Season 5 of Glee has been on for three weeks now, and though we were looking forward to another round of excellent covers, high school happiness, and the drama of relationships old and new, it's with a heavy heart that we tune in. Since Cory Monteith’s (Finn) tragic death on July 13, 2013, we’ve been considering the effects it will have on Glee. Watching the Cory Monteith Tribute was like one long bawling session. We're telling the truth when we say it was one of the harder things we've ever done in our lives. We can't even imagine what the cast felt while making or watching the episode. Will the show we’ve grown to love ever be able to thrill us the same way? And will you tune in now that the biggest episode of the show is over?
It’s a valid question to consider: Will Glee be able to approximate its wide-eyed innocence, its open-hearted approach to TV interpretations of real-life scenarios? Every imagined panicky scenario they can ever throw at us, the ones that kept us on the edge of our seats in the past, sending worried texts to friends as we watched, well... Who cares?
School shooting? Cancer? A break up? Those things have all been hard to watch, and we’ve certainly empathized with the characters as they’ve undergone their on-screen worst nightmares, but what are they really in comparison to what has happened?
Cory Monteith died and, since we found out, we’ve had at least one moment everyday when that truth has come back full force and we’ve felt like we couldn’t breathe. We’ve cried tears at intersections, felt suddenly unable to write about a minor detail emerging, and have constant dreams of varying natures about the fallen star.
Glee returned for Season 5 on September 26, and we watching the show, knowing someone so important is missing, has amplified these feelings beyond what we ever imagined. Lines Finn should have said, songs he would’ve sung better, futures that would’ve been different because Finn Hudson would have been in them... They’re all front and center in our minds, and we know we’re not alone in that thinking.
At the same time, if the cast can get back to work and make the show we love so much, how can we not watch it? If there’s one thing we’ve learned as Glee fans, it’s that we’re all in this together — cast, crew, fans... All of us. Finn wasn’t the only character we loved, and Cory isn’t the only actor we’ve come to care about over the years. We love Glee. We always have.
So, we have a serious question: with the Cory Monteith Tribute now in the books, will you continue to watch the show? — Why or why not? Weigh in below with your reasons.