Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Chris Colfer Graduating But NOT Leaving 'Glee': How Will This Work?

It looks like Rachel, Finn and Kurt won't be booking one-way tickets out of Lima, Ohio, upon graduating at the end of "Glee"'s third season, as was previously reported.

The news out of Comic-Con this weekend, according to Deadline, is that Lea Michele, Cory Monteith and Chris Colfer will remain on the Fox musical series even though their characters are set to receive diplomas.

"Here’s the exact thing: They’re seniors. They’re graduating. But that doesn’t mean they’re leaving the show," series co-creator and executive producer Brad Falchuk said. "It was never our intention or plan to let these people go... They are not done with the show after this season."

What does this mean, then, for the trio's characters? Well, for one, Rachel and Kurt likely won't live out their dreams of Broadway careers (at least just yet). Falchuk told the panel they had been considering a New York-centric spin-off featuring Rachel, Finn and Kurt, but that they were now "leaning against doing it."

To which I ask, why? Will these dynamic characters be better-served biding their time in the environs of McKinley High? What logical purpose will they serve? Will Finn become a mechanic alongside Burt Hummel? Will Rachel transform her basement stage into a vocal training studio? Will Kurt become a glee-club costume designer? Or will they all just attend Lima Junior College and dominate the collegiate-level show-choir scene? I find it hard to believe these ambitious teens (or Rachel and Kurt, at the very least) would abandon their big-city goals to stay in their small town. And I don't want them to.

How would you like to see Rachel, Finn and Kurt's storylines play out after they graduate in season three? Tell us in the comments and on Twitter!