It's now the present day as Glee Season 6 Episode 13 begins. Will remembers his 1993 Nationals performance as Rachel, Kurt, and Blaine help him dress in a tux for the 2015 show choir Nationals competition. The New Directions have competed and won, bringing home another giant trophy to McKinley.
When Will returns to the school, he meets with the superintendent and learns that McKinley will now be a performing arts high school. He wants Will to run the school. Three months later, he and Emma prepare for his first day as principal and discuss their future and how far they've come to get there.
Will walks into a full choir room on his first day and reveals that the school will have more than one glee club. The Troubletones will be returning and they'll have an all-male choir known as Duly Noted. Additionally, there will be a junior varsity squad. Mercedes asks how he'll coach them all and he says he won't be coaching any of them.
As Will sings them his goodbye song, "Teach Your Children," Blaine begins to cry. So does Rachel. And Tina. By the time he's finished singing, Will is crying too.
In the locker room, Will puts air into footballs to prepare for inventory. Blaine asks if he's thought about moving back to New York and Sam says that's not his speed. Blaine misses his best friend and Sam says Lima is his home and where he's meant to be. Sam is the new coach of the New Directions.
Mercedes assembles her friends in the auditorium to tell them that she's been picked up to open for Beyonce. She gives them a heartfelt thank you for helping her see that good things are possible and for helping her learn to have confidence in herself. Then she sings goodbye with a song.
Blaine and Kurt enter Will's office to find Sue standing behind his desk. Kurt asks her to sit down and they thank her for getting them back together. She thanks Kurt for teaching her about herself and then excuses herself to go visit Will. On the way she runs into Becky Jackson.
Sue meets Will in the auditorium and begins singing ABBA's "The Winner Takes It All." Will joins in on the song and they duet together. When Will tries to speak, Sue stops him. On her way out, she kicks Brad's piano stool out from underneath him.
It is now five years later and Becky and Sue are going on the Geraldo Rivera show. She has become the Vice President of the United States. Jeb Bush is the President. She has plans to run for President in 2024.
In the present day, Kurt and Blaine look through Kurt's locker, which has become a time capsule to Kurt's time at McKinley and story with Blaine. In their future, they become the first to perform an LGBTQ production of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and attend career day at the Harvey Milk school for a sing-a-long.
Rachel says goodbye to McKinley in the auditorium with "This Time" (written by Darren Criss). Five years later, Mercedes, Kurt, Blaine, Artie, and Tina visit Rachel. She's pregnant with Kurt and Blaine's baby. AND she's married to Jesse St. James. She's been nominated for a Tony and he's already won.
Kurt, Artie, Tina, Blaine, and Mercedes, along with their friends, watch the awards from New York. Will, Sam, and Emma watch from Lima. Rachel wins. She dedicates the award to Will Schuester, who taught to her strengths and not her weaknesses. She ends by telling all the boys and girls out there that dreams really do come true.
In the Fall of 2020, Vice President Sue Sylvester dedicates the auditorium to Finn's memory and the New Directions, all generations, sing "I Lived" for the stage's inaugural performance.