This week’s recap of Glee’s very emotional winter finale, “On My Way,” is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Check out Jessica’s detailed recap and analysis.

This post is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Follow her on Twitter @jessoneal84 and check out her awesome blog Sexy Little Nerd.

The episode opens with Rachel and a disapproving Kurt perusing a bridal magazine at the Lima Bean when Sebastian walks up. He hands Rachel her engagement present, which is a photoshopped picture of a nude Finn in pumps. Sebastian tells Rachel that unless she drops out of Regionals within 24 hours he will upload that photo and more to the internet. Back in the choir room, Finn is understandably upset and wants to take action against Sebastian. Mr. Schuester says that they will tell the Dalton headmaster, which Blaine predicts will accomplish nothing just as nothing was done when Sebastian nearly blinded him. Rachel tells everyone that it doesn’t matter because she is not going to be bullied by terrorists and they will deal with the consequences. Finn is not pleased with this decision and storms out.

We then go to Sue’s office where Quinn is just arriving. Sue tells her that she is pregnant – though she avoids saying who the father is – and suffering from severe morning sickness. A very stunned Quinn gives her tips for the morning sickness and then asks to rejoin the Cheerios. Sue denies her request.

In the auditorium we see Blaine pacing around, still agitated from the earlier discussion about Sebastian. Kurt shows up and asks if he is okay causing Blaine to snap at him. Blaine apologizes and says that he doesn’t want to “waste anymore time on [Sebastian]” and wants to focus on winning. He then tells Kurt that he has a new song he wants to try out.

Just before Blaine begins his song we are shown Karofsky at his new school entering the locker room. As he walks through, all of the guys begin to crowd around him and the smile fades from his face when he sees his locker. Blaine begins to sing “Cough Syrup” and the show cuts between shots of his performance and Karofsky in one of the most beautifully executed and difficult to watch sequences Glee has ever done. Karofsky backs away from his locker and we see that the word “FAG” has been spray painted across it. He exits the locker room as quickly as he can amid taunts and jeers. Back in his bedroom he gets on the computer and sees that his Facebook page has been spammed with hateful comments about his sexuality. He angrily flings objects off of his desk and wanders around his room, despondent. He then changes into a nice suit, looks up at a rafter in his room, and, crying, steps on to a chair.

In Principle Figgins’ office, Emma, Sue, Beiste, and Mr. Schuester discuss how they should handle the news of Karofsky’s attempted suicide with the students. We are shown the first of many flashback scenes in the episode, this one of Karofsky’s father holding his son, screaming for help.

We then join the God Squad as Mercedes suggests that they pray for Karofsky to find peace. Quinn says that they need to pray for his family instead, that he was just being selfish. Kurt shows up and tells her that she has no idea what he was going through. Quinn questions why Kurt is even there and Joe says that he invited him. Kurt tells them that he had no where else to go and that he feels responsible because he kept ignoring Karofsky’s phone calls thinking they were about what happened on Valentine’s Day.

Back in the hallways, Rachel and Finn apologize to each other for their earlier argument and Rachel says that she wants to get married after Regionals because life is too short to wait for an arbitrary date.

In an unexpected turn of events, Sebastian meets with Blaine, Kurt, Brittany, and Santana to apologize. He says that he deleted the photos of Finn and that the Warblers will be dedicating their performance at Regionals to Karofsky as well as taking donations for the Lady Gaga “Born This Way” foundation. He explains his new attitude by saying that “it’s all fun and games, until it’s not” and we are shown a flashback of him telling Karofsky that he should “stay in the closet” when Karofsky asks for advice on picking up guys.

Back in the auditorium, Mr. Schuester steps into his “good teacher” shoes and shares with the kids the story of how he contemplated suicide in his Junior year of high school. He talks about how everyone has a something that might push them to the edge and cause them to consider ending it, but if they were to do that, they would miss out on so much of life. He asks the kids to think of something that they are looking forward to in the future.

It is then time for Regionals, where one of the judges is a ridiculous man who is the host of late night horror movie show and dressed as a vampire. First up, the Warblers, led by Sebastian, perform “Stand” and “Glad You Came”. They are followed by the Golden Goblets who are a more traditional a capella Chamber group. We only get to hear a little of them singing, but it is enough to make me miss my old choir days (we sang songs much more similar to this than anything New Directions has ever done).

