Glee: Ryan Murphy Reveals Original Series Ending for Finn and Rachel

After star Cory Monteith's tragic death, the Fox series' creator said he had to "figure" out how to end the series

By Tierney Bricker Dec 23, 2013 9:59 PMTags
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Glee fans will no longer have to wonder what Ryan Murphy's original series ending plan was for Finn (Cory Monteith) and Rachel (Lea Michele). 

After the tragic death of star Cory Monteith this summer, the show's cocreator said he had to "figure" out how to end the Fox series as he "knew" what the last shot of the Fox series was going to be. Now, in an In Memoriam piece penned for Entertainment Weekly's year-end special issue, Murphy has revealed the ending he and the writers originally envisioned for Finchel's journey on the show. 

"Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play," Murphy wrote. "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."

Murphy then went on to detail what the series' final moment would've been. And we suggest having tissues prepared because it's sure to cause a few tears to fall due to its sweetness, simplicity, and now, sadness.

"Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's glee club," he explained. "‘What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The End."

Back in October, Murphy confirmed that the series' sixth season will be its last while at an Paley Center event for his other series, American Horror Story Coven. At the time, he said the series finale would pay tribute to Monteith.

"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," Murphy explained. "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."

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He added that he had a "good idea" of how the show would end, saying, "I'm going to tell the studio and the network how after Cory's unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love." 

In an interview with E! News after Monteith's passing, Murphy said he considered ending the show for good, but the decision to continue filming was ultimately up to Michele.

"If Lea had said to me, 'I could never do this again and I don't want to do this again,' you know, she is sort of the show, so what do you do? And I would've, out of respect to her as a person, said 'OK,' but that's not how Lea operates; that's not how she feels," he said. "She's handled this with so much humanity and grace and she's also handled this in a way where she's trying to look out for 500 other people affected by him and who have mortgages to pay and families to feed."