UPDATE: Creator Ryan Murphy told Deadline on July 20 that Glee will do "an episode that will deal with the death of Finn’s character and follow that with a long hiatus.” #RIPFinnHudson
Although it’s only been a few days since Cory Monteith (Finn) passed away on July 13, Glee writers and producers are back at it already. When news broke of his drug overdose this weekend, Cory’s fans, friends, and co-stars were shocked and inconsolable, and we are still unable to fully process the news. Would Glee be canceled? Would Lea Michele (Rachel) even want to return to the place where she first met her on- and off-screen love?
While TMZ reports that Glee is safe from cancellation, we haven’t heard anything yet about Lea’s plans to return or leave the show. We honestly don’t know how the show will deal appropriately with this tragic loss. But one thing we do know is that Glee’s writers and producers are already working on a plan to address Cory and Finn’s sudden departure.
"The producers and writers are taking time to meet and figure out how to best address this situation in the context of Glee,” a source tells TMZ. “No decision has been reached about a script yet, as it’s still early."
Production on Season 5 of the Fox show was scheduled to begin within the next week, since the Season 5 premiere is scheduled for September 13. However, though writers had already started writing the first couple episodes, it is understandable that production may be delayed for months. This weighs largely in the fact that the script drafts for the first installments were said to be Finn-heavy.
Although many fans feel that Glee has not dealt well with tragedy in past episodes, those scenarios — attempted suicide, a car accident, a school shooting — were all hypotheticals, things that could happen in a high schooler’s life. And as any Glee and Cory fan will tell you, there is nothing realer than the feelings and situation happening right now.
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