UPDATE: Just in case you prefer to know things for certain, instead of reading between the lines, Ryan Murphy spelled it all out himself in a December 2013 piece for Entertainment Weekly. In the article, a heartfelt memorial to Cory, Ryan confirmed what he'd previously implied: that Rachel's returning to Ohio, the glee club, and to Finn, was always meant to be Glee's final scene.
“Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” he writes. “Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser.” Then comes that long-awaited ending. “Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. ‘What are you doing here?’ he would ask. ‘I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The End.”
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.
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