Ryan Murphy, co-creator of “Glee” has announced that the musical drama will not go beyond its sixth season, adding that former cast member Cory Monteith’s death has forced him to come up with a different ending for the show, according to reports.
"The whole [last] year of the show -- which will be next year -- was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story," Murphy said, according to Entertainment Weekly. "I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was -- he was in it. 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."
Murphy added that he thinks the new ending will satisfy “Glee” fans and that it will honor Monteith, who died on July 13 from a lethal mix of intravenous heroin and alcohol.
A tribute episode for Monteith titled “The Quarterback” aired on Oct. 10 where the cast, including returning stars, Mark Salling and Harry Shum Jr., sang Rent’s "Seasons of Love" on the McKinley High auditorium stage. Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance, Murphy told The Wrap and explained that the actors and crew members had a difficult time filming the episode.
Although Fox Network is yet to confirm the news of the show's ending, Kevin Reilly, Fox's chairman of entertainment, had hinted at the possibility back in August.
“I would not anticipate it goes on,” Reilly said, according to TV Guide. "Never say never, but there’s two very clear arcs to get to there and conclude. If we discover a new crop of kids and there’s some breakout, who knows. But right now, it’s being treated as [ending after] two seasons."
Keerthi Mohan is an IBTimes reporter covering entertainment and human interest stories.