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Glee Chord Overstreet Not Returning

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You’ve probably heard by now (and, of course, spent your long weekend weeping into a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos in his honor): Unlike fellow cast members Darren Criss and Harry Shum, Chord Overstreet isn’t being promoted to a series regular on Glee and is only being given an option of occasional appearances.

Over the weekend, fans rallied to keep the actor on the show, specifically by purchasing his cover of “Billionaire” on iTunes. The effort may have pushed the tune into the top 10, but only time will tell if it’s enough to earn their beloved character some more time on screen. Meanwhile, I can’t get my mind past the worst-case scenario here: What if he doesn’t get a proper ending?

Even though Overstreet only joined the cast in season 2, he certainly doesn’t feel like a character we just met, thanks in part to the character development we saw this season. (No, I’m not joking.) The late-season storyline about Sam’s family losing their home after his dad lost his job was timely and heartbreaking. And the season-finale reveal that he was dating Mercedes was a big moment for fans who saw the pair’s chemistry spark during the prom. That’s not to say any other character deserves to be on the cast/show more or less (everyone has an opinion), but simply that I like Sam and will be sad to see him go.

But if he has to leave, I just hope it’s done right. If someone just mentions whilst sitting in the choir room how “sad it was that Sam had to move,” I might get twitchy and bash my TV in. There are two things I hate losing: TVs and time. This would cause a casualty of both.

I understand that TV characters are never forever. They get plucked from us (the viewers) for creative reasons, financial reasons, crazy reasons, and so on. But for all the randomly departing characters (and there will be several departures when we return to our favorite shows after the summer), especially Overstreet’s Sam, all I hope for is a proper ending.

If we can get at least that, fellow fans, will it be easier for you to accept this shakeup as natural order? And how do you envision Sam’s exit?

Follow Sandra on Twitter: @EWSandraG

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