There has been no mention of romance for Glee’s Rachel (Lea Michele) since Finn (Cory Monteith) passed away at the beginning of Season 5, and given the unfortunate circumstances, it’s completely understandable. Finn’s death was preceded by Cory’s sudden passing in July 2013, and at the time of his death he was in a serious relationship with Lea. Rachel’s heartbreak definitely mirrored Lea’s.

But now that we’re months removed from Cory/Finn’s passing and heading into the final episodes of Season 5 — which will then set the stage for Glee’s last year, Season 6 — some fans have begun to wonder if Rachel will find love again before the series wraps up next spring. Glee creator Ryan Murphy chatted with TVLine and a handful of other outlets about what the future holds for the FOX dramedy, and he was asked specifically about if and when Rachel will start dating again.

“We talk about this in the writers’ room all the time. That’s a really hard, very painful, very difficult thing for the show. I’ve said it before, and it was even in Cory’s eulogy, but that was the ending of the show for me, these two star-crossed lovers having a happy ending and both getting their dreams. So the fact that that can’t be is a big pain in all of our hearts,”Ryan began, recalling how he initially envisioned the series to end.

In a scene from tonight’s episode, “Tested,” Rachel has a heartwarming scene with Mercedes (Amber Riley) during which she tells her that she isn’t ready to date yet. Instead of romance, Rachel has been focusing on her upcoming Funny Girl debut, a decision Ryan explains was a conscious effort to allow both Rachel, and even Lea, to heal. “This year what we decided to do was to remove the equation of anybody coming in and taking Finn’s place, because I don’t really think that’s possible. And I think that worked out quite well. I really liked dwelling on Rachel’s career again. She’s going to be a star,” he said. “But as for the future, it’s a lot of discussion, and it’s something that we’ll consult with Lea about.”

Ryan also noted that the writers are taking fans feelings into account as well. Glee still has a large, young fanbase, so rushing Rachel into a new relationship could be difficult for them to watch, but so to could never seeing her experience love again. “To be quite honest, we just haven’t been able to crack it, because I feel like it’s such a sensitive topic and the fans have such an idea about it. I think half of them feel like, yes, Rachel should go on, and I think half of them probably feel like no, she shouldn’t.” Much like the writers and producers did in the weeks and months immediately following Cory’s death, Ryan says they will look to Lea for guidance. “We’ll follow Lea’s lead, as we have so many times this year. She’s always been so great and so sensitive and been so wise about how to handle that stuff. So we have to make that decision in the next couple of weeks or months: Is Rachel going to have another romance or does the second half [of Rachel's life], romantically, happen when Glee is over? That’s something we’re debating. It’s hard.”

We can’t imagine the struggle Ryan and the rest of the creative team are faced with going into Glee’s final season, but we have faith that they will do what’s right for Lea and her character.

Would you like to see Rachel find love again befor Glee ends? Tell us where you stand on this issue in the comments below!

Glee Season 5 airs Tuesday nights on FOX at 8 p.m. ET.

Source: TVLine