Ryan Murphy: Original Glee Ending Included Cory Monteith, Lea Michele in Final Scene
Ryan Murphy had the ending of Glee planned out since the series' pilot. An excerpt of Murphy’s revelation, which was first shared in a eulogy delivered at a private memorial service for the late Cory Monteith back in July, was printed in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly. "For me, Cory was both the beginning and the ending of Glee... literally," he said.
“The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I’ve always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star,” said Murphy, 47, who will end the show after Season 6. "The very last line of dialogue was to be this: 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,” the series co-creator said.
Murphy told reporters back in October, “I just said the whole end year of the show, which will be next year, was designed really around Rachel/Cory, Finn story. I mean I always knew that," he confessed. "I knew how that 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 happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what else you want to do, so we're figuring that out now.”
(Monteith died at age 31 back in July from a “mixed drug toxicity” consisting of heroin and alcohol. His memorial episode “The Quarterback” aired in October. “He was my person,” said Rachel Berry, Finn Hudson’s high school sweetheart played by Lea Michele, Monteith’s real-life girlfriend. Addressing the memorial episode in an interview with Australian magazine TV Week, Michele, 27, confessed, "I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn.")