Ryan Murphy Talks Cory Monteith, Plans "Celebration" of Finn's Life

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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."

Cory Monteith Close Up

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.”

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Damian they are donating all the money they make off of song sales for the third episode so no they aren't using Cory Monteith's life to make a profit *smh*


¿Celebrating life is the way they call to take advantage from a tragedy to make some profit and better numbers for the a dying show?.


I know there were a lot of people saying that the show should be responsible to it's young audience and say that Finn died from drug use. The problems with that are (1) The character wasn't a drug user so it wouldn't make sense for that to be the cause of his death. (2) Making the cast and crew who worked with him for several years to relive the way he died would have been cruel. I think they are doing the right thing by celebrating the way he lived, not the way he died.


I am so thankful that Glee will celebrate Finn's life. It will be the hardest thing for the writers, the cast and crew and us fans to produce and watch.

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[to Finn] You know, I don't really know what's going to happen between us, but I know that you used to be the guy that would make me feel like the most special girl in the whole world, and it doesn't feel that way anymore. Now it just feels sad and confusing. And the worst part is that it doesn't even feel that bad anymore.


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