The fans are going to have to do something very painful-say goodbye to Glee. Ryan Murphy has been hinting around for a while that the show might meet an untimely demise, but now he has officially confirmed the death of the show; he says it’s over. The show will face its final curtain after next season, he says. Murphy explained at an FX Network event that the entire show and especially the end of the show was supposed to have focused on Finn and Rachel and now that Corey Monteith is gone, Murphy’s plans have been thwarted. He explained:
The final year of the show, which will be next year, 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. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.
Fans were stunned on July 13th of this year when Monteith died from a drug overdose at a hotel in Vancouver. The Glee star had been struggling on and off with addiction, but even those closest to him thought he had beaten it. He’d done two stints in rehab and seemed to be very healthy, putting forth a perfect persona to everyone he met.
Murphy has previously said that Monteith was very professional, always showed up to the set on time, and was a joy to work with. Monteith was much beloved by his co-workers, who have been left shattered by his tragic passing.
The news that Glee is going meet its final death after next season might not come as a surprise to fans who have been closely following the story, but it will certainly be devastating. One of the best things about Glee, say many fans, was simply its pure, unadulterated joy and uplifting storylines that made the show so much fun to watch.
It’s almost as if something very pure and very innocent has been robbed from the fans. It seems as though we can’t ever just have anything that’s 100% happy and perfect. It always has to be sullied by some tragedy or ruined by someone’s selfish actions.
These actors who have everything: looks, talent, beautiful companions, money, fame; they always seem to screw it up somehow. Monteith has robbed all of us. He has robbed us of his voice, his talent and his song. He has devastated his girlfriend and his family, and now he has twice devastated us by causing the death of Glee entirely.
Who know for how many seasons Glee would have run? All we know now is that Ryan Murphy has confirmed the show’s death and we, the fans, are left to pick up the pieces and move on. First world problems? Absolutely. But having a respite from first world problems allows us to solve much bigger and more important things. Being able to recharge means being able to focus on what’s important. Now that respite has been taken away from us. Goodbye Glee, we’ll miss you.
An Editorial By: Rebecca Savastio