Glee creator Ryan Murphy has revealed his plans for Cory Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, in the wake of the actor's untimely death one week ago: Finn will pass away tragically as well.
A tribute episode will take place in the third installment of Glee Season 5, the premiere of which was just pushed back by one week due to the tragedy that has rocked the Fox show's cast.
The creator also said he gave Lea Michele, Monteith's co-star and real-life girlfriend, the option of not returning to the show after his death; Michele did not consider this and will be back.
Murphy told THR today: "It's always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies."
"One of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better."
"When you're faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do?"
"The right thing to do for the show, at this point, is to have that character pass," Murphy says of his plans for the coming season, which debuts September 26.
"Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together."
"When we do a tribute episode to [his] character, we'll do it in a way where the cast members will not have to re-create feelings of grief they’ve had this week, but do it in an upbeat way."
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