In the course of paying tribute to dearly departed Glee cast member Cory Monteith, series creator Ryan Murphy has for the first time detailed how Fox’s musical dramedy originally was to lower the curtain, had Rachel (played by Monteith’s real-life love, Lea Michele) not lost Finn. And the moment may seem familiar to Glee fans.
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Previously, this fall at PaleyFest, Murphy revealed, “The final [season] was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story…. 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.”
Now, in a first-person In Memoriam piece for Entertainment Weekly‘s Year-End Special, Murphy details, “Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play,” while “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.”
But Glee wouldn’t end quite there. In the series’ final moments, Murphy continues, “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.”
A version of that exchange found its way into “The Quarterback,” the Glee episode that remembered Monteith/Finn, when Rachel related to Mr. Schue how she imagined her and Finn’s future.
At PaleyFest, months after Monteith’s passing, Murphy said he had “a good idea” of a new way to end the series, when the time comes, one that is “very satisfactory. And kind of in [Cory’s] honor, which I love.”