Note: On Halloween 2013 — Thursday, October 31 — Fox re-aired Glee's Cory Monteith tribute: "The Quarterback." As we re-watched the episode, which originally aired on Thursday, October 10, 2013, we couldn't help but think that this is not the way that Glee was supposed to end. Finn and Rachel were supposed to be together forever, right? That has to be the way it was all going to work out.
Now that Cory is no longer with us, there's no way that Finn and Rachel can have their happy ending. But would they have? We've pieced it together, based on various interviews from Glee creator Ryan Murphy. Here's what we found out.
UPDATE: At a Paley Center event on October 17, Ryan Murphy more or less confirmed our suspicions about Glee's original ending. "I always knew how it would end. I knew when the last show was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was — she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.”
It's not full confirmation that the "I'm home" scene was supposed to be Rachel's ending, but it certainly seems like that, or something very similar, was Ryan's original plan. What's more, Ryan has an idea for how he'd like Glee to end in light of Cory's death. “I have a good idea. I’m going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love.”
Original story: Glee creator Ryan Murphy has long said he knows exactly how Rachel Berry’s (Lea Michele) story will end. Rachel is, more than anyone else, the star of Glee. Her life, her struggles, her quest for fame — it’s the core of the show.
But sometimes life throws you a curveball. After Lea’s co-star and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith (Finn) passed away suddenly this July, we get the sinking feeling that Ryan’s plans for Rachel’s happily ever after came crashing down.
Ryan has never confirmed what Rachel’s final scene on Glee was supposed to be. But there’s one line from Rachel’s heartbreaking conversation with Will (Matthew Morrison) during the Cory tribute episode that we just can’t get out of our minds.
“I had it all planned out,” Rachel tells Will, fighting back tears. “I was going to make it big on Broadway. And maybe do a Woody Allen movie. And then when we were ready, I would just come back, and he [Finn] would be teaching here. And I’d walk through those doors, and I’d just say, ‘I’m home.’ And then we would live happily ever after.”
If you ask us, this sounds like it would have been a perfect way to end the series. Rachel Berry gets the fame she’s always craved, but ultimately realizes her life isn’t complete without Finn Hudson by her side. Meanwhile, Finn’s discovered his ultimate dream of teaching and helping young kids to discover a love of singing, just as Mr. Schue once did for him.
"I'm home." Happily ever after.
What do you think? Did Ryan Murphy use Rachel’s speech as a way to tell Glee fans how the show would have ended, or do you think he had another ending in mind? Head below and let us know your thoughts.