Backstage, New Directions prepare to go perform, but first Finn announces that he and Rachel will be getting married after the competition. They invite everyone to be there, regardless of what their personal feelings on the wisdom of the decision are. They then perform “Fly/I Believe I Can Fly”, “What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger)”, and “Here’s to Us” while Rachel’s dads, Carole, and Burt cheer them on. The weird vampire man announces that the Golden Goblets came in third place (once again, the third place group was overly excited for the news that they just lost), the Warblers came in second, and New Directions won. Everyone in New Directions celebrates while Blaine walks over to shake Sebastian’s hand.

After the competition, Quinn is once again called into Sue’s office where Sue tells her that she is going to let her rejoin the Cheerios. Quinn changes into the uniform and runs into Rachel in the hallway. Quinn tells Rachel that she wants to support her and Finn by coming to the wedding.

We then get to go to the hospital where we see Karofsky. Kurt visits him and tells him that he is glad he’s not dead to which Karofsky admits he is too. Kurt says that he should have returned Karofsky’s calls, but Karofsky asks why, when all he did was make his life hell for months. Karofsky goes on to tearfully explain how his best friend told him he never wants to talk to him again and his mom believes he has a disease from which he might be cured. He doesn’t know what to do and says that he can’t go back to his school. Kurt tells him to go to a different school and that there will be days where “life just sucks”, but that he will be able to get through it because he will have Kurt and others who love him by his side, offering support. Kurt then tells him about the lesson from Mr. Schuester to think about something in the future that they are looking forward to. Karofsky doesn’t think he can do that, so Kurt says he will help and tells him to close his eyes. Kurt paints the picture of Karofsky as a successful sports agent being greeted at work by his partner and their son so that he can take off work early and they can take their son to his first football game. Kurt says, “And you lean over to your partner and say—” and Karfsky opens his eyes and finishes the sentence by saying, “I’m so happy right now.” The scene ends with them holding hands and agreeing to be friends.

It is now time for the Finchel wedding and everyone begins to congregate at the Courthouse. Sue tells Mr. Schuester that she is pregnant and wants to help the glee club, no catch. We then see the parents of the bride and groom discussing the wisdom of their actions and ways in which they can stop the wedding.

Rachel comes out in a wedding dress she somehow had the time to buy and gets a text from Quinn saying that she had to go home to change into her bridesmaid dress. It cuts between the wedding party waiting for Quinn and Quinn stuck on a country road behind a slow tractor. Rachel texts Quinn to find out where she is and, as Quinn texts back the words “on my way”, she is hit by a truck. “To be continued…”

Jessica’s Thoughts: This was one of the most difficult hours of television I have ever had to sit through, but it was also one of the most beautiful. I barely even noticed the Regionals subplot with everything else that was going on around it, but I will mention that I thought the performances for it were good. The highlight, for me, was the Kelly Clarkson song. But it was the non-Regional performance of “Cough Syrup” that will never leave me.

Everything about this sequence was nothing short of amazing. In just a few minutes they were able to show the story of Karofsky’s journey into depression leading to the suicide attempt better than they could have done using any other method. Max Adler did an absolutely brilliant job with his acting. My heart ached for him as I watched him sink into despair. And, for once, the cuts back and forth from the actual performance of the song served only to enhance the emotions they sought to convey. Darren Criss was incredible. The passion and feeling that he put into his performance accentuated the desperation Karofsky was feeling perfectly. I guessed where this scene was headed, but that in no way lessened the pain that ripped through my heart when Karofsky took that one last gasping sob and stepped up on the chair. I have never cried so much during an episode of Glee.

Another scene that I want to mention was one of the shortest in the episode, but also one of the most powerful: the flashback to Karofsky’s dad discovering him. I had finally slowed my crying when this scene came out of nowhere and punched me in the gut. I am so glad that it did not last longer than it did because I honestly don’t know if I could have handled it. His dad holding his body and screaming for help just….it undid me.

