“Glee” fans were shook to the core when star Cory Monteith passed away in mid-July. Not only had they lost the 31-year-old actor, but they were also mourning the loss of his beloved character, Finn Hudson.
Forced to write the main character out of the series, creator Ryan Murphy has been very vocal about how the final season of the show was supposed to be about Finn and Rachel (Monteith’s on-and-off screen love Lea Michele).
“I knew what the last shot was, he was in it,” Murphy said shortly after Monteith’s death. “I knew what the last line was, she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.”
Fans of “Glee” wondered what the possible Finn/Rachel ending could be, and Murphy recently revealed how he originally planned for Finchel’s journey throughout “Glee” to conclude.
“Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” Murphy explained to Entertainment Weekly. “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 final moments of the “Glee” series finale would have shown Rachel returning to Ohio, “fulfilled and yet not.” Murphy revealed that Rachel would walk into Finn’s glee club, with Finn asking, “What are you doing here?”
“I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The End,” Murphy concluded.
“Glee” viewers will remember that Monteith passed away right before filming for season 5 began. While Murphy initially considered ending the show for good, the series chose to move forward. Season 5 kicked off with a Beatles tribute in the first two episodes, and addressed Monteith’s death in episode 3 with “The Quarterback.” The episode picked up three weeks after Finn’s funeral, but instead of detailing a cause of death for the character, “The Quarterback” chose to focus on how each character was dealing with his untimely death.
Lea Michele’s Rachel turned up at the end of the episode, returning to McKinley High to sing “Make You Feel My Love” as a farewell to Finn. “This was the first song that I sang with him when we would drive around together,” she explained to her fellow gleeks in the episode. “So this is for him.”
Season 6 of Glee is set to be its last. Murphy hasn’t revealed his reworked ending, but promised that it would be “very satisfactory” and “kind of in his honor.”