GLEE Creator Ryan Murphy Reveals Original Series Finale Idea Involving Cory Monteith

     December 23, 2013


The passing of actor Cory Monteith earlier this year was incredibly sad.  The 31-year-old Glee actor was gone way too soon, and as the heart of the Fox drama/comedy series, a hole was left in the show.  In the latest issue of EW, Glee creator Ryan Murphy penned an essay remembering Monteith.  In the text of the essay, Murphy reveals the idea he had always envisioned as the final moment of the series, which involved Monteith and his co-star Lea Michele.  It would have been a fitting end to the quirky series, but it sadly will not come to pass.  Read on after the jump.

In Murphy’s essay about Monteith in EW, he discussed the moment that was planned as the Glee series finale:

The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I’ve always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star. At the end of season 6, Lea [Michele]‘s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. “What are you doing here?” he would ask. “I’m home,” she would reply. Fade out. The end.

Glee is currently in the middle of its fifth season and has already been renewed for a sixth and final season, slated to begin next fall.


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  • paul

    And I thought it would involve heroin and a Canadian hotel room.

    • Jamesy

      Harharhar, hilarious. In bad taste don’t you think?

    • Jan

      Too soon?

    • Daniel Ronczkowski

      I love it!

    • Kyle Chandler

      Probably not quite as tasteless as this (NSF lovers of charlie brown):

  • Leo Spaceman

    My F**ks given towards the show are non existent but after reading that and knowing virtually nothing about the show, I will say that I bet that the show will end with that girl still going on to be a big star on Broadway and then coming back and walking into the Glee club and thinking about bittersweet love of someone she lost.

  • Greyson

    Regardless, his time on the show ended with the heroine of the story.

  • E

    How sweet! It kind of brings around this idea that one teacher can have such a huge effect on so many lives. Finn never thought he could be anything else until Mr. Schu helped him realize his potential, and if Finn became a teacher, he would be able to do the same for hundreds of other kids.