Glee Boss Ryan Murphy Shares First Details of Finn Tribute Episode, Reveals How He Won't Die

glee finn tribute episode season 5Art may be imitating life on Glee — with the passing of protagonist Finn Hudson in the wake of leading man Cory Monteith‘s death last month — but executive producer Ryan Murphy says it won’t be an exact replica.

“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered,” Murphy revealed in an interview with Deadline. “But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.”

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In fact, viewers may never learn the exact circumstances of Finn’s death, the showrunner added. “How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid,” Murphy continued, “but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”

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Murphy added that Glee‘s “cast and crew have had solace in being together” shooting Season 5’s pair of Beatles-themed installments, but “the really difficult thing” — filming the Finn tribute — will begin this week. “I think [the script] turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how some people grieve,” he added. “We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”

What do you think of Murphy’s revelations about the Finn tribute? Are you relieved the character won’t die from a drug overdose, or do you think that option could have provided a teachable moment for viewers? Sound off below.

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101 Comments
  1. Yasin says:

    They’re going to kill him by like sacrificing himself.

  2. Taylor says:

    Interesting, especially since I recall Lea saying she wanted his death on the show to be a PSA to impressionable viewers to alert them of the very clear danger they’re facing with drugs.

    • Angel says:

      Lea never said that. Ryan said that and spoke for her. Lea hasn’t said a damn thing about glee and the tribute. She hasn’t released any comments but her tweets and speech

    • DH says:

      Personally, I think it would be better to have actual anti-drug PSAs done by the Glee actors and aired during the commercial breaks than to make an entire episode into a PSA.

      • Completely agree with this. Making the entire episode a PSA, could cause it to stray from being a tribute to the life of a talented young man into being a trite after-school special type of episode.

        • Rowan77 says:

          I dont think it will make it trite, but I so think it will come off as heavy-handed, with wouldn’t honor Corey’s memory at all. Suddenly Susan did their tribute episode for Dave Strickland VERY well with them all wondering where his character Todd was and remembering funny moments with him until at the end of the episode he find out Todd was killed in an auto accident that morning. It was a touching, funny and heartfelt tribute to their friend.

        • Rowan77 says:

          I dont think it will make it trite, but I so think it will come off as heavy-handed, with wouldn’t honor Corey’s memory at all. Suddenly Susan did their tribute episode for Dave Strickland VERY well with them all wondering where his character Todd was and remembering funny moments with him until at the end of the episode he find out Todd was killed in an auto accident that morning. It was a touching, funny and heartfelt tribute to their friend.

      • Cheri says:

        YES This.

      • DL says:

        Pretty sure Murphy already confirmed that’s indeed happening, exactly as you’re suggesting. It was in a previous TVLine article.

      • A says:

        Yes, this is the best thing to do. Glee doesn’t really tackle PSAs well, so any attempts at sending out anti-drug PSAs should definitely be done outside of the context of the show (i.e. during commercials, disclaimers at the beginning or end of the tribute episode, Youtube campaign videos, or any other avenue other than the actual show).

      • RebeccaW says:

        Really really like this idea!!! Having it as the whole episode would be a little to much… but if the cast would be willing to show their true emotions, the pain of loss… that may actually do something for Someone out there. even just 1 person saved.

    • Jamie says:

      Lea hasn’t said anything and Ryan never said Lea wanted him to die that way. An anonymous source told US Weekly that Lea was helping to write the episode and wanted it tobe educational and “reflect the truth.” That story was then picked up by Perez and other gossip sites. Considering the source I doubt there is any truth to it at all.

    • Brigitte says:

      I think that if his real life shock and tragedy didn’t have enough impact that is truly sad.

  3. Anna says:

    I think not revealing how Finn died might be the best course. They would lose no matter what they revealed the cause of death to be. He died of a drug overdose/toxicity? Way to exploit the cause of Cory’s death for ratings. He died in any other way? Way to gloss over the details of Cory’s death.

    • Jenny says:

      Agree. It seems like there are lots of opinions about how the character should died that if they pick one it will cause debates. Think it will be just easier to say he died and the focus can be in remembering instead of discussion of what happened. Save PSA aspect for in between during commercials.

