Glee was always one of those shows that would have gone on for season after season, but a tragedy struck in the form of Cory Monteith‘s death. The show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, spoke about the show’s ending at an FX Networks event, and explained that Cory’s death changed his planned ending for the show.
He explained to reporters, “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around [Lea Michele’s character] Rachel and [Monteith's character] Finn’s story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was, [Finn] was in it. I knew what the last line was — she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring it out.”
He adds that he still has a ‘good idea’ about the ending of the show now, and says, “it’s kind of in [Monteith's] honor, which I love.”
See: this is the perfect example of a great decision made by a Hollywood executive. They realized the kind of impact Cory’s death had on the show – not just on the co-stars and everyone involved personally, but on the creative future of the show. Obviously, it was completely out of their control and there was nothing they could have done to make it not happen – but the way they have dealt with the aftermath has been nothing short of classy.
Murphy especially dealt with the memorial episode in a beautiful manner, and the fact that he’s choosing to end the show rather than endlessly and unnecessary stretch it is a testament to his own moral values and Cory’s impact.
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