Cory Monteith’s Glee memorial episode will explore “how young people grieve”.
The show’s co-creator Ryan Murphy has been working tirelessly with writers on how to deal with Cory’s tragic death on the television musical.
The actor, who portrayed the lovable Finn Hudson, passed away from a heroin overdose on July 13 in a Vancouver hotel room at the age of 31.
Ryan is pleased with how his team is addressing the tragedy.
“I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve,” he told Deadline.
“We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving,” he explained.
But writing the scenes has been delicate work.
Ryan initially thought about imitating the story of Cory’s death onscreen but he’s now assuring fans Finn will not OD. “We have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that,” he said.
Instead Ryan’s team will leave the ending open to interpretation which he hopes will make remembering Cory a celebration. “Basically, what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died,” he said. “The idea being, how somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’
“That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way,” Ryan continued.
The screenwriter said the cast and crew, including Cory’s former girlfriend Lea Michele, have been leaning on each other throughout this difficult time and plan to take time off after the memorial episode is finished.
“There’s been tears on set. It’s been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming,” he said.
“We’re just now finishing it, and at the end of the week we’ll send it to [the studio 20th Century Fox Television] to get their approvals. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write.”
The Glee memorial episode will begin shooting this week.
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