By Sandra Gonzalez
July 23, 2011 at 11:09 PM EDT
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Community creator Dan Harmon made it clear during today’s panel at Comic-Con: Jeff Winger will be graduating. “There is a four-year story happening that we promised in the pilot,” Winger said. “Joel McHale’s character is there to get his degree. He either has to get that or not. We want the show to last forever, but we need to respect it. He’s got to get his degree and complete his journey.”

So how would Community survive after graduation? Harmon mentioned the key will be learning who the characters are outside of school. “We need to meet their families before the end of season 4 because what if we need the show to go on forever? We need to know these people are.”

Other panel highlights after the jump:

– A real-life monkey coming on stage to show off the exclusive Comic-Con DVD cover.

– Harmon teasing an episode that has “multiple timelines”

– Harmon teasing a new professor played by The Wire alum Michael K. Williams. “If we’re too cartoonish sometimes, then let’s add the opposite of cartoonish. Let’s add an element of The Wire to Community.”

– Donald Glover saying his character Troy and Danny Pudi’s Abed would probably dress as Ren & Stimpy if they were to ever go to Comic-Con

Joel McHale and Alison Brie star in this comedy about a community college study group that turns into a surrogate family.
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