It was the hospital scene, though, that I think I will remember above all else. Chris Colfer and Max Adler both deserve every award they can get for this scene. Everything about it was perfect. Seeing these two characters who have been at such odds with each other come together and grasp hands as friends was one of the most moving things I have ever witnessed. Karofsky’s pain as he shared the things he went through in the days leading up to his suicide attempt broke my heart into even smaller pieces than it had already been broken into. But it was the story of hope that Kurt painted for him that I found truly moving. The hope in Karofsky’s eyes when he opened them and said “I’m so happy right now” with a huge smile on his face…I can’t even begin to describe what this did to me.

If you listen to Glee Chat, you know that I was aware of the impending car crash and Quinn’s involvement. I knew it was coming and I thought I was prepared – I wasn’t. I don’t know if it was because I was already such an emotional wreck from everything else, but the final shot of her being rammed by that truck shook me to my core. I can’t believe we have to wait six weeks to find out her fate. I am clinging to my belief that having her actually die would be too heavy for Glee, which likes to end on hope. They can send a powerful message about the dangers of texting while driving without having her die. I really hope that turns out to be the case.

Watch Daniel Radcliffe’s latest PSA for The Trevor Project which aired during last night’s episode of Glee.

 

This post is written by Glee Chat co-host Jessica O’Neal. Follow her on Twitter @jessoneal84 and check out her awesome blog Sexy Little Nerd.

With Captain America: Civil War coming to theaters this week in the U.S., the Russo brothers are teasing their plans for Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 and Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2!

In an interview with Uproxx, the Russo brothers revealed that they believe that the current titles for the next Avengers films are misleading. Joe Russo stated, “The movies are two very different movies.” However, the current title makes it feel as though it’s the same story just split into two different films. It looks like that’s not what they’re going for, though.

“The intention is we will change it, we just haven’t come up with the titles yet. But, yes, we will change it. And, yes, that is a scoop: we will retitle them,” Joe Russo went on to say in the interview. Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 is currently scheduled for release on May 4, 2018 so it may be quite a while before we learn what the new title is. Thanos will be serving as the main antagonist in both of the films, with the conflict revolving around the Infinity Stones.

Before we even get to Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1, Marvel still has several movies to release. Including, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther.

Marvel recently pulled Inhumans from their upcoming Phase Three slate. It was supposed to be released July 12, 2019 after the release of Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2. It’s still unclear whether the film is cancelled entirely or if it is simply being pushed back.

Are you glad to hear ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ will be retitled?

Another nail has just been placed through the cable box coffin: Hulu has just confirmed reports that they’re putting together a live TV service.

Speaking in front of advertisers on Wednesday morning, Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins said that live TV on Hulu is in the pipeline and will offer consumers a way to watch network and cable channels live via Hulu’s suite of apps.

Hopkins’ comments arrive on the heels of a report in the Wall Street Journal which first revealed the streaming service’s plans. According to that report, ESPN, ABC, Disney, Fox News, FX are the first channels set to join Hulu’s live TV service. Hopkins didn’t confirm any channels during his presentation this morning.

When it launches, Hulu will likely have one of the best shots at making a live TV streaming service take off, and it may seriously disrupt the traditional cable box business. The only other major service currently offering live TV via streaming is Sling TV (with plans starting at $20/month), but unlike Hulu, Sling lacks brand recognition.

Over the past couple of years it’s been widely report that Apple has made several attempts at creating a live TV service like the one Hulu is trying to put together, but the iPhone maker has run into trouble striking deals with the various networks.

Hulu’s current packages allow consumers to watch TV shows from most of the major channels the day after they air on traditional television. Plans start at $7.99 per month.

For some fans, watching TV shows live is important so they can live tweet or discuss their shows elsewhere online immediately after they air. A live TV service from Hulu could cause many people to get rid of their traditional cable boxes, which tend to come saddled with bad user interfaces and extra fees.

Are you tentatively interested in Hulu’s live TV service?

The price of the service will be an important factor in how many people subscribe, of course. Hopefully it’s cheaper than most cable subscriptions.

What Jon Snow’s fate means for the future of ‘Game of Thrones’

Oh, the places we'll go, the things we'll learn!

11:00 am EDT, May 4, 2016

This week, Game of Thrones continued to create more questions out of answering others.

Now that we finally know for certain what we all predicted, it’s time to speculate how this will impact Game of Thrones going forward. Yes, of course I’m talking about Jon Snow’s resurrection.

There are larger implications for the future of the show besides the fact that Jon is an active character again. Aside from how different Jon himself might be, we also must consider what his presence means for other characters and plots.

