"Glee" co-creator Ryan Murphy says his original plan for the ending of his high-school musical series involved its late star Cory Monteith, who died of a drug overdose this year at age 31.
"The ending of 'Glee' is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it," Murphy said in a eulogy at a private memorial in July, excerpted for the first time in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. "I've always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star" to map the direction of the series, set at a high school in Lima, Ohio.
Murphy said Lea Michele's character, Rachel Berry, "was going to have become a big Broadway star," while Monteith's character, quarterback and glee club member Finn Hudson, "was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio." Murphy added: "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."
Monteith, he said, was "the beginning and the ending of 'Glee' . . . The first scene of the pilot was Cory's Finn and Matt [Morrison]'s Mr. Schu . . . 'Glee' was a musical, musicals had never worked on television, and we were figuring it out as we went along. At the end of his first take, Cory could see I, his director, was a little unsure. He came up to me with a big grin and said, 'This is going to be fun.' He was terribly right, and terribly wrong."