Ever since Glee star Cory Monteith’s (Finn) shocking death this summer from an accidental heroin and alcohol overdose, fans have been wondering just how Finn Hudson will be written out of the show. We know that the beloved will die in Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback,” but how exactly will it happen?
Initially, the assumption had been that Finn’s death would involve drugs, just as Cory’s did. Back in August, Fox president Kevin Reilly told the media that Finn’s death will “deal directly with drug abuse.” However, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has since clarified that “we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from [an accidental drug overdose].”
So how exactly will Finn’s death be explained? As of right now, it appears we won’t find out during “The Quarterback” how exactly it happened. “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died,” Ryan explains.
Still, the possibility clearly remains that we may someday learn what led to Finn’s demise. For now, it’s reasonable to assume that Ryan and the other producers would just rather focus on celebrating Finn’s life. They can wait and specify the cause of death later in the series.
As for our guess on how Finn’s death might be explained, it’s hard to say. We would be surprised if Glee recycled one of its previous plot points by having him die in, say, a car crash (as Quinn experienced) or by suicide, as Karofsky once attempted. Let’s be real. A suicide death would feel very unexpected for a character like Finn.
Regardless of how Finn’s death is explained, we trust Ryan and the show’s other writers to handle it in a respectful and somber manner, and in a way that acknowledges how beloved Finn and Cory were, and continue to be, to so many people.