This week's Glee was heartbreaking, plain and simple. It was a sad tale of the dissolution of romance, splitting up all the major couples in the series at once. Glee, even when it gets dramatic, usually has goofy, upbeat parts. In "The Break-Up," though, the FOX dramedy really focused on the drama, making for a great, though very sad, installment that did not feel like Glee at all.
Season four of Glee has brought a lot of maturity with it. A number of the characters have moved on to the real world beyond their small town and, because of that, the issues they deal with are a bit more serious than the stuff they worried about in high school. Couples broke up all the time in the first three seasons. But in making the emotions so much more raw this time around, and packing so many splits into one episode, it meant so much more.
The music also went more soulful for "The Break-Up." From "Barely Breathing" to "Give Your Heart a Break" to "Mine" to "Don't Speak," blow after blow kept coming. Music can really sell a story in a way sometimes straight dialogue can't, as Santana (Naya Rivera) basically says in the episode. By the time eight voices performed "The Scientist," you would have to have no heart not to be moved.
Yes, it's true that most high school sweethearts do not end up married and spending their life together. This is a fact of life that television often fudges to satisfy viewers, who want to see the couples they've invested in make it. Three such pairings existed on Glee among the various students, and all three are no more. Will these break ups stick, as they most likely would in the reality? Or will the pressure of keeping the fans happy mean that some or all of them will come back together soon enough?
The most likely couple to reunite is Blaine (Darren Criss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer). Like all of the other duos, distance is their main issue, with Blaine trying to make his senior year meaningful, and Kurt neglecting his boyfriend in favor of building a career and making professional connections. It would be very difficult for them to reunite under the current circumstances. But with no immediate replacement prospects for either of them, and Blaine likely finding New York a suitable post-high school destination, it could be only a matter of time before they're back together.