Showrunner Ryan Murphy and the Glee writers have been hard at work crafting a tribute episode for actor Cory Monteith and his character Finn Hudson. It's an unenviable task — they have to find a way to resolve Finn's story while also paying their respects to a beloved actor who was lost too soon. Ryan recently disclosed some details about the episode, and now we're wondering how you, the fans, feel about the direction this episode is taking.
While Ryan didn't delve too deeply into the episode, he did reveal some specifics. The writers initially considered having Finn die of an accidental drug overdose, which is what claimed Cory's life, but they've apparently decided against that, presumably because they realized that it doesn't really fit with Finn's character and could come off as cheap and disrespectful. In fact, it sounds like drug use might not play a part in the episode at all.
According to Ryan "we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died," so that instead of focusing on the morbid and sad, the episode can be about a "celebration" of Finn's life. Ryan emphasized that he thinks the episode is shaping up to be "a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve."
Personally, we're glad that they aren't having Finn die of a drug overdose, though we're hoping the show will find some way to address the issue (perhaps just a PSA at the end, in honor of Cory). We're less sure how we feel about the idea that we'll be given no details about Finn's death. We understand the thought behind it, but we feel like it could end up being distracting.
In the end, we just hope the episode does Cory and the character he brought to life the justice he deserves.
What do you think of this latest news? Are you glad Finn won't die of an overdose? Would you prefer to be given a concrete answer or not? Sound off in the comments below.