How Glee will handle Cory Monteith’s death on the show

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

Monteith Glee set
Cory Monteith on the set of Glee.

As the month of September comes closer, kids are starting to worry about going to school, and when the newest episode of Glee will air. After Cory Monteith’s fatal overdose, Glee’s head writer, Ryan Murphy, confirmed that they would be omitting Finn from the show. So, not only are the fans freaking out about the release date, but they’re also wondering how Glee is going to portray the death of Monteith’s character Finn Hudson.

Murphy told Deadline that the writers considered going the route of drug overdose, but decided against it. Instead, the writing team has chosen to leave the death ambiguous and unexplained. That way, the viewers and cast can celebrate Finn Hudson as opposed to mourning him. Murphy also stated that while the death of a character can be interesting, it would feel exploitative to Cory and friends to focus the episode on his death and fatal mistakes.

The episode begins shooting this week, and Murphy has vocalized how difficult of a process it has been. “It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming,” he said. “We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We’re just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we’ll send it to [the studio] to get their approvals. But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve.”

Once the episode is done shooting, the cast and crew will take a break to recollect. He finished the interview by explaining the loss of Monteith and how it affected the ambience around set. “We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around,” Murphy stated. “We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

After the mess that was season 4 of Glee, I haven’t flipped to Fox network on a Thursday in a long time. Now, I’m not saying Glee is going to handle this poorly, but it’s difficult to trust the same show that thought a school shooting would boost ratings. For the sake of the cast remembering their friend, I hope it’s amazing and done with respect. If you’d like to watch the episode, the Monteith tribute will air October 10 and be the third episode in the 5th season of Glee.

Images courtesy of FOX.