’re in New York on their way to a fancy art elementary school as special celebrity guests. Yes, they’ve somehow made names for themselves. The class’ teacher says they recently did a LGBTQ version of ‘Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf’(I don’t know what that is, but okay). They go in and tell the kids that it’s okay to be who they are and to dream big. That leads to them singing ‘Daydream Believer’ and the kids join in later on. It’s cute and fun! I do wish we saw Klaine doing something else for their time jump though. The school thing was cool and all, but it kind of came out of nowhere….idk…
It’s time for Rachel’s last solo. On stage she sings it, and it is ‘This Time’, a Glee original written by Darren Criss. The song is beautiful and sad and sweet and important and it sums up everyone’s thoughts about Glee, which I love. As Rachel’s last solo, it’s perfect. <3
Five years later for Rachel goes as follows: Mercedes meets up with Tina and Artie outside in New York. Artie made a movie that Tina stared in and Mercedes gives them permission for her songs to be used in it. Klaine arrive outside too and hurry them all inside, to where Rachel is at a mirror, putting on earring in a snazzy black dress. Before they went inside, however, we see Tina kiss Artie (Tartie endgame! After seeing ‘2009’ and his crush on her, I am more than okay with this!) and also Klaine tell Mercedes that Sam has a new girlfriend (to which she responds “then why does he keep texting me?” Unfortunately, that is as far as it goes for Samecedes all episode. We learn nothing new after that so Imma pretend that those texts led to marriage and happiness.) Anyways, inside, Kurt tells Rachel it’s time (for what?) and helps her stand up because Rachel is largely pregnant! And we find out a second later that the baby will be Klaine’s, as Rachel is their surrogate! KURT AND BLAINE ARE GOING TO HAVE A CHILD! Rachel tells Tina that she agreed to have their baby as a thank you for all their support over the years. Bonus because she was born to two dads via surrogacy so she knows how important it is.
In comes Jesse St James, who Rachel greets as HER HUSBAND(!) and Jesse says that after the baby is born, he wants one of his own! Jesse and Rachel then leave. Where are they going? Oh, just THE TONYS, where Rachel is nominated for an award! We see them arrive there and take their seats as Jesse tells Rachel what to say when she inevitably wins. (BTW, Jesse directed the show!) Back in Lima, Will watches the awards on TV as Sam plays with two children (and Emma holds a child….how many baby Schuesters are there now?). Real life Broadway star Andrew Ranells goes on stage to announce the nominees for Rachel’s category of Best Actress In A Musical. Klaine, Tartie, Mercedes and a few others (including Kitty and Roderick, but not together) watch on TV too and cheer when Rachel is announced for a show called Jane Austin Sings. And the winner is, of course, Rachel Berry, who is stunned. Cue another burst of tears from me at this point because she did it. Rachel did it. She got a Tony. She got what she said she wanted this whole show. She did it! Rachel goes on stage and thanks Jesse and her dads and Carmen Tibideaux and her high school friends. Then she dedicates the award to Mr. Shue for his constant support from the start and closes by saying that dreams do come true. I thought she would have mentioned Finn somehow, but no. As far as St. Berry endgame goes, I’m okay with it. Rachel seemed super happy here and Jesse ended up being a great guy. Obviously, Finn is the real endgame and I’ll always know that, but considering what Glee had to work with, this was perfect. I just wish we had some St. Berry build up all S6, not just in that one episode…
The last scene (ever…) takes place in the auditorium still five years in the future, year 2020. Sue goes on stage but the only people in the audience is the ‘elders’, so Burt, Carole, Will, Beiste, Emma, Figgins and Terri. Sue says that for years and years, Glee has been a place where kids can be happy and sing and think they’re going to be special. And while Sue knew that in the real world, that was all silly and illogical, she understood that the hopes and dreams and beliefs should still have a place to thrive. So she renames the auditorium the Finn Hudson Auditorium. Sue then thanks Will for his hard work in Glee club and a successful McKinley Arts school. Sue closes by welcoming the New Directions to the stage. Will joins them all as they sing ‘I Lived’. And by “them all” I literally mean it. Everyone came back. Santana to Puck to Joe to Ryder to Lauren to Matt Rutherford to Jake to Myron to Jane. Everyone. Well, there were two missing people, but their absences weren’t really noticed too largely. Marley and Rory (and Sebastian but he was never in ND and IDK if Grant was even invited back) all had large roles but were not present, all due to schedules on the actors’ part. Unfortunate, but understandable.
‘I Lived’ was fun and upbeat and so, so, so sweet. I mean, I cried, but I had reason too! Pretty much everyone I loved was on that one stage being happy together. :D The show ends as we see Finn’s, Lillian Adler’s, and a new plaque commemorating the Glee club and auditorium up on a backstage wall as we hear the cast laugh and chatter in the background.
The new plaque says “See the world not as it is, but as it should be”
Yeah. Glee is over. Forever. That was the final episode, which I loved. I loved seeing all the time jumps and seeing all the happy endings. I loved the music and having everyone back for one last song. I loved the tribute to Finn. I loved it, plain and simple. I could go on for ages about it and what Glee means to me, but right now I won’t. In terms of this episode, the things I wasn’t 100% thrilled with was Samcedes (I really wanted that…), Klaine’s time jump (we could have had them do so many other things than sing with random kids), and the other originals (what happened with their lives???). I would have really loved and appreciated a two minute bit where everyone’s stories are summed up, like at the end of movies. But, y’know, the episode was still amazing, and I will forever be grateful to Glee for ending the fantastic series in such a way. All my shed tears were deserved as it was beautiful.
I’m sure y’all have thoughts on the episode, or just need a place to cry, so leave a comment and I will cry with you surely.
Here’s the promo for next week…No, I’m just messing with you. There is no next week. It’s a mean joke, I’m sorry.
So I guess you may be wondering what’s happening now, with this blog specifically. I have answers. First off, don’t unfollow or delete the bookmark or close the tab just yet. I do have several posts coming within the next few weeks about Glee and S6 and the cast and more. I’ve already written as much as I could before seeing the finale, but I’ll space out the posting dates. After that, this blog will be ending (not deleted, but just not updated). It’s sad for me to say, but without Glee I have nothing to say here. More info will come on the end and what I plan to do with my free time soon, but for now, keep an eye out for my posts. And also, provided I get a response, I thought it’d be fun to do a little Q&A before I end the blog, so if anyone has any questions about me or Glee or blogging or anything, leave a comment or tweet me. Start the question with Q: so I know it’s for this and not a comment/question you want answered right away. Thanks for reading this and this post and this blog!
That’s all for now.
P.S. If you’ve seen the episode, check out this video from Harry Shum Jr!