Cory Monteith passed away from a drug overdose in July, and his girlfriend Lea Monteith wanted FOX’s “Glee” to portray his character Finn’s death on the show in a truthful manner. However, it sounds like the show decided to go in a different direction.
According to Ryan Murphy the show will instead celebrate Finn’s life rather than concentrate on how he passed away – something Ryan knows fans might not like.
The hard part for all of us is that the past week we’ve been holed up writing the memorial 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. It’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve. 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.
Looks like we’ll have to tune in when the episode airs to see how the writers and cast handle the passing of Cory and Finn. Our thoughts are with the “Glee” cast and crew as the work on this difficult episode.