'Glee's Ryan Murphy Reveals How Finn Hudson's Death Will Be Handled in Cory Monteith Memorial Episode

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Cory MonteithIt's hard to believe that there's just a little more than a month left until Glee season 5 premieres on FOX. Sure, fans are looking forward to the two-part Beatles tribute in episodes one and two, but the real question is what's going to happen in the season's third episode, which has been designated as a tribute to Cory Monteith.

According to recent reports, Monteith's girlfriend and fellow Glee star Lea Michele had her own ideas about how the tribute should play out. Ideally, she wanted the episode to tell the "truth about what can happen" if someone gets involved with drugs. Well, Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed what will happen in the Cory Monteith tribute, in great detail I might add, in an interview with Deadline.

And let me tell you, it sounds just right.


Let's get straight to it. Here's what Ryan had to say about the episode:

There were a lot of things that we had to decide -- how are we going to deal with his death? At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose -- that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died. The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, "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.

The cast and crew have had solace in being together. They’ve been holed up doing those Beatles numbers. There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We’re just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we’ll send it to [the studio 20th Century Fox Television] to get their approvals. But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve.

After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.

Wow. Okay. A lot to digest here. Let's go over the highlights:

Finn won't be dying of an overdose: I like this. I don't know. Something about having Finn's cause of death be identical to Cory's made me feel uneasy. As Murphy mentions, death is so morbid as it is. Losing Finn is a hard blow on its own, and adding in drug use just makes it a little too over-the-top in my opinion.

The cast and crew are really valuing this time back together: As they should. Death, as tragic as it is, has a way of bringing people together and allowing them to focus on the really important, valuable things in life. I think it's safe to say that the entire Glee team really appreciates what they have, the excellent bonds they've formed, and the opportunity to be in such a tight-knit, loving community. 

The hiatus is coming, and we don't exactly for how long: This is a good thing. Even though being together has helped the grieving process, it's important to breathe and allow time for reflection. It's really great that Ryan and the team are on the same page with that.

Do you think Ryan and the Glee team have made the right decisions regarding Cory Monteith's tribute episode?




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SaphireH SaphireH

To me yes they have, i can't wait for Glee to start even though i know its gonna make me cry

CLM3345 CLM3345

Glee has tackled so many issues: bullying, suicide, school shootings, texting and driving,etc... as hard as it would be to watch and I'm sure so hard on the cast, I wish they would've used overdose. It's such an important topic. We're losing so many of our youth to drugs. Part of me wishes they would've addressed drug overdose. Even if it saved just one life, it would've been worth it. The other part of me completely understands how much pain they're in and how hard that would be on his friends, family and co-stars.

2rcom4t 2rcom4t

It wouldn't be right to have Finn die from an over dose but it would be good to have an episode that dealt with it just like they did with the other issues.

Alexa... AlexaAdams

I was originally in favor of the overdose direction but I really respect this direction decision. It shouldn't be about his manner of death, it should be about his life (Finn).

nonmember avatar Cass

To be fair, he did say accidental overdose. Doesn't rule out intentional overdose. I think a suicide would be an interesting plot point.

nonmember avatar Chandra

I agree there should be a tribute, perhaps as a stand alone, nothing to do with storyline. However,I feel that with every other thing they are willing to talk about and push the envelope with, this should be added. His own fiance wanted it that way, to show just how devastating and real and easily hidden drug use is. They should have honored her choice. Would it have been sad, and difficult to watch? Yes, absolutely. But it is those things and more in reality. And the more people understand that the better the chances of avoiding our in their own lives. It's hard, I agree, but reality is, his choices ended his life, and that should be reflected in his character, not as a punishment, but a reality. Instead, they are choosing to pretend this stuff doesn't happen. In the end, his death will have taught nothing, because it will be hidden away, despite what the people who loved him the most wanted. How does that honor him out his struggles?

Nicole Katherine

I had mixed feelings about it but I think that this is a good way to go. It didn't fit Finn to die of a drug overdose but then with his new found party boy habits at college I could have seen using it as an opportunity to educate about date rape drugs and what can happen unknowingly. I'm curious to see how everything works out but I think this is a good direction to go.

nonmember avatar Ellie

I'm torn. I understand and support the decision to not pinpoint a cause of death, but I think it would have been beneficial to stick with the drug theme. I've lost people to overdose. It's something that deserves the attention. I also think that the research that would have gone into writing such an episode would have shared information with the cast that may help them heal. I believe that without a specific cause of Finn's death, viewers will be left with a lot of unanswered questions and may get a bitter taste for the show.

Scott H. Kitajima

I Think That Ryan Is Handling It, The "Right" Way.

Don't Listen To Lea, She Is a Heartless B*tch, And She Wouldn't Know Anything About How Real People Deal With Feelings. 

Vivian Taylor

That's exactly how it should be handled cause even though Cory played a brilliant character and really embodied Finn, in the end Cory is not Finn and Finn is not Cory. They had separate lives and separate problems and issues to deal with. Giving Finn a drug problem that he never had any issue with would be just weird and unfitting to the story and his character. People die unexpectedly and without warning its not always some drastic issue that caused their demise. That's the lesson they should focus with this story even with how hard a lesson it is to learn and grasp. I think it's respectful to not only Cory but Finn too.

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