    • Michael says:

      I don’t know if I entirely agree with that, the part about it glossing over Cory Monteith’s death. People know the reason the actor died, and anyone old enough to really want to know about it can look into it themselves. The character’s obligation is not to the actor. The character’s obligation is to the story.

      I think the way in which the character of Finn dies shouldn’t have anything to do with the death of Cory Monteith, because Finn never had any drug issues. The best thing that they could do would be to choose a specific cause of death that would make sense with the character. No gory details or anything, but a basic “Yeah, this is what happened” would go a long way. Maybe he was in a car accident. Maybe he goes down Stand By Me style by getting wounded coming to someone’s defense. Maybe he had some kind of spontaneous health issue that no one could have foreseen like an aneurysm. That happens every day to people of all ages.

      What I think is most important is keeping it as true to the character as possible. Having Finn die from a drug overdose would have been a horrible, transparent, self-indulgent, and exploitative decision. To not mention it at all would feel incomplete. There are several things they could do that would satisfy the audience while protecting the integrity of the character.

      • Sarah k says:

        I agree with you in some sense but those who watch the show know that Ryan Murphy writes their characters off of their personality. So I wasn’t surprised when they said they would do drugs. However now I’m not exactly sure what they are doing. I think the tribute episode is a way the cast and crew can grieve and heal from Cory’s unexpected passing; and I think they are hoping to help the fans heal as well. So maybe the tribute episode is a good idea.

      • Tess says:

        I had a cousin who never had any known drug issues who died in college after attending a party and the cause of death was drug related. It doesn’t take a history of drug abuse to kill someone. Good kids try things in new environments all the time – and last we saw Finn, he was living it up at college so it is not out of the realm of possibility that he might’ve dabbled in something he shouldn’t have. I don’t see how it helps the story or the character to not give context as to how he died, and not giving any cause of death feels like a bigger cop out than having Finn die from an accidental drug od or anything else.

      • Ellie says:

        Think that Finn was too wholesome to die of an overdose but he could be killed in a car accident caused by a drug abusing driver. Stays true to the character but also tackles the anti drug use theme – drugs kill good people.

    • Not necessarily – between s4 and s5 of Newsradio, Phil Hartman was murdered and they said that his character died of a sudden heart attack off-screen…his death didn’t feel glossed over or exploited for ratings by choosing that route…similarly, when John Ritter died suddenly during filming of 8 Simple Rules and the character of Paul was killed off as well, they didn’t name the cause, just that Paul had ‘collapsed’ at the grocery store…what both shows did phenomenally well was choosing to focus on the character/actor’s life and showing the reaction of people trying to deal with their grief of such a sudden tragedy, and if Glee can truly focus on that, they will do Cory/Finn’s memory justice…

      Side note – can anyone else see Mister Shue and Company naming some kind of Glee-club award after Finn as a way to honour his memory? Maybe Beiste retiring his number or something?

      • English says:

        Totally agree on the Phil Hartman and John Ritter examples. They were both heart wrenching to watch and were satifsying at the same time. If they can write out a character when an actor was actually murdered without it feeling fake and “glossed over” then writing out Finn will be done correctly. I have faith that Ryan Murphy will make it beautiful. His writing is amazing and he isn’t afraid to approach a subject head on.

    • O'Brien says:

      I agree with this sentiment. The episode is going to be a celebration of the character, it sounds like, and through that, also Cory’s impact on the show. I think the only way the show can move on is to treat things this way, rather than becoming entrenched with how Finn (and in a way, how Cory) passed away. The word is that they will have PSAs that air during the show, which I think is a great thing, though I can’t imagine how hard those will be to film.

  4. I think not doing the drug storyline is a missed opportunity. This could have been a way to reach the audience with this topic. Celebrating his life is nice but accentuating his death at the same time could have been another way to allow Glee’s reach to have a positive impact.

    • Anna says:

      I think the fact that Finn has to die at all is enough. It’s not like there’s anyone out there who watches the show who is confused about how he died.

    • the notion that the character would do something as stupid as try drugs would really not fit the character, even if he was an idiot from time to time. what would be the idea? he does drugs and the first time out he dies? it would be dumb, really, and teach nothing. it would be preachy, but not insightful.

      • Liza180 says:

        I agree with you on this one. Finn never did drugs and to start him on them and kill him off so quickly would be a detriment to what drug abuse really looks like.

