Just as we’re coming down from the euphoria of Community‘s unexpected season 5 pick-up and Dan Harmon’s return as showrunner, we get news that breaks our hearts. Donald Glover, who plays Troy Barnes, has been reduced to part-time status, according to TVLine.
Glover reportedly wants to focus more on his music career, where he performs as rapper Childish Gambino. Since 2008, Glover has released four rap albums. Most of these albums have featured several of Glover’s friends from his Mystery Team days, including comedian DC Pierson.
So, what does this mean for Community fans? Well, Troy will still appear in season 5. However, he will only be in five of the season’s 13 episodes. Abed will surely be despondent without his BFF by his side. The end tags will also suffer, as the best ones always highlight Troy and Abed’s amazing friendship.
Community will return at some point next season. It is not currently scheduled, so it will likely premiere in 2014. Let us know what you think. Can you imagine even one episode of Community without Troy?