I want to see Blaine doing something. New York would be cool. You have to be economic with what stories you’re telling so people can’t just go off to other cities in the world. If he goes to New York, I wouldn’t see that as such a surprise. Blaine really would like to go to New York, he wants to be wherever Kurt is.
—  Darren Criss on whether he wants Blaine to head to New York
I have nothing, I could make something up! Blaine gets bitten by a radioactive crocodile and becomes a superhero. I’m just putting that out there, I don’t know. … I think I’m–I think they have me an actor for a reason. I think they keep me as far away from writing as possible.
—  Darren Criss at the 2012 Much Music Video Awards. [source]

 "I think for any relationship that got such a killer start as the two of them it’s good to have some troubled water,“ Criss said. "I think it’s good to show young people especially that really strong relationships — when they do part — it’s not necessarily the end. It’s sort of a new chapter for both people. I like that they’re very much staying in each other’s lives.” Although Criss likes their time apart, he is still holding out hope for a happy ending. “Of course, I want to see them together in the end. Duh,” he said.

When asked what he would like his character to do post-graduation, Criss was unsure, except to say he really wants to see Blaine work for it. “Regardless of where it goes, I would like to see Blaine struggle. He’s a very privileged young lad who went to a private school, probably has a bit of money. Big things happen for him all the time that I’d like, if he does have everything going for him, [for him] to realize that things don’t get handed to you,” Criss said. “You have to work really hard. Things aren’t served to you on a silver platter.”


And speaking of break-ups, we learned that Kurt and Blaine have definitely broken up, though Kurt is refusing all of Blaine’s attempts at communication. Seeing Blaine so emotional was both sad and humorous, as it was intended to be, I’m sure.
—  TvFanatic review of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
Blaine returned to the root of his origin story to rescue the trophy, but the whole thing was a trap orchestrated by the new captain of the Warblers to lure Blaine away from the New Directions. New-guy Hunter did his research and played on Blaine’s insecurities—why stay at McKinley without Kurt? Don’t you remember how great it felt to belong somewhere? C'mon, buddy, let’s just sing a song, just one song. What’s the harm in one song?

Blaine put up a good fight, but in the end, that blazer fit like an old, familiar glove, and Blaine figured that if he was already a villain, citing how deeply he’d hurt Kurt, then why not just embrace it and go total dark side—where I’m told they have cookies, after all. He returned to McKinley intending to finish his senior year at Dalton, arguing to a completely floored Sam [sic], “Warblers are my birthright and my destiny.”

Spoken like a true superhero headcase, Blaine.
—  Tv.com recap of 4.07, “Dynamic Duets” [source]
Blaine Anderson calls himself “Blaine Anderson” and says it’s time to change things up and become a shining star. Blaine Anderson has obviously never watched an episode of Glee or perused an AfterElton.com Hot 100 list where the name “Blaine Anderson” appears one hundred million times each year, thus sealing his position as the brightest of all celestial orbs.
—  AfterElton review of “Makeover” [source]
Blaine kicks things off with the appropriately titled “Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’” – his slick showmanship making him a natural for lead vocals. He starts strutting down the hallway, followed by Brittany and Santana in Cheerios outfits, Mercedes in all black and Kurt in all black with an overwhelming fur hat. And thus, the New Directions’ sassiest members kick off the highly caffeinated number, shooting the episode out of a proverbial cannon.
—  Rolling Stone review of 3.11, “Michael” (x)
Blaine is not playing Danny: Obviously this seems very wrong, but Blaine removed himself from Zuko contention because he’s still too distraught over his breakup with Kurt. He can’t take the pressure of being Kenickie’s second at Thunder Road right now, okay? So he opted to be the Teen Angel and sing what will surely be a swoony version of “Beauty School Drop-out” to Sugar, who was cast as Frenchy. In the meantime, he got to make every expression on the sad-face spectrum while performing “Hopelessly Devoted to You.”
—  Washington Post recap of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
Auditions began in earnest at the top of the hour, when Blaine – who seemed like a natural for Danny Zuko because of their mutual love of their hair – sang a passionate version of “Hopelessly Devoted To You,” while flipping through a not-at-all-creepy stalker scrapbook of Kurt photos. He then explained to the directors – a group that now included Mercedes and Mike, because why the heck not? – that he just wasn’t up for a big part in Grease, because he was still too devastated from his breakup with Kurt. Aren’t we all. Blaine got an unopened Gilmore Girls box set back from him. That’s enough for anyone to claim that they were only willing to be Teen Angel.
—  Entertainment Weekly recap of 4.05, “The Role You Were Born to Play.” [source]
Who runs the world? Blaine!: The episode opens very similarly to last week’s, but now it’s time for Blaine (Darren Criss) and his beloved bowtie to strut down the McKinley hallways with a voice over, declaring that this is his time to shine. So what does he do? He signs up for every single club imaginable while singing a beautiful version of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World.” Super Hero Side-kick Appreciation Club? Check!

Blaine admits that his over-excessive clubbing is just a way to fill his time now that his beau is no longer in Lima. Of course they talk and text and Skype as much as possible, but it’s just not the same. (Side-Note: the only thing more adorable than Blaine dressed up as Robin is Blaine and Kurt’s movie date via Skype!) So Blaine decides to fully commit to something and decides that he wants to run for senior class president and of course Brittany (Heather Morris) is less than pleased.
—  Hollywood.com Recap of “Makeover” [source]
[The Breakup episode of Glee] was a somber installment, with unusually stripped-down musical numbers, the best of which were set in a piano bar called Callbacks. Finn, visiting New York after an aborted stint in the Army, watched Rachel duet with her fellow student and suitor Brody (Dean Geyer) and realized he’d made a horrible mistake by going into embarrassment hibernation and not calling her for four months. Then Blaine sat at the piano and performed an on-the-edge-of-tears rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream,” the song with which he’d serenaded Kurt two seasons earlier. Both numbers were about the pain of realizing that geography and maturity have opened an unbridgeable gulf in a relationship that once seemed perfect.
—  Ryan Murphy's Glee and American Horror Story Are Good Again. [s]