Lea Michele Makes the Most Amazing Sacrifice for the 'Glee' Cast

Imagine the love of your life has just died in a most unexpected and tragic way. The two of you met and fell in love while at work. And now you're expected to go back to work -- back to the same place with so many memories, a place that could now be excruciating for you. This is the dilemma faced by Lea Michele, who will not only go back to work on Glee, where she spent so many years singing and acting with her boyfriend Cory Monteith, but will have millions of people intently watching and parsing her every line of dialogue, searching for parallels between her character, Rachel, and her real self. I simply can't fathom the pressure of it. But Lea sounds amazingly strong.

Glee will only be postponed for one week -- a decision that Lea herself was behind, according to TVLine.com. In an interview with Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy, he reveals that it was a struggle to decide what to do, but eventually Lea felt that the show must go on. He said:

We just decided that it would probably be the best for everybody to get back together and be working and have grief counselors on set for two weeks, which we’re going to do. But, ultimately, we made no decisions without consulting Lea. [Executive producer] Brad Falchuk and I talked to Lea and really asked her what she wanted to do. We laid out every possible option. And she was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back together sooner [rather] than later so that mortgages could be paid and people could take care of their families ... Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she’s also one of the strongest people I know. She wants people to be better and get back to work.

Wow, it really is amazing that Lea is selflessly thinking about others during this time -- people who work on the show who need to pay their bills and support their families. She knows how difficult it is to find a hit show that offers steady work.

On the other hand, I wonder how this will be for her emotionally in the long run. People do need time to shut down, and grieve, and feel all of their emotions. Going straight back to work gives you a distraction that could easily allow you to bury your feelings and not deal with them.

On the other hand, Lea wants to be with the "family" who knew him so well and grieve collectively. Going back to work can be a huge comfort to her.

Ryan also says that Cory's character of Finn Hudson will die, an episode he is carefully writing now, and I think that's the way to go. Nothing else would make sense. Life can be full of song and dance -- but it is also inevitably filled with pain, death, and sorrow. There's no reason a TV show shouldn't acknowledge that.

May Lea and everyone else on Glee find comfort in each other.

Do you think Glee should have continued? Have you ever gone right back to work after a tragedy?


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Lilyp... Lilypad523

I realize I may be alone in this thought, but I don't think Finn should be killed off. I think that's just forcing everyone to relive the pain. However, if Lea and the rest of the cast and crew feel its the best option, then that's what should be done. She's such a brave, strong woman.

nonmember avatar Rachel Looney

I think that the people of Glee will be able to give her more comfort and help than when by herself. To lose someone that meant so much to you is hard, and it hurts for a long while. I had lost my gf a couple of years ago and I only had one of my friends help me feel better about everything. I am very happy to have her and anyone in my life. So she really needs her glee family right now after losing her boyfriend. God rest his soul.

nonmember avatar Akil

Its very difficult situation yes life must go On and bills are still and always will be present but grievingIis need but it might be best for her to surround herself in the cast/family where she fell in love with him.

Mary Lou Lavdas Litos

like they say, the show must go on, and Lea is very courageous, and selfless to think this way. Cory will always be remembered as a talent lost to young. May he rest in peace.

nonmember avatar Amy

I think, sad as it will undoubtedly be, Finn has to be killed off. Anything else will just leave the viewer hanging and wanting more Finn, which is impossible except in flashbacks. Also, most of us have to go right back to work after a loss. Most of us cannot afford to miss work and most jobs allow a limited number of paid days off.

nonmember avatar Martin Reyes

considero necesario dos cosas: un especial que no tenga nada que ver con la serie sobre la vida de Cory , bloopers , palabras de sus compañeros , declaraciones de fans . Y la historia no debe ser distinta a la realidad se debe manejar inteligentemente la muerte del personaje

nonmember avatar kaerae

I worked with a lady who lost her grown son to cancer. She was back at work right after the funeral. Some idiots judged her for it, but she said if she were alone in the house all day she probably would have killed herself. Our employer told her that the time was hers whenever she wanted it, whether now or years from now. Sometimes work is the only thing keeping people going on. Sometimes it's best for people to take their downtime down the road, after the initial phases of grief, not that it ever heals.

Tiffany Green

i think killing off Finn in all honesty would be better off. I mean it would be stupid to say "oh he moved to alabama." or something like that. That way they expect him to be back when he wont be in reality. So killing off Finn would be better off. I didnt like Finn that much anyway. R.I.P. Cory. You will be missed by everyone.


nonmember avatar Michael

Unexpected?! Really? He had a drug and alcohol problem. How many other celebs have we seen over the past 60 years that have died from such things? This should not be unexpected at all.

nonmember avatar Danielle

I agree with their decision to have his character die. It sounds awful but if they were to just have him move away suddenly or something it would be so trite and with the "maybe he will come back some day" feeling (even though the fans know he couldn't) this is more permanent and will allow them to do a good tribute to him.

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