Since Cory Monteith's tragic passing in July, we've all been speculating as to how the show will handle his death, and creator Ryan Murphy has just provided more solid details. Murphy had already addressed the actor's untimely death a week after his fatal drug overdose, but in a new interview with Deadline, he talked specifically about how Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, will be written off the show. We knew there would be a memorial episode, and the cast would shoot PSAs about drug addiction, but now it sounds like audiences might not find out how Finn dies.
- On the aftermath of Monteith's death: "There were a lot of things that we had to decide — how are we going to deal with his death? 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."
- On how Finn will die: "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."
- On how the cast is coping: "The cast and crew have had solace in being together. They’ve been holed up doing those Beatles numbers. There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming."
- On the memorial episode and the future: "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 20th Century Fox Television] 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. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. 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. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving."