Glee Reveals Plan For Cory Monteith's Character

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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."

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"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."

What do you think of Murphy's comments, and plans for the character? Comment below ...

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Moment of silence for Carole Hudson, she lost her first husband and almost lost her second husband twice, and now has to bury her son :'(


Idon't want it to be a drug related storyline. If they have Finn die from an overdose, that just wouldn't be cool. It would totally contradict the last scenes we saw Finn in where he had just discovered what he was meant to do with his life. Not to mention what this storyline would do to Finn's mother. First her husband dies from a drug overdoes and then her only child. So not cool. Let Finn die a hero, just like he wanted to be when he enlisted.


cory monteith was the best thimg that ever happened to glee. he was an amazing character and deserves recognition. lea michelle and the glee cast should give a tribute to cory himself so that even in heaven, cory monteith knows that he is loved


Gramcracker65 and Linda Feinberg are one of the same. 2nd post was a continuance of the first post.


I didn't realize that there was a limit on how much you can type, but continuing on my thoughts in reference to Leah. She seems to be a very strong woman and she has family and friends to lean upon. She'll rise above this and be stronger. Sorry if I misspelled any words, but it's hard to type when my eyes are full of tears. I'm a grandmother and it affected me to the extent that he was so young, he's the age, he could of been my grandson. I LOVE the show GLEE and all the characters in it. It's almost an extension of my family. There's a saying, I particularly don't like, but it's true, LIFE GOES ON, but Cory will never be forgotten. ONE MORE THING - DAMIAN the comment you made was not called for. Cory was a well known loved character in the show and nothing short of tribute would be embarrassing. Damian (sounds like an EVIL name which most probably suits you to a T) My Mother always said " IF YOU CAN'T SAY ANYTHING NICE, DON"T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL.


So sad about Cory. He will be sorely missed. He seemed like the perfect guy. My suggestion for paying tribute to Cory is to have everyone on the Glee Staff and behind the scene people as well who worked with him to remember him by scenes he was in with that person or one of their favorite scenes. I've seen it on other shows and I found it to be most warming of the character and to see how much Cory meant to each and every character on the show.
There should be a short story line about 1/2 hr. in the beginning of the show connecting to the last week episode, then tragedy happens (car accident or football accident or saving a childs life and losing his) and when it is announced at school in the autatorium, the students, teachers and staff start their tribute to CORY. This is where everybody would be all together and feel closer to Cory. I fully believe if everyone can express their thoughts and feelings out in the open, there would be CLOSURE for them.
As far as respect for Leah, I'm sure she would be touch if she heard powerful, honest, thoughts and love for Cory from friends. She's a strong powerful woman and she will rise above everything. There's a saying, LIFE GOES ON, and Cory knows we love him and he would have wanted that. Sorry if there is any misspelling. It's hard to type when your eyes are full of tears.


Thank you GG=life. A 2 hour special. 1 of it on Finn and the characters and how they react to his passing. The 2nd hour are behind the scenes on Glee and the special actions of Cory and all the things that made him Cory. His charities that were so special to him. Finn deserves a story that is positive and special like he was. If they do kill his character then make him be heroic. I won't accept a PSA on drugs, that was not Finn, beside, that is way too close to the real story for the cast and crew to deal with. Not only that, but the real life tragedy is enough of a PSA for anyone to get the message.


I agree with @drummerboi1981 he should die a hero and they should also have a 1 hour special on just Cory himself not just Finn. Like have outtakes and cast videos about the great moments with Cory. Make it a 2 hour special where the first half is about Cory and the second half (the actual episode) about Finn.


I think they should make him pass because of drugs. I want what's the best for the character but this issue needs to be raised. The actor was a great guy, he fought and lost this battle but I think it would be constructive to send a message that young people should never try this stuff.
And after that episode the show should end.


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