On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me, five gol-Dean seasons! That’s right Greendale students, the unthinkable has happened. After taking longer than expected to return for season 4, NBC is bringing back Community for season 5.

Ratings from last night’s season finale were impressive enough for executives to turn their heads (it matched American Idol in the under 35 demographic) and give Community at least one more semester on NBC.

Right now there’s a question as to just how many episodes this fifth season will have, but Vulture says there should be at least 13 episodes, just like this past season. This would take us to the graduation of the rest of our favorite study group, since the finale last night saw both Jeff (Joel McHale) and Pierce (Chevy Chase) graduate from Greendale. After all, we can’t just leave Troy (Donald Glover), Abed (Danny Pudi), Annie (Alison Brie), Britta (Gillian Jacobs) and Shirley (Yvette Nicole Brown) at school, can we?

Considering the tension between Chase and the series writers and executive producers which resulted in the actor’s premature departure from the show, there’s a good chance that Pierce won’t be back at all next season. Did everyone notice how the episode which dove into the study group’s origin story sparsely featured Pierce? Even the end sequence in the yogurt shop didn’t show his face, just his body flailing on the ground. That’s because the finale was shot out of order, and nothing drastic had to be done to explain Pierce’s absence. And now that he’s finally graduated, he can be gone for good.

However, will fans think this is good news? Community season 4 was under the reign of new co-showrunners David Guarascio and Moses Port, and many fans felt that, at points, it just didn’t seem up to par with previous seasons. There were a few episodes that really worked; however, that was likely due to veteran writers handling the scripts. Still, it can’t hurt to hope for the best and see what happens next season.

Stay tuned to screen rant for more updates on Community season 5

Source: Vulture