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Ryan Murphy talks dealing with Finn on ‘Glee’

Ryan Murphy talks dealing with Finn on ‘Glee’

Cory Monteith

It’s been almost a month since Cory Monteith unexpectedly passed away from an overdose, and with the new season of Glee quickly approaching (premiering on September 26th), one of the big questions has been what exactly they’re going to do with his character, Finn Hudson. As it turns out, Ryan Murphy decided that they’re going to quietly write him out of the script possibly without even saying specifically how he died. Which might really be for the best. Entertainment Weekly reports …

The third episode of the season will be the memorial episode for Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson. “There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death?” Murphy said. “At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that. 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.”

You know what? I can get behind this. From a purely narrative perspective, there’s no good way to make Finn’s death make sense: He had no real demons, no issues and he was never in any dangerous scenarios. In that regard, it’s best to take the focus off how he died and put it on how he lived.

JEREMY FEIST
Jeremy Feist is an (ahem) entertainer from Toronto, Canada. He writes, acts, and performs on stage, and has been a writer for Popbytes for almost three years now. He lives in Toronto with his boyfriend, his incredibly dumb but cute puppy, and his immortal cat.