Troy and Abed in the morning! But only some mornings, because Troy is too busy working on his music career to spend all his time at college. Bad news, ‘Community’ fans: Abed's right hand man Troy will not be returning as a full-time student to Greendale. Donald Glover, who plays Troy Barnes on the Dan Harmon comedy, will be returning to the upcoming fifth season on only a part-time schedule. Okay everyone; say it with me: “NOOOO!”
According to Vulture, Glover’s reps have struck a deal with Sony Pictures that will allow Glover to only appear in five of the thirteen episodes currently planned for season five. Glover is looking to spend more time focusing on his music career, under the stage name Childish Gambino, and as such is looking for a reduced role on the series. I understand the need for him to flourish artistically, but the part of me that loves Troy is sad that we will get to see him for less than half of next season’s episodes.
With this most recent blow, the next season on ‘Community’ should have a very different feel than the previous years. Chevy Chase departed the show abruptly in season 4, but series creator Dan Harmon is making his triumphant return as showrunner. What will this mean for the study group? Dynamics are likely to change--or Chang, if they decide to fill the missing seats with other characters like Chang or Dean Pelton.
Will you miss Troy as much as I will?