Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute: Should the Writers Have Revealed How Finn Died?
The GleeCory Monteithtribute episode has come and gone and although we’re still wiping our tears away, we’re also thinking about what the tribute got right and what could have made it better.
One of the biggest questions on our minds: should the show’s writers have explained how Cory’s character, Finn Hudson, died?
While we know Cory tragically died of an accidental overdose, Finn’s cause of death was never mentioned during the tribute episode. Instead, the cast and crew decided to focus on Finn’s life, with step-brother Kurt Hummel (Chris Colfer) explaining in the opening scene, “Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares? It’s one moment in his whole life.”
As show creator Ryan Murphy explained over the summer, "At one point, we were going to have his character die [of] an accidental drug overdose, but we decided [against that]. How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, 'This 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."
We couldn’t agree more that the episode should have been a celebration of Finn’s life, but we also wonder if the lack of explanation regarding the character’s death was too distracting, leaving us speculating about possible causes throughout the episode.