Glee season 3 is getting underway, and with six new writers and the winner of Oxygen’s The Glee Project joining the cast for at least seven episodes, there are some big changes going on. Recently creator Ryan Murphy has done interviews with The Hollywood Reporter and TVGuide to talk about what’s coming up in season 3, and while he doesn’t offer too many specifics, there’s a lot of info to sort through.

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Murphy talked about the impending graduations for Glee‘s seniors, whoever they are, a big new storyline for Sue Sylvester that involves the winner of The Glee Project and President Obama, and more info on what fans can expect from season 3.

Here’s everything you need to know about Glee season 3.

– The winner of Oxygen’s The Glee Project will show up in the season 3 premiere, and their primary storyline will be as Sue Sylvester’s rival, a character she hates more than the glee club.

– Sue is also getting a big, 20-episode story arc, one that most likely relates to her running for Congress (which is actually happening). She’ll move from targeting the glee club to targeting President Obama, and she’ll also be getting a love interest. There are no details, but combined with the news about the winner of The Glee Project, my theory is that her new rival could be the son or daughter of Sue’s new boyfriend, and that the kid (who will, of course, be a McKinley High student) isn’t so happy about having Sue as a potential new mommy.

– Ryan Murphy wasn’t very specific on which kids are seniors who will be graduating and leaving Glee at the end of season 3, but it sounds like the majority of them are in that boat. So get ready to say goodbye to some of your favorites like Lea Michele and Chris Colfer. On the bright side, he does specify that Chord Overstreet’s Sam is probably not a senior.

– However, not everyone will be graduating. Murphy adds that some of the kids aren’t great students and may not pass (Brittany, obviously), so some will stay behind.

– Season 3 will feature fewer big guest stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and there will only be one big theme week, but it’s from an artist Murphy has been trying to get since the start of the series.

– Despite the fact that Murphy has said in the past that he doesn’t want to do a storyline with Rachel’s gay dads, he seems to have reversed his thinking, which means everything he says has to be taken with a grain of salt. His exact quote? “I’m really interested in seeing Rachel’s gay dads who we’ve never met. I’ve said that I don’t want to do that. But maybe now is the time to do it.”

– Murphy clearly loves Michele and Colfer, but he also says that other characters who’ve been in the background (like Mercedes, Mike and Tina) will get big storylines in season 3.

– He says that Glee will scale back on the musical numbers per episode, maybe settling on four each week instead of six to 10 like they did in season 2. However, he said the same thing before, so I’ll believe it when I see it.

– Things Ryan Murphy loved about Glee season 2: the bullying storyline, Lea Michele, Gwyneth Paltrow, Darren Criss and Chord Overstreet.

– Season 3 will deal with Santana’s lesbianism, but Murphy says it will be different than Kurt’s storyline. He added that “I do think it’s sort of unreasonable to think the world treats gay people like they do with Kurt, where his father embraces him and his classmates all embrace him. He was bullied, yes, but for the most part he is allowed to be free and wonderful in the world and that doesn’t happen to everybody who is gay.”

Glee will return for season 3 in the fall.

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