"We've never done anything by the book," said Ryan. "We made that decision
and I involved Chris and Lea and they thought that was a good idea. They both
trust the writing and trust me and felt that it would be great to have an open
and closed experience for them to go out while they were on top."
Although Cory wasn't involved in the decision-making process, Ryan seemed
sure that the actor is aware of the upcoming changes, saying, "He knows he was a
sophomore when the show started."