It’s hard to believe it has now been one month since the world was rocked with the news of Cory Monteith’s untimely, tragic passing. The cast and crew of Glee, however, have now been back at work on the Emmy-award winning FOX hit and are faced with the difficult task of writing football and Glee club star Finn Hudson out of the show.
Executive producer Ryan Murphy has now spoken out over the nature of the third episode of this fifth season, which is to be a tribute to Cory and Finn. Whilst it was wildly speculated that art would be imitating life, and Finn may lose his life in a similar way to Cory, Ryan has revealed in an interview with Deadline that this may not be the case.
“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose – that was something we considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that,” showrunner Murphy said, adding “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died… ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life’. That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”
Ryan Murphy went on to state that they are now “just finishing” the memorial episode, and that it is a “lovely” and “heartfelt” tribute to both the character and the actor.
The fifth, and reportedly second to last season of Glee is due to premiere September 26, opening with a two-part Beatles tribute before airing the Finn Hudson memorial as episode three, and then going on an extended hiatus.
Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the Glee family as they go through the difficult process of saying goodbye to not only their friend, but the character he so lovingly portrayed.