        • O'Brien says:

          I especially think it would hard with the character, considering Finn’s dad passed away because of a drug overdose. Not to go far into the world of imagination, here, but I don’t think it works with who Finn is/was, and it was be really awful for Carole Hudson, too, who raised her son with the knowledge of her husband’s death hanging over her.

    • Nat says:

      I think it’s better if they explore a drug storyline in the future, where they can look at in more depth than just “drugs can kill”, which is all they would effectively be saying if it was Finn’s cause of death. Cory’s death reminded everyone that one overdose can kill you. I think trying to show why young people turn to drugs, how addiction works and the long-term damage it can cause which isn’t just sudden death would be a better way to put across that message.

      • A says:

        I personally think that it is best for them not to have him die from an overdose and to avoid tackling the drugs issue entirely, now and maybe for the future too. The tribute should be about the character and not a PSA episode about the dangers of drugs, IMO. We all know what happened to Cory and his death is a message in and of itself of the dangers of drugs and addiction. However, in terms of the show, its better for them to show Finn’s impact on the rest of the characters and have the story line move in the direction of observing the grief of the other characters and how they cope with the loss and attempt to move on. I think its better for them to portray the losses that young people often go through nowadays with the losses of their friends due to murder, violence, bullying, illness or other various reasons and the impact of losing a significant person in their lives rather than have a PSA episode about the dangers of drugs. His death, while unfortunate, should be used as a stepping stone to return the show’s focus to actual storylines and character development. From what we’ve seen from Glee so far, the show doesn’t effectively and sensitively tackle these important larger issues as evidenced by the episodes about school shootings, domestic violence, etc. Having them focus on the grieving process and actual characters seems like a more effective way of dealing with Cory’s death and his absence from the show.

    • Abbie says:

      But they will be reaching the audience. The cast will be filming and showing PSAs during the show. Everyone watching the show will know how Cory died. This way they can use the PSAs to teach and use the show to celebrate Cory/Finn’s life.

    • Lydia says:

      As a 17 year old viewer of Glee I really don’t need the show preaching at me like I’m nine. I know that drugs are bad ok? Now why don’t you tell me a story about the characters.

      • O-Town says:

        Your attitude is exactly why they should tell the story about the dangers of drugs. The age range of the people who watch GLEE know that drugs are bad. Just like I know okra and bitter melon are awful tasting vegetables. You spouting off a demand seems a little inconsiderate about what the show and its cast and crew are trying to accomplish. You’ll forgive them if your crass attitude isn’t on their list of things they care about right now.

    • Jillian says:

      Considering that Lea has been supposedly leading the creative direction of the tribute episode, I can’t see her wanting to point out that he died of an overdose. According to many reports, she was the main force that pushed him to rehab in the first place and she put a lot of time into helping him recover so to blatantly point out that he did die of what she was helping him fight for so long would probably open up new wounds. Plus, Finn never had any issues with drugs/alcohol throughout the series at all. During the “Blame It On the Alcohol” episode, Finn and Kurt were the only characters that didn’t drink and Finn directly said he doesn’t drink. It would be a major continuity issue if he were to just suddenly die of a drug overdose without any history of abuse throughout the show.

  5. I always thought that the best decision would be to make the cause vague. I like the idea of an episode that explores a day in the life of all the characters, leading up to the moment when they find out he’s gone. No need to explain any further.

  6. Marco says:

    This is very good. It’s important that they celebrate the LIFE and not the DEATH.

  7. Davey says:

    Finn the character was not a druggie so it makes no sense to have him die due to drugs.

    • Polly says:

      I believe Finn dying from suicide would show the complexity of feelings as well as how the act itself affects others

      • Bets says:

        Finn already stated that there is nothing that could be done to him to make him committ suicide in a episode during the Karofsky suicide attempt. That would be as preposterous as Finn doing drugs…completely OCC.

  8. ali says:

    i think we should get a reason because of closure…but i never thought the reason should be drug overdose…corey monteith died that way and it’s sad and horrible, but finn hudson was not the same person…he was a character that in his last episodes had left to become a teacher and get his life together…having him die of a drug overdose would be so out of character and wrong…he’s a self sacrificing character, pushing a kid out of the way of a vehicle, jumping in front of a bullet for someone he loves, the list goes on…those would be believable…but if you try to tell me finn died from a drug overdose i don’t see anyone being happy with that…well maybe not anyone, but the majority i don’t think would be happy with it…

    • ” pushing a kid out of the way of a vehicle” that’s the first thing that came to mind. another, which might make some sense, is that he might be run over by a guy who was on drugs. he could be on his way to NY and as he’s crossing the street, blam.

