Chris Colfer is no fool. While writing his very first episode of Glee—which airs tonight—he decided to give fans what they want, and escape bodily harm!
"For my safety," Colfer tells me, "in [tonight's] episode, in my episode, Kurt and Blaine are...fine."
Yep, Colfer is perfectly aware how passionately some of you Gleeks feel about his character Kurt and Blaine (Darren Criss), and the unholy terror that can be unleashed upon the show's writers when things aren't going well for this fan-favorite couple.
"There is no drama between kurt and Blaine in my episode, so the blood is not on my hands!" Colfer adds with a laugh.
Wait….Blood?! Say what now? Is there trouble ahead for Kurt and Blaine, after tonight's episode?
Read on to hear what Chris has to say about his first time ever writing for the Fox series, Ryan Murphy's plan to jump forward in time (will Kurt go to Russia?), and the fate of "paradise couple" Kurt and Blaine in the very end…
Congrats! Your episode is finally here. How does it feel?
It's very exciting, but it's always terrifying. I don't know why I write so much, because it always just comes with so much fear. You would think, because I've written so many books and blah blah blah, but I'm always just so terrified when it comes out. I don't know why I do this to myself! It's terrifying!
What was it like, writing this episode?
It was very surreal. It was very much like a student taking over the classroom for a day, and it was something that I never thought I would do. But then they came to me, and they said would you be interested in writing an episode, and I couldn't say no. So I did it. I went into the writers' room not knowing what to expect, not knowing what guidelines they'd give me or you know, if they would let me tell the story that I wanted to tell, but I really had no reason to fear that part of the process because they were so generous and so open-minded, and they really let me do my thing, which I was so grateful.
How heavily featured are you in the episode? Were you writing a lot of your own lines?
Oh yeah, everyone knows I'm a very selfish writer!
Is anyone else featured in the episode?
Yeah, because they told me I had to feature the other people too. But yeah, the main storyline is Kurt. He's really one of the only ones left in the group who hasn't really made a name for himself yet, and he's feeling very down about that, so he's looking for something to supply him with that validation, and he finds it when he meets this woman named Maggie who lives at an assisted living home, and he ends up joining that assisted living home's production of Peter Pan, so that's the main storyline. The other storyline is about Rachel starting a charity for animals called Broadway Bitches, and it gets into the whole no good deed goes unpunished message when it comes to press.
How do you feel now about Kurt and Blaine. Do you feel that they're endgame?
They will definitely end up together in the end somehow. I think they're very, very young to be engaged, but I definitely see them being together in the end for sure. You know, the fans get really, really upset when they go through drama but that's what Darren and I live for. We're actors, we love the drama, we love getting in there and experiencing a wide variety of emotions with these characters! And I'm very happy, because I think they were very much kind of like this paradise couple for a long time, so I'm happy that they're experiencing these ups and downs. I think it really makes them an authentic relationship, and not just a fantasy.
And what did you mean by "blood on hands"?!
I think they're gonna be just fine. I don't think the fans have anything to worry about.
Ryan has told us the show is jumping ahead in time. What do you know about that and do you like it?
I have no idea what that is going to entail. I think it's a clever idea because I think, just selfishly, if they do the five year jump, I'll be playing older, so I think that's kind of cool.
Ryan had said one of the ideas was sending Kurt to Russia. How do you feel about that? Do you think it would be a cool avenue to go?
Um, yeah, I think so, just as long as we're not filming on location I think I'm fine with that. That's a quite a commute, and that's quite a dangerous commute these days.
How are you feeling going into the final year? Do you feel like next season is the right end point?
Yeah, I think it is. I think it will be a good time to conclude the series. It's a very, very difficult show to do, as everyone knows, and I think when people say that we're the hardest working cast and crew in television, I don't think it's an overstatement. I think it's very much the reality.
We've heard that the final year would probably be back to the core cast of the show. Is that sort of exciting to bring it back full circle?
Yeah, I think so. I think those characters are what made people watch the show, so I think it's very smart to bring them back and see what they're up to, and I think having a time jump, that will make the show a little more exciting. You get to see where they are in the future. You don't necessarily watch them get there, but it's fun to learn how they got there.
Would you want to direct? Is that in the cards for you?
We'll see. I've been told by pretty much everyone I've ever worked with ever that I need to at some point, but we'll see. I don't know if… I know Ryan has said he wants me to direct next season at some point, but I'd have to really, really think about that one. I'd hope my costars would be OK with that. The writing was less of a difficult decision, but directing, I think, would take a lot of time for me to consider.
Glee airs tonight on Fox!