First thing’s first, Melisandre is going to die. She has two things working against her. 1) She did her part in bringing Jon back, so her purpose is done. 2) She’s getting a sympathetic edit, and that never bodes well. Start preparing yourself now, because Melisandre doesn’t have long for this world. It is known (wait, no, wrong religion!).

Now let’s talk about Jon. What Jon Snow are we getting back ? Resurrection is not new to Westeros. Most recently we saw the Mountain brought back to life through ‘scientific’ methods, and he appears to be quite obedient. He’s mute and just does what he’s told, a mere killing machine (although, you could argue that’s all he was in life too).

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Then there’s Beric Dondarrion, resurrected by Thoros through magical means in more or less the same way as Jon. Though Thoros was adept at this feat (he’d done it enough times), every time Beric came back, he lost a bit of himself. Memories would go, and he seemed only capable of (re)living for a singular purpose: revenge.

This was Melisandre’s first attempt at bringing the dead back to life, so it’s possible she might have screwed up somewhere in the ritual, causing Jon to come back a little different from the Jon we know. Even if she did it perfectly, Jon is likely to be a changed man.

Having died, he has no Night’s Watch oaths to maintain, and seeking revenge on those who killed him would understandably be a high priority. We’ve known Jon to be more merciful than merciless, but will this be reversed after losing a part of himself in death?

And will Jon’s return impact other characters? Sansa is on her way to Castle Black, and after hearing what she has to say (assuming they actually do reunite), Jon will have more vengeance to seek. The Boltons have taken over his home and hurt his family, so it’s likely he’ll rally all he can to help him go after them.

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Back home in Winterfell, Ramsay is planning on storming Castle Black, and if he’d done it earlier, he just might have won. The old Jon probably wouldn’t have been prepared for a man like Ramsay, but the new Jon will give no pity and show no mercy. After having died, Jon might feel he’s nothing to lose, that this is a second chance and he’ll take it guns blazing (swords slashing?). It would be the perfect contrast, the two Snow bastards who each believe Winterfell is theirs, fighting to the death.

Jon coming back is also almost solid proof that R + L = J. From the beginning we’ve heard tidbits of information about Lyanna Stark, Ned’s sister, and the mentions last season were particularly blatant and frequent. Even this season, already, we’ve gotten a Lyanna reference, when Bran visited the past. Unless it’s a giant red herring, there’s obviously a reason a long dead woman with seemingly no relevance keeps getting a shout out.

Of course, if it is true that Jon is a Stark and Targaryen, then Dany is not necessarily the ‘rightful’ heir to the Iron Throne. Being half Targaryen also means that Jon has the blood of the dragon, and he has a claim to the Throne and to one of Dany’s dragons.

Side note: He probably won’t get Drogon, since he’s Dany’s favorite. But how funny would it be if Jon just strolls in and Drogon immediately bows down and does what he’s told? That’ll teach Dany the importance of training!

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Having been resurrected by the fire god and having the blood of the dragon also poses an interesting notion of Jon’s overall purpose. It’s long been postulated that the “Ice and Fire” referenced in the book series title is Jon and Dany. But what if it’s just Jon? Jon has gotten ‘looks’ from both sides: Melisandre stared him down when she first saw him, and believes him to be Azor Ahai. The Night’s King also shared what seemed like a telling look with Jon at Hardhome.

We know the war between ice and fire is coming, so what if Jon is a link that connects them? He’s the undead brought back to fight the undead, and put an end to this war. He won’t do it alone, either. Azor Ahai needed a weapon to fight the darkness, and he had Lightbringer. If we’re to assume Lightbringer is a physical sword, it’s most likely Longclaw. In season 5, both Jon and a White Walker were surprised to see Longclaw kill the White Walker. We thusly learned that Valyrian steel can kill White Walkers. But what if it was more than just being Valyrian steel? If Jon is Azor Ahai, why couldn’t Longclaw be Lightbringer, the ‘hero’s sword’ meant to fight the darkness?

Jon coming back opens many doors. There are so many possibilities his presence brings to the show. Is Melisandre finished? Will Jon be the one to kill Ramsay? Is Jon really half Targaryen? And most importantly, will he ride a dragon?!

How do you think Jon’s resurrection will impact the future of ‘Game of Thrones’?