    • Merissa says:

      Yeah I agree. There was no previous mention of the character of Finn having a drug problem so it would not go with the story line. His death would make much more sense if it were an accident or a self-sacrificing act.

  9. Missy Kelly says:

    Cory Montieth died of a drug overdose. Finn Hudson would not have. Finn’s death would be more believable being hit by a drunk driver, a undetected heart problem while trying out for college football team something along those lines. At least if they’re not going to say, I’m going to run with that.

    • Ellie says:

      I agree! I actually had a friend who died at 28 because of an undetected heart problem and it shocked the hell out of all of us; specifically his 21 year old brother who was the one to go wake him up when he was staying with his parents, and instead found him gone. He was an outdoorsman, an athlete and artist and a great guy who was 6ft 9 and apparently had some kind of heart issue that can be caused from being so tall.
      So since the character Finn seemed to be similar to what I described above, I feel as if it would be out of the blue if they killed Finn off by bringing in a drug overdose. Some other reason, just as devastating will do, and then do the PSA’s during the episode to touch on drug use. People think they are invincible and unfortunately, its just not true.

  10. carol says:

    I thought it would be good if finn died because of someone else’s drug use. have him get hit by a car driven by someone strung out on heroin. that way you get the antidrug message out yet don’t taint finn’s memory.

  11. MB says:

    I think they should show Finn dying from an over dose. Cory was a nice guy, Finn was a nice guy. I think it would be good a good message to show that drugs can not only kill what we perceive a drug adult to be but it can also kill the person who has always been the nice guy who we would never expect having an issue with drugs.I truly think Cory would want his death to be a warning to those out there who are struggling with life that drugs are not the answer and that they are addictive and could kill even when everyone thinks you are on the top of the world and have everything to live for. He would have wanted his death to send a message and Glee has the opportunity to do this. Yes some people will be outraged but the truth is it happened to Cory and it could happen to Finn.

    • MLO says:

      On the one hand I agree. It’s plausible – Finn’s in college, a lot of work/peer pressure + inexperience = accidental overdose. On the other hand, no matter how they do it it’s going to be horrible for Lea to portray – and that just might hit too close to home for her. I disagree with the whole ‘hero’ plotline though – just let him go somehow by natural causes. I think someone mentioned an undetected heart defect – maybe as a result of an old football injury. Or even a car accident.

    • Rob says:

      The difference is, though, that Cory was a drug addict who had struggled with it for years and finally succumbed. For Finn, they would either have to retcon that he was secretly on drugs for a long time, which doesn’t fit what we know of the character, or have him die the first time he tries it, which is quite rare and would come off as extremely preachy/reactionary because of it.

  12. Jonny says:

    I still don’t understand why they don’t just go with the more viable option. Although he was faulted, many people considered Cory and in essence, Finn, a hero of sorts.

    Have his character decide that he needs to go back into the military and have him be killed in action. Finn dies a hero, who in truth through his character’s course, was faulted, but was still someone to be remembered.

    Simple as, really.

  13. Gina says:

    I don’t know why, but I have this vision of the episode opening quietly, leading to the empty choir room. Then going to the auditorium where everybody is celebrating Finn. I can see them going on without saying HOW it happened, but the audience will just know that Finn is gone.

    But no matter how its done, I can’t imagine that I won’t be a blubbering mess.

  14. Drew says:

    I think it’s funny that a show that has always been preachy about everything under the sun suddenly thinks it is exploitative to have Finn die of an overdose. But having a girl get into an accident while texting and then magically going back to normal life with zero rehab wasn’t exploiting something that happens to real people?

    He should die the way Cory died and it shouldn’t make sense and it shouldn’t be heroic. His death should be ugly and painful for everyone around him because that is the lesson that should be pushed in this episode.

    You can say that Finn would never… but this is Glee. A lot of people who would never do things do them anyway. Character means nothing on the show. Why pretend it does now?

