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Fans who wanted the Glee season three finale to wrap up everything with a pretty bow (preferably on a wedding gift) can forget about popping the champagne. Not only did one of the series' most shocking storylines—the wedding of Rachel and Finn—not happen, the sweet-singing duo ultimately split with newly minted New Yorker Rachel Berry fading down Fifth Avenue.
It was obvious something was awry when their impending nuptials went unmentioned until a scene that focused on the couple's disagreement over wedding reception chairs. Rachel, who feels she's already compromised on the food, venue, and nearly everything else ("Does my butt have to compromise too?" she asks), wants the elegant, pricier option. Finn's behind is just fine with white folding chairs, but something else is on his mind—his fear that starry-eyed Rachel is settling for less than she deserves by marrying him. Reassurances are offered and there's a shimmer of hope that we'll get to see Rachel step out in her Audrey Hepburn-inspired wedding dress (above) a second time, until, later in the episode, Finn confides in his mother that he feels like he's failed his late father by becoming an actor instead of setting his sights on a military career. His doubts about acting are only exacerbated when he's rejected from The Actor's Studio—of Bravo's Inside the Actor's Studio—while Rachel gets into the prestigious New York Academy of Dramatic Arts. (Kurt, in a heartbreaking move by the Glee powers-at-be, is rejected from NYADA.)
Rachel decides to defer her acceptance for a year to help Finn and Kurt work on their applications in hopes they can all move to New York as planned. Finn, however, has seemingly coordinated a pseudo-kidnapping scheme with Rachel's fathers and delivers her to the train station so she can meet her parents in New York to look at dormitories. "You're going to get on that train. OK?" he tells her. "And you're going to go to New York and be a star, without me. That's how much I love you." Rachel, devastated and dissolved to tears, puts up a fight but ultimately boards the train and emerges from New York's Grand Central in a bright red pea coat (and a very smart hat).
And that's it! Luckily, Rachel, Finn, and Kurt are all slated to return for season 4, but no news on whether the lovebirds will be reunited—or if we'll ever get to experience a "Finchel" wedding. Even so, the Rachel-Finn engagement storyline created a lot of buzz for the popular series, and with Kurt—who, in my opinion, should have been admitted to NYADA over Rachel (he killed his audition!)—sticking around Ohio, what's not to say Glee's producers won't send Kurt and Blaine down the aisle? Sure, it's highly unlikely that the teen wedding storyline will get a second treatment (nor should it!), but I'm still selfishly holding out for another epic, musical processional—especially since creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy confirmed in an interview with Vulture that "Mr. Shue" wont be tying the knot any time soon.