In a touching remembrance for Entertainment Weekly, Glee co-creator, Ryan Murphy, revealed how he intended to end Glee before the star died from a drug overdose earlier this year:
The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I’ve always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star. At the end of season 6, Lea [Michele]‘s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play. 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 very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. “What are you doing here?” he would ask. “I’m home,” she would reply. Fade out. The end.
Actually he Ryan share the ending of Glee. In the Cory Monteith tribute episode, “The Quarterback,” a grief stricken Rachel Berry reveals to Mr. Shue that she imagined, after becoming a big Broadway star, heading back to Lima, walking through the door and announcing “I’m home.”
The entire tribute is very moving, and worth the read. Ryan had a father/son relationship with Cory, and still misses him very much. Here, he talks about the lost potential in the wake of Cory’s death:
One of the most difficult things about the death of a young person is the loss of potential. Of what could be. Cory had a lot of unfulfilled dreams. He longed for more adult material, to prove himself as an actor. And he wanted to direct. He wanted to get better, he wanted to evolve.
And so he is frozen in a moment. For generations of children, future impressionable young people who will watch his indelible character of Finn Hudson, he will always be that quarterback—a person who champions the underdog, fights the bullies, loves for the exact right reasons. Cory will continue to change lives for the better. It is a rare gift to touch the lives of one person, let alone millions.
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