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According to Gi, there is no story indicating that Santana is leaving. There is an explanation as to why she is missing from several episodes. But Glee has left the story open for Santana (and Brittany ?) to return. At some point. If Glee follows its own story.
But there is no guarantee they will be back it seems?
There is an awful lot of ‘IF’ here. It seems to me they’ve given Santana an out and she will be back for ‘special episodes’ like the other ‘originals’
Exactly this. This is as much of an open-ended return as the others who have left the show have gotten, nothing more. As gingerberrysnap said, “as long as Santana is tied to Brittany in a non LDR situation she is not coming back”
The bold especially. Heather is off the show. There are no indications that she wants to come back. Santana’s story seems to now be tied to Brittany and they are regarded now as a couple, for any story in the future.
I am sorry but this is exactly an indication that Santana is leaving. That the writers left an opening for her, and their, return at some point in the future, is perfectly natural. They’ve done that before. There’s no guarantee that this will happen though and that she’ll be back in any regular capacity. As an occasional guest for a special episode, far more likely. These are not good news, in any way.
OVERVIEW: Glee - 05 - New Directions (25-Mar-2014 (T))
AIR DATE: 25-Mar-2014 (T)
RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes
CONCEPT: With the McKinley High glee club officially at an end, past and present members of New Directions look towards the future.
The only way I will accept Glee performing “Love is a Battlefield” is if it’s a 13 Going On 30 reference.