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

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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