    • Gina says:

      I think it would be really difficult for fans to buy than Finn died of an overdose when drugs were never a part of his character. If they wanted to go this way, they would need go spend time establishing that he actually had the drug problem, and I think that would take too long.

      • Drew says:

        Not really. That’s the thing… you can overdose the first time you ever use it. You can be a user without anyone around you knowing it. Drugs are strange and unpredictable, and that’s why they’re illegal. If they want an even stronger storyline, have one of the old Glee members return and have the story revolve around how they talked Finn into trying it. It’s their fault he died. They just wanted to have fun. It was the first time.

        There are a million ways to play the story properly. Ignoring the obvious teachable moment because it’s not a happy thing to get into is wussing out.

        And again, we’re talking about Glee. The show that has ever put any thought or consideration into character or realism. It wouldn’t be out of the realm of possibility for this show to have a character suddenly sprout wings and fly. I don’t think it would be too far to have one of them use drugs.

        • O-Town says:

          If anything, they should have Becki be the one who talked Finn into trying drugs the first time. That way, we could make fun of the situation and not make it all preachy. If you honestly believe I meant that, then you’re pretty much an awful person. We can hypothesize all we want on how THEY should do the tribute episode but if you’ve ever had someone close to you die, did you honestly feel like hearing other people tell you how to grieve, how to honor your loved one? But looks like some people feel they NEED to tell GLEE how to mourn and celebrate their loved one because this is how this other person feels and that’s how the cast and crew of GLEE should feel because anything other than that would just not be right to them. Because after all, who cares what they must be going through. They need to entertain us and help us feel better about how we feel about Cory Monteith’s passing. Selfish much, people?

          • Drew says:

            They can mourn however they want. But when it comes to the show, we aren’t talking about the cast and crew. We’re talking about the show. If they’re willing to tell stories that effect people they don’t know, they should be willing to tell stories that effect them.

    • Mari says:

      Probably because this time it’s dealing with the actual life of someone they actually know. It’s a whole lot easier to be sly and sanctimonious about stuff that happened to _other_ people, or when dealing with something that happened to you long enough ago you’ve lost the emotional immediacy of it.

      • Drew says:

        So basically, the show is BS that has been capitalizing on the pain of countless people around the country, but when it happens to them, it’s no longer fun.

        • Mari says:

          Well, yeah. Blunter than I’d’ve put it, but, yes.
          It’s easier to see the message you want to send about an issue and the funny side of something when you’re not living it yourself.

        • O-Town says:

          Can you at the very least exercise a little decency and let the chips fall where they may? You’re going after their frollicking about stuff like suicide, coming out, and texting while driving NOW?!!! So if your loved one passed, do you seriously want someone to get into what an awful person they were? REALLY, dude? It’s disgusting that you’re going on a rampage now. What are you? A member of the Westboro Baptist Church?

        • Sammy says:

          Drew, you pretty much described every single drama show ever. Welcome to TV.

        • Gina says:

          Can you imagine being Lea Michele or any of Cory’s friends and dealing with this in real life, to then have to turn around and deal with this as part of the show too? It’s just too much. I get that they’re actors, but they’re people too. They’re still grieving.

          • Drew says:

            They don’t have a choice but to deal with it. Making up a heroic death for Finn won’t change anything. It will simply mean avoiding the truth of the situation. Do you think that playing out a scene where Finn dies rescuing a kitten from a tree and then singing about how wonderful that was would be helpful to anyone?

            It is a messed up situation. It sucks. But they have no choice but to go through it. It is just a matter of how they handle it and what they could potentially accomplish with this hour of TV. Honestly, having the actors sit on stools and talk to the camera as themselves for an hour would do more good than putting glitter on this situation and trying to make it somehow prettier and easier.

  15. Joan says:

    given the fact that his character had no drinking or drug problems I feel that having him die that way would not be fitting with the show or Finn Hudson, let him die a hero. All in all it still makes me very sad that he died at all. :(

  16. Clare says:

    Personally I would have preferred them not to have killed Finn off at all :( I know it’s inevetible and really they probably have too, but I would have preferred them to just write Finn out of the show, being at college or whatever and when glee finally ends we see Rachel going to meet him, obviously you don’t see him but you know it’s Finn, I just think for them not to be ‘end game’ is awful but I guess for Rachel and Cory not to be either is much worse! However they do it, it must be so hard for her! My heart goes out to her, so sad :( I think a ‘breaking the fourth wall’ type tribute would have been nice too! Oh well, however they do it I’m sure we’ll all be watching.

