Max Adler Returning as Karofsky in Season 6 of Glee

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You read that right, folks: Dave Karofsky is coming back to Glee.

Max Adler, who played the closeted gay, bullying football player during the first three seasons of Glee, is heading back to the musical series for its final season. Adler will be returning for a four-episode arc, where Karofsky will not be romantically pursuing Kurt (who he kissed and came out to back during Glee’s second season) but instead setting his sights on Kurt’s fiancé Blaine. The casting news was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter, and Adler himself is staying tight-lipped about any more  specifics regarding his storyline, as you can see by this cryptic tweet that he posted.

During his three seasons on Glee (although he did recently make a brief appearance on the series during a dream sequence in the season five episode, “Opening Night”), Adler’s Karofsky was a polarizing character, involved in many important but controversial storylines for the Fox series. Most notably, midway through season three, Karofsky attempted suicide after he was outed to his classmates at his new school. Although it was an incredibly dark turn for Glee, which, at that time, still identified itself as a musical comedy series, the storyline did end on a more positive note, with Kurt visiting his former tormentor in the hospital and helping him envision an amazing future for himself, which included a job as a sports agent, a devoted husband, and a kid of his own.

After finishing up his three-season arc on Glee, Adler’s television credits have included a recurring gig on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth and guest starring appearance in CSI and ABC’s short-lived drama Last Resort. His return to Glee supports a recent quote from Ryan Murphy, where he promised that the show was, yet again, “getting back to its roots.”

“We’re working on the last season now, and it really feels like it’s getting back to its roots, which I love,” Murphy said earlier this summer at the Critics Choice Television Awards. “I’m sort of reinvigorated about it. It’s getting back to what I was initially interested in with the show, which was arts in school. The last season is really about the importance of arts education in our high schools… I think people will like it.”

The sixth and final season of Glee, which is slated to premiere at midseason on Fox, will consist of 13 episodes and reportedly focus on Lea Michele’s Rachel returning to McKinley High in Lima to reboot New Directions. How other characters, such as Kurt and Blaine, also end up back in Ohio remains to be seen.

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Chris is the Managing Editor of TVOvermind. A graduate of Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, where he majored in English and Film, he has been writing for TVOvermind for over two years and has written about several different television shows, such as New Girl, Breaking Bad, Glee, and Homeland. Contact him through Twitter (@ckinger13) or email (
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