There have been many harsh realities that we’ve all had to cope with in light of Cory Monteith‘s tragic death from heroin overdose late last week. We had to come to terms with the fact that even a successful, well-liked, young man who took steps toward his own recovery can succumb to addiction. We had to remind ourselves that there’s nothing his girlfriend Lea Michele could have done to prevent his overdose and that to imply otherwise is irresponsible. And now, even though its importance pales in comparison to what his friends and family are going through, the producers of Glee need to decide how they are going to handle his absence when the show returns for its fifth season.
The way things were left at the end of last season, which aired its last episode on May 9th, 2013, Cory’s character of Finn Hudson was being primed to return to the show in a teaching capacity. Even though he’d graduated from McKinley High, Cory was allegedly so nice to work with that the producers wanted to keep him on the show as much as possible, and they were setting that up to take place with the season premiere in September. That date has been put off now as its decided how to handle his death as regards the show.
These conversations are still in the very early, raw stages, but one option that’s been brought up is tapering off his character through use of unused footage that had already been filmed. According to a source speaking to Hollywood Life:
“There has been talk about writing the first few episodes around old footage of Cory from the show and actually have Finn be alive for a bit in order to lead into a more emotional goodbye — so it doesn’t feel sudden. The producers are weighing what the cast and his family think of the idea, and of course Lea Michele, to see if it’s at all plausible to attempt. Regardless, they want to do any angle with dignity.”
Yeah it’s tough. It’s really hard to even think about the show continuing at this point, but there are so many people who get such great joy out of it, from the audience to the actors to the crew behind-the-scenes, that it wouldn’t make sense to scrap it in the face of this tragedy.
But however they choose to move forward, I appreciate the fact that they’re trying to do so in a way that’s respectful to everyone involved. From what I’ve heard, the whole crew appreciated Cory as a person and attempted to help and support him through his struggles with addiction. It’s devastating the way things turned out, but I have faith that Glee has Cory’s best interests at heart and won’t do anything inappropriate. It’s hard to know how to act, so let’s just cut them some slack while they try to figure it out, yeah?
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