Cory’s death has resulted in much speculation as to what will happen to his character, Finn, on Glee. There is no doubt that Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, will ensure that Cory’s death is given recognition on the show, whether it be a reunion or covers of his most well-known songs:
Glee Season 5 will include a Cory Monteith tribute led by Lea Michele, according to speculations. Gleek creator Ryan Murphy is expected to honor Cory’s memory through songs he popularised in the show. – Business Times
However, this is apart from the actual plot of Glee. The big question and dread on many Gleeks’ minds right now is what will happen to Finn the character now that the actor so dearly loved and attached to the role is gone. Here are the options the Glee writers and producers are left with:
I present the most improbable and hated (among fans) option first. Recasting has happened in many series however it is often in the beginning of the series rather than after such a long period of time like Glee’s, and often in hopes of a better fit for the role, which is a completely different case for Finn who was built around the characteristics of Cory.
The advantage of this choice (but at high risk) is that the writers will not have to change much of their plans for Finn’s character. Finn and Rachel can still end up together, Finn can still become a teacher and help out the Glee club and, hopefully, fans will grow to love the new Finn.
However, the risks in this case are far greater. The role, regardless of how similar the new actor may attempt to shape it, will not be as well-loved; the new Finn will definitely not have the same singing voice, the same mannerisms, the same humour. Lea Michele will obviously not take it well, having to develop a connection with the new Finn, a character whom she so intimately attaches with her ex-fiance. Knowing her, she has the professional skills to try and pull it off, but fans will definitely not buy into the forced chemistry.
So, as far as recasting goes, my guess is that Ryan Murphy is far more considerate and sensitive to the issue to recast. In circumstances like these, recasting Finn would be just disrespectful to everyone who knew and loved him.
2. Finn takes his leave as well
This option is far more possible, as sad as it may sound. And there are many ways in which the writers can attempt this.
The first is a departure of Finn that does not relate to death, one in which he moves elsewhere so that fans can still pretend that Finn the character is still alive, living happily somewhere else, such as an amazing opportunity to study abroad, or he’s sent to return to the army where he was discharged too early. This option will mean that Finn is essentially still alive in the plot, but will also mean that the topic of Cory’s death will be brushed aside. Something I’m not entirely looking forward to if this does happen.
The other option is to reciprocate Cory’s death with Finn’s death, e.g. a car accident or a plane crash while he was on his way to visit Rachel in New York, probably to surprise her during her casting for Funny Girl. This will allow the cast to commemorate his death in a respectful fashion, the entire cast reunited to commemorate him.
Glee has been known to tackle difficult issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan Murphy allows the audience to see the stripped, vulnerable and relatable emotion of loss that the cast must be feeling now. This sort of event will probably stretch and affect a lot of the other plots within the series.
3. The End of Glee itself
I know many haters of Glee have been unwittingly joking that Cory’s death will hopefully result in the end of Glee, but one still must question whether his death will inevitably result in Glee coming to its final season. How willing will Lea be to continue this series? How much inspiration is left with the writers in keeping the episodes fresh?
After all, how far can Glee progress with such a strong and anchoring character like Finn gone? Especially since the bridging of season 3 and 4 still relies on Finn’s presence and support. Will Glee have to revamp itself into a new TV series after this season is over?
All these questions are left to be answered once the new season of Glee begins in September or, as news has been speculating, in November (if it gets pushed back due to news of Cory’s unexpected death).
In the meantime, as a watcher of Glee, one can only have faith that deliberation is progressing with much tact and respect during this difficult time.
Till next time!
- Cory Monteith: How Will His Death Affect The Future Of ‘Glee’? (hollywoodlife.com)
- Glee Season 5 Premiere May Be Postponed Till November Following Cory Monteith’s Passing (perezhilton.com)