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Original ‘Glee’ Series Ending Revealed, and It’s a Tearjerker

Lea Michele Cory Monteith
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Glee‘ creator Ryan Murphy envisioned the last scene of the show and the series finale long before star Cory Monteith unexpectedly passed away.

Monteith’s beloved Finn Hudson was in Murphy’s vision for the final scene, as was Lea Michele‘s Rachel Berry, since they were the show.

That’s a moot point, given Monteith’s death in July 2013 from a drug overdose. Murphy had to scramble and rewrite the series ending, since the program concludes next year with Season 6. But he has still revealed his original plans.

Yes, it’s a tearjerker.

“Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” Murphy said. “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.”

That’s the set up.

As for the final moment? Murphy’s idea was sweet and simple, and utterly tragic, given the real life circumstances.

“Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club,” he explained. “‘What are you doing here?’ he would ask. ‘I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The End.”

The new plan will honor Monteith, albeit in a different way. “I’m going to tell the studio and the network how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love,” Murphy said.

Murphy thought about ending the show prematurely after Monteith died, but he left that decision up to Michele, who was Monteith’s love interest on the show and in real life.

“If Lea had said to me, ‘I could never do this again and I don’t want to do this again,’ you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do? And I would’ve, out of respect to her as a person, said ‘OK,’ but that’s not how Lea operates; that’s not how she feels,” Murphy explained.

He continued, “She’s handled this with so much humanity and grace and she’s also handled this in a way where she’s trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed.”

All of this information serves to make Monteith’s death doubly painful.

Next: Cory Monteith's Five Best 'Glee' Moments

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