glee midwinter finaleGleeks, let's gather ... and commiserate. After what we just witnessed tonight on the winter finale of Glee, entitled "On My Way," we're going to need one another more ... than ever. It's true that this completely epic episode offered everything you could possibly want before the show is on hiatus until April 10 (that seems so very far away!). Filled with surprises, twists, and tragedies galore, our favorite McKinley High School students, their road to and from Regionals had us on the edge of our seats.

But it also had us in tears, dismayed, confused, heartbroken ... shocked. I wouldn't blame you if you were, like me, in need of some consoling right now. So ... let's attempt to talk through this, shall we? (Warning: SPOILERS ahead!)

First off, Sue is pregnant. Yes, you read that right. Who the dad is doesn't really seem to matter, and anyway, even if he did, she's not telling (yet?). Wrapping our heads around this isn't that hard. It seems like this is exactly the kind of device the writers figured could help finally "soften" the bitter, jaded coach. (But if she ends up going all warm and fuzzy and teddy bears on us because she's having a baby, that'll be totally crazy!)

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Things got a bit heavier from that point on ... The football player who spied Kurt and Karofsky chatting at Breadsticks on V-Day spread word around Karofsky's new school that the football player is gay. Upon arriving in the locker room, Karofsky sees his locker has been vandalized, and later, that his Facebook wall is covered in hateful messages. In a haunting, vivid montage cut over Blaine singing Young and Giant's "Cough Syrup," we see the one-time bully himself dress in his best suit and prepare to hang himself in his closet. Devastating ... Thankfully, his father found him in time, and he survived. But still, it was stunning news for the New Directions to hear, especially Kurt who worried that it was partially his fault, as he had been blowing Karofsky off repeatedly since their meeting.

In a way, I'm actually not at all that surprised that the writers went there, because bullying and homophobia -- especially through Facebook and other social media -- is so prevalent and current an issue. But that doesn't mean it wasn't incredibly heart-wrenching to watch.

The Karofsky incident understandably upset everyone, including Finn and Rachel, who realized life is too short and decided to bump their wedding up to be directly post-Regionals. Somehow, Quinn, their loudest critic, had a change of heart and said she'd be there for them. But as Rachel (decked out in a perfectly prim, Betty Draper-esque wedding dress) and Finn are about to go say "I do," Quinn is driving and texting Rachel that she was on her way -- suddenly, slow-motion car crash, directly into the driver's side. Fade to black. Oh ... my ... God. (By the way, way to go, Ryan Murphy, for sending such a strong, chilling message about texting and driving.)

All this said, the New Directions' first-place award-winning Regionals performance (which I must note, was highly entertaining, especially the "Fly/I Believe I Can Fly" mashup) really did play second fiddle to all these wild story twists. Who knows what the spring will bring, but one thing's for sure: We'll be waiting with bated breath for the answers to many questions. 

What were you most shocked by on tonight's Glee?

 

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