  17. Fernanda says:

    I hope, they could use outtakes of Cory that didn’t use on previews episodes. But I Imagine Cory solo songs on the show but this time with the gleeks singing with him.

    Jesse’s Girl with all the gleeks
    Can’t fight this feeling with Mr Schue. This is a reference for the first time when Schue heard Finn singing in the shower.
    I’ll Stand by you with Kurt or Puck.
    Just the way you are with Rachel
    It’s gonna be me with Mercedes
    and the final song the solo version of Pretending with Rachel
    Glee people use my ideas please!!!

  18. Gail says:

    I think they should just do a time jump. At the end of episode 2 in New York there will be a phone call. Santana will answer . She hangs up goes to Rachel and Kurt and says something has happened. Black out. The next week it is sometime after the funeral and the gang gets together to celebrate Finn’s life in song and old clips.

    • A Fan says:

      Best idea I’ve heard! I do think it might be a missed opportunity for Glee to have a “teaching moment” on the dangers of drugs whether it’s a first time users or an addict but I like this idea of perhaps just jumping past what happened and into how he will be missed.

    • Scott says:

      Well, except that there’s no phone to hang up — they all have their own phones. Now why would Santana hear first, and not Kurt?

  19. cas says:

    I don’t know why saying how he dies is important. Like using his death is going to teach kids something as some people seem to think. You know how many shows/movies, etc I have seen in my lifetime about drugs or having to do with drugs? I don’t think they send messages, or help kids really. Because in the end it is your choice, and I doubt anyone will sit back and say “Well I am not going to do that because remember that kid from Glee who died…”

  20. Becks says:

    They don’t need to send a message. Cory is dead. I think we already got the message loud an clear. What they need to do now is give the fans (and themselves) some closure. Celebrate his life and let us say goodbye. That’s what we want.

  21. Erika says:

    All I know is…the second Lea opens her mouth to sing I will be bawling like a baby.

  22. Ola says:

    It’s great that they respect that Gleeks grieving too, so the idea of doing episode to help people with this feeling is just amazing.

  23. Pepper says:

    I am relieved that Finn’s death is not an overdose. Personally to go so far OCC would be like a posthumous slap in the face for Cory who worked to hard to portray Finn’s character as written on the show, whose life was almost the opposite of Cory.

    I do believe they are wrong to not address the way Finn died, however. It is preposterous to have a lead character, and have him die and no one asks what happened in the grieving process.

    Finn needs to have closure for his character and that will NEVER happen as long as there are questions pending on how he died. Give Finn a hero’s death like he wished his father had and allow him, at death, to strip away his feeling of being a Lima Loser forever. Why not give Finn whatever happy ending he can get and have his death at least mean something instead of a ghost lurking in the background?

    Unless of course they want to use the cause of Finn’s death as a lure to continue watching each episode just in case they suddenly address ( tune in next week, you might find out how Finn died). If that is the case it would be wrong on soooo many levels.

  24. Helen M. Burke says:

    What is so sad to me is that the entire last season I kept saying to myself the character Finn seems so lost. He didn’t belong anywhere I thought. I wonder if his lost character role in Glee had anything to do with how he felt about himself and his addiction. I think they already have the premise for a dark secret going on in Finn’s life. Maybe not drug addiction because that would be so hard to believe of Finn’s character. But he had other issues going on, longing for his father, losing his girlfriend and the realization that her talent was greater than his and he didn’t belong in her world, taking over the Choir when he wasn’t really qualified, etc…. I’m just so sad about the loss of this young man and so many others who leave us so young due to drug addiction. Initially, I thought the drug isssue had to be addressed but I think it will be too painful for the rest of the cast and possibly the young Glee fans. :( And I do think his life should be celebrated for all the joy he brought to his fans. Maybe there should be two shows one dedicated to Cory the other dedicated to Finn.

  25. Cherie says:

    Using Cory’s death to make a socially-relevant statement is NOT exploitation. Cory is in
    college: suppose he celebrates making Dean’s List with a night of partying with friends,
    mixes drugs and alcohol and doesn’t wake up. This happens. Smart people do dumb things, sometimes with tragic results. Not establishing a cause of death seems like a cop-
    out and a missed opportunity to present something of inestimable value.

