For fans of the hit American musical-comedy drama, all good things must come to an end. The curtain will permanently close on Fox’s Glee during the season finale of its sixth season.
Earlier today, Glee creator Ryan Murphy confirmed something that has been on everyone’s minds ever since this summer’s death of Vancouverite Cory Monteith and the writing off of his main character, Finn, from the show.
According to what Murphy told TV Line:
The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was – he was in it. I knew what the last line was – she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.
I have a good idea… I’m going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love.
The show was renewed for two additional seasons prior to Monteith’s death. Currently at the start of its fifth season, six seasons is probably enough for a show that is starting to show its age and is falling in the ratings. The death of Monteith and his character Finn has also taken away from much of the show’s emotional core.
Glee‘s pilot episode kicked off with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” and lit the beginnings of the love story between Finn and Rachel (played by Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele). Like many other TV series, the show’s writers had hoped to return to its beginning for the series finale but this direction is no longer possible without the character Finn.
The series finale likely will air in May 2015 as the final episode of its sixth season. On October 10, Glee aired an 1-hour tribute episode for Monteith. He was 31 years old.
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