It’s officially been announced that Glee‘s sixth season will be its last. Ryan Murphy has stated that it just doesn’t make sense to continue the show without one of its central characters, especially since the ending he had in mind originally revolved around Finn, played by the now deceased Cory Monteith.
Murphy already dealt with Monteith’s death on the show, but he’s now in the position of dealing with the aftermath – not just on the show, but in his cast and writer’s room. He explained at an FX Networks event, “The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around [Lea Michele’s character] Rachel and [Monteith’s character] Finn’s story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was, [Finn] 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, so we’re figuring it out.”
He adds that he ‘loves’ that the show will now be ending in Cory’s honor, and he already has a pretty clear idea of the ending he’ll end up going with.
It’s clearly been very difficult to deal with Cory’s death in the public eye, while also running several different shows. It’s unlikely Ryan’s really had time to deal with his grief, and returning to the Glee set for everyone involved must have been very emotional. It’s a testament to the power of the producers on this show that they’re willing to end such a lucrative deal, but with Ryan Murphy, it’s about creative control and the quality – and he knows that trying to push the show past its expiration date, especially with Cory’s death, would be distasteful.