By now, most “Finchel” fans have probably dropped dead from the overload of gleeky goodness found in the final moments of Glee‘s “Yes/No.” But if any of you are still alive and kickin’, TVLine has some fresh Finn and Rachel scoop straight from star Cory Monteith.
Here, the actor weighs in on what he thought of his character’s jaw-dropping marriage proposal and reveals what’s in store for McKinley High’s musically-inclined couple. (As always, you can also relive tonight’s installment in much more detail thanks to Michael Slezak’s weekly recap, found here.)
TVLINE | What a twist! Were you and Lea Michele aware that a proposal was on the way before you got the script?
We had our suspicions, but we weren’t really sure until we read the script. Lea and I phoned each other screaming because it was such a big deal, and we immediately knew how big of a deal it would be to the fans. We were floored and very excited.
TVLINE | It was hard to tell if Rachel was happy or horrified with Finn’s proposal. Any hints as to what we can expect to see next week? Maybe a big, fat yes?
[Laughs] I can tell you it does pick up where it left off tonight, and in true Glee form, Rachel provides an answer to this proposal in the form of a song.
Re-watch Finn’s proposal, then read on for more from Cory Monteith:
TVLINE | This was a big episode for Finn, one with more dramatic moments that we’re used to seeing from your happy-go-lucky character. Did you relish this opportunity as an actor?
I loved it. I’m so happy that Ryan [Murphy] wrote me this stuff, because it’s been a long time coming with Finn, dealing with the dad stuff and his relationship coming to a head with Rachel. I was thrilled! It doesn’t feel forced, it’s just a very organic place in the series for this to happen. Plus, Eric Stoltz is such a brilliant director, and I’m really happy he was directing this particular episode.
TVLINE | Did you find Finn’s desire to enlist in the Army at all sudden?
It was pretty true to form as far as Finn’s indecisiveness and not knowing where he wants to take his life. It was kind of cool that at the same time he was considering enlisting, he found out these very heavy truths about his father, and I hope that is carried forward. There’s still a lot more to explore as far as that is concerned for him. It’s the beginning of Finn unraveling that stuff in his past, and I don’t think it’s the end.
TVLINE | Do you know for certain that there there plans to delve deeper into the history of Finn’s father?
I really just hope that we spend some more time with that.
TVLINE | Talk a little about the emotional scenes tonight between Finn and his mother. There’s a lot of chemistry there.
She’s such a great actor, and to have the fortune of acting opposite someone like that in a scene with that kind of gravity is great. I always feel like it’s really happening when I’m in the scene with Romy [Rosemont]. I really do, so I’m glad it’s with her.
TVLINE | You and your fellow cast mates were Tweeting up a storm while shooting the synchronized swim number. Was it as fun — and grueling! — as it looked?
It was! It was all day, in and out of the pool, and they couldn’t shut the doors because of some humidity issue, so it was freezing cold. At one point I just elected to stay in the pool. I was the only one in there, and they just set up around me, pushing around lights on dollies and stuff — I was just treading water. [Laughs] But I have seen the final product and I think it was really well edited. It was very technically difficult to shoot that scene, especially the synchronized swimming stuff, but it turned out great.
TVLINE | Any parting words for those Finchel fans still floored by tonight’s turn of events?
Hmmm… All will be revealed, but I don’t think it’s as simple as “yes” or “no.”
What did you think of Finn’s proposal to Rachel? Are you excited to see what happens next? Hit the comments!