Cory MonteithThe news that Glee star Cory Monteith had entered rehab for substance abuse may not have surprised fans familiar with his past, but that doesn't mean they don't have questions. Like what the heck is going to happen to the show without one of their leading men? Turns out they're moving on ... without him!

Oh, don't get your knickers with the Finn face on the butt in a twist. Ryan Murphy hasn't fired Monteith.

If anything, the folks at the Fox show have been nothing but supportive. There's been a lot of love floating around from cast members on Twitter, and a show source told E! people on set agree he shouldn't delay treatment.

But the finale, which comes out this month (I know, already!) has to be re-written.

So, that Finchel reunion you were hoping for? It ain't gonna happen, y'all.

At least, not right now. Nor are we going to see Mr. Schue and Finn finally make nice.

What will happen? The writers are apparently planning an "organic" way to deal with his absence, which could mean a variety of things.

I'm just spitballing here, but let's consider the facts: Finn has already been inspired by Marley to go back to school and get a teaching degree. The writers could simply ignore his absence, take the kids to Regionals (which is supposed to be the scene of the big finale episode) and fade to black. When they come back in the fall, Monteith should be back on track, and they can work him back in.

Then again, ignoring Finn completely isn't exactly the Glee style. There's no reason he can't be part of the story without actually seeing Monteith. It's just as likely Rachel will launch herself on a new romantic path that leaves us wondering when Finn will walk in to bust things up ... and THEN they'll fade to black.

Those are just two possibilities, but Gleeks should know by now that whatever the writers come up with for Cory Monteith's character, it won't be what we were expecting a few weeks ago!

Will you miss Finn in the finale? What do you think they should do with his character?

 

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