Glee has gone in a lot of weird directions over the years and, at this point, fans are used to just shaking our heads and going along for the ride. But even after five seasons of ridiculous storylines (remember when Brody turned out to be a male escort for absolutely no reason?), the rumors that former bully Karofsky will return Blaine’s as a love interest shocked a lot of people. The reaction from the fandom was something along the lines of, “Really, Ryan Murphy? You’re going to break up the only couple anyone stills cares about on this tortured show, and then have Blaine date Kurt’s former-nemesis? For shame!”
But don’t worry, Glee fans — no, I will not use the term “Gleek” in this article because it makes me feel like I’m twelve years old — I’m here to set your minds at ease. Yes, we know Karofsky will appear in at least four episodes of Season 6, and yes, there arerumors that Karofsky and Blaine hook up. But even if that happens — and we all know Murphy loves to tease, so that’s a big “if” — let’s get real: Klaine is obviously end game. They’re the longest running, most consistent couple on this show, and no one who wants to work in TV again is going to split them up in Glee’s final season.
This isn’t to say that these characters are perfect, but in a series populated entirely by people I would never want to hang out with, they are easily the least-hateable of the original cast. (I say this with love, but I’ve watched all of Glee so letsbehonest.)
Last season we saw Klaine go through a series of trials before reaffirming their relationship. First Kurt had to get over Blaine cheating, then they struggled with forming their own identities outside of their relationship, then they decided to live apart, then Blaine had some weight-related jealousy issues, then Shirley MacLaine tried to break them up, etc. You know, normal stuff every completely unrealistic couple goes through. But Kurt and Blaine emerged at the end of the Season 5 finale stronger than ever. After Cory Monteith died, Klaine became Glee’s longest running couple (and its most fanatically ‘shipped couple). Sure, we might get an episode-long “breakup,” or a few scenes of “will they or won’t they,” but they’re end game, plain and simple. Gleeloves to recycle plotlines (the show literally created an entire group of new characters based on other, older characters). In the end, Glee always goes back to its core stories, and Klaine’s relationship is now at the core of why fans still tune in each week. Karofsky isn’t about to ruin all that.
Sure, we may have to endure a few episodes of angsty Klaine before these two walk down the aisle — really, how else could Glee end? The actor who plays Karofsky, Max Adler, spoke with Bustle about where his character is headed in Season 6. According to Adler, his potential flirtation with Blaine isn’t nearly the most important part of Karofsky’s new storyline. Instead, he would like the audience to focus on how far the former bully has come. Karofsky started on Glee as a self-hating closeted football player, before eventually coming out and being bullied himself, to the point of attempting suicide. His story, though short, is one of the strongest Glee has ever created. He and Blaine may get cozy in Season 6, but Karofsky’s mental and emotional transformation should be the real takeaway, Adler says.
Karofsky isn’t going to be the same angry jerk he was in prior seasons. Now that he’s out and healthy, he’s going to be a new, sensitive, kind person. And that sort of person doesn’t steal boyfriends. Maybe Kurt and Blaine will consider seeing other people. Maybe Karofsky and Blaine will have a flirtation, but I’d be very surprised if they even get one kiss. Come the Glee series finale, Klaine is going to be happily married. Anything else, and fans would go all Lima Heights on Ryan Murphy.