Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently admitted he had the show's ending planned long before one of its biggest stars, Cory Monteith, tragically passed away.
And it included the way he wanted Rachel (Lea Michele) and Finn's (Cory) love story to end. Please grab Kleenex if you don't already have some handy.
“Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” he said. “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.
“Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club,” Ryan continued. “‘What are you doing here?’ he would ask. ‘I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The End.”Cory, 31, died in July from a lethal mixture of heroine and alcohol. He had just finished a second stint in rehab.
A tribute episode, titled “The Quarterback,” to the actor and his character aired in October. Shortly after that, Ryan confirmed the series would end after season six.
“The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story,” he said in Entertainment Weekly's Year-End Special according to TVLine.
“I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot 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.”
Lea, who was Finn's high school sweetheart and Cory's real-life girlfriend, spoke to Australian magazine TV Week about the memorial episode.
“I feel like, for me personally, I've lost to people: Cory and Finn.”
Earlier this month, the 27-year-old sat down with Ellen DeGeneres and went into detail about her life following her boyfriend's death. She explained that Ryan was so supportive and even asked her what she wanted to do in regards to the show.
“He said, ‘Whatever you want to do, we’ll do.’ I said, ‘We have to go back to work. They’re my family,’” she shared. “…for me, I’d rather be at work with the people I love who are going through the same thing…at the end of the day, I feel so safe there. They’re my family.”
After a year of ups and downs, the brunette beauty is spending the holidays at home before she gets ready for the release of her first studio album, Louder, in March.
After an amazing past few weeks it's time to put my feet up recharge, relax and breath in some fresh air:) pic.twitter.com/L4ouedoEes— Lea Michele (@msleamichele) December 22, 2013
After an amazing past few weeks it's time to put my feet up recharge, relax and breath in some fresh air:) pic.twitter.com/L4ouedoEes
Watch Lea sing Bob Dylan's “Make You Feel My Love” in “The Quarterback”:
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