Cory Monteith's death shocked his fans, his adoring girlfriend, Lea Michele, and the cast of Glee. But now the creators of the hit TV series are burdened with writing Cory and his character, Finn Hudson, out of the show. They'll want to do it in a way that pays homage to him and his character. In a way that's believable for fans. And in a way that doesn't deny the reality of what happened. The cast has just reassembled to shoot again, and they can only go so long without explaining away Finn's presence. How will they do it? Well, the how has been revealed. And it's a bit shocking, to say the least.
Fox has released a statement saying how Finn's departure will be handled. It says:
The third episode will write Finn out of the show. That episode will deal directly with the incidents involved with Cory's passing and the drug abuse in particular.
In addition, co-creator Ryan Murphy will film an anti-drug PSA with the cast that will "speak directly with the audience."
Wow. This is all pretty heavy-duty for a character best known for singing cheesy '80s songs. But the writers were in a difficult position. Writing that Finn suddenly decided to move to Europe wouldn't make much sense -- plus, it would seem like a cop-out.
Are they really going to have Finn die of a drug overdose just like Cory, when Finn had no history of drug use? At least that anyone knew about?
In some ways, this could be an important teachable moment -- letting people know that drugs affect people from all walks of life. Even people like Finn.
On the other hand, Cory is not Finn. Finn is not Cory. Cory came from a tough background and had an addiction problem that most everyone who knew him was familiar with. Not so with Finn.
Should the writers stick to character? Wouldn't it have been more in character to send Finn off to college, as he was already on the verge of doing?
This is a tough call. But I'm sure the writers will handle it with sensitivity. And the show has dealt with incredibly difficult subjects in the past -- why not drug abuse?
But, even weirder, could this be some kind of "gotcha" scenario where Finn dies, and someone else has a drug abuse problem? The statement released by Fox is a tad vague. Ryan Murphy previously said that Finn would "pass" -- did he mean something else besides die? Arrrgh. So confusing.
I can't imagine Lea having to act out a scene about Finn dying of a drug overdose. However, I doubt she wouldn't do anything she didn't want to do.
Lea, who stepped out the other day wearing her "Cory" necklace, is a "pillar of strength," according to the head of Fox. And she shows it in this latest tweet:
Do you think Finn should die of a drug overdose?
Image via Lea Michele/Instagram