Ryan Murphy has offered up new details on how Glee will deal with the death of Cory Monteith.
As previously revealed, the show will also kill off the character of Finn, but the creator now says it will NOT be the result of a drug overdose.
“There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death?” Murphy told Deadline today, adding:
"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 memorial for Finn (and, by extension, Monteith) will take place on Episode 3 of Glee Season 5, which premieres on September 26.
As for how everyone involved in the series is dealing with this tragedy?
“The cast and crew have had solace in being together,” Murphy said. “There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming...
"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.”