    • Trent says:

      Because no one will know that drugs are bad unless Glee tells them? I think both the creators and fans tend to overestimate the importance of the way this show deals with issues.

  26. JAson says:

    They should have a nuclear bomb drop on the school. That would be a good way for him to die.

    • Gleefanbaby says:

      I am going quote Santana from Glee Season Three….”I throw this hot Mocca in your face but it’s not nearly scolding enough, Jason.”
      I think Glee made the best decision to make this about grief and I think this will be more than just one Episode. It’s going to carry for a while….
      Now do me a favor if you feel the need to say something along those lines smack yourself really hard.

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  28. A says:

    I just hope that the tribute episode isn’t the end of it. Either they do a time jump after it or they actually show the effect his death may have had on the core people (Rachel, Kurt, Santana, Will, and some of the original cast) over a couple of episodes and how they attempt to move on. I’m okay with the show going a little dark for a few episodes if it’s needed to accomplish it. I know Glee is not a show to expect realistic storylines and behaviours, but I hope they don’t just do a tribute episode and when they come back for the fourth episode after the hiatus have everything go back to normal with stupid antics and new random plots. I’d rather see them do a significant time jump if they insist on moving on right away rather than have it be a one and done deal and glossed over after one episode. Finn’s death can’t be like the the way they tackle other issues like everyone getting over a school shooting after just one episode, a girl who texts and drives recovering from an accident at lightening speed, etc. It’s a significant part of the show and the loss of an integral character.

  29. WireDream says:

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  30. shreddedfrost says:

    I think they should take advantage of his death to trim some of the dead weight from the cast. Maybe he got in a fatal accident while driving a van full of the new Lima kids? Or maybe he and Blaine die in the same accident?

  31. Jay says:

    It’s a good thing they are not killing Finn off by a drug overdose…it is not what his character was about. It’s not necessary to know every detail as to why someone died real life or fictional.

  32. Glee Deva says:

    No matter which way they choose to go people are going to be upset. You can please some of the people all of the time and all of the people some of the time but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

  33. Linda says:

    Finn’s character was so integral to the show you can’t just leave him hanging out there in the shadows. His death has to be along the lines of his character not the actor who portrayed him. Besides, I kind of see Finn as the best part of Cory, the person he was trying to be, wanted to be for real, maybe even really was inside when he was sober.

    Anyway, his death, whether they tell us exactly what happened or not, is over. It’s the shock, grieving and sadness and how everybody copes with it that counts now. Somebody else said they didn’t want this to be a “one and done” issue and then everyone goes back to inane stuff and silliness. I agree. They need to get back to everyday living, but they also need to have those flashback moments of missing Finn and the what ifs that real people go through for a while. That would maybe help the cast and the fans.

  34. tuggerofthepudd says:

    Holy spoilers batman

  35. G Martin says:

    I don’t like the idea at all writing Finn off the show. Everyone knows Cory died of a drug overdose. Trying to carefully craft a story line about Finn’s death comes off completely disingenuous. Cory’s death is soo much bigger than a Finn write off that it is not believable and kind of hokey..

    I would rather see a tribute to Cory, the actor, for the entire hour. Have the cast in a comfortable setting, sitting together, and have each share a special moment they remember the most, working with Cory on the set. Also, have them each share one of their favorite scenes or clips of Cory at his best. The drug overdose issue does not need to come up at all. We all know what happened.

    Then cut to a short spot with all of the cast members standing together on stage and have Lea Michele lead them in a tribute song of remembrance written just for Cory with images of Finn showing in the background.

    Sign off with an image of Cory as Finn walking away and on the image, fade in a caption, “Goodbye My Friend, we will always love you”

    The End.

    After that tribute, continue with the new season as they are. We all know why Finn is not there.

    • G Martin says:

      I would also like to add to my post that this episode should be made a celebration of Cory’s life. We don’t know him like the cast knows him. To have them share more about Cory with us will be a fitting tribute and also share the wonderful things about Cory we never knew. I don’t think it would be fair to the actors or the fans, to relive Cory’s death and the heartache and pain as it happened all over again by killing off Finn. It will not be believable and it would be difficult for the cast as well as the fans to play this out that way.

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