'Glee' Co-Creator on Season 5 Plans and the Death of Cory Monteith
'Glee' Co-Creator on Season 5 Plans and the Death of Cory Monteith
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The sudden and tragic death of Glee star Cory Monteith has raised many questions about the future of Glee. In an interview with TVLine, co-creator Ryan Murphy has spoken out about the passing of the star and what's to come on Glee season.

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Murphy explained that the first two episodes of Glee season 5 will go on as planned. Back in May the writers began working on the first two episodes, which would feature the music of The Beatles. It's something they've wanted to do since the start of the series.

The first two episodes won't address the absence of Monteith's Finn Hudson, but Murphy feels it's best to start out by letting the cast and crew deal with the tragedy together. He even announced that grief counselors will be on set for the first two weeks to help everyone.

Monteith's death will then be addressed in the show's third episode, tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 10. The writers haven't written it yet, but it goes without saying the episode will be a tribute to Finn Hudson. That will be the last episode before the show takes its fall hiatus for FOX's coverage of baseball.

The Glee writers will then gather to map out the rest of the season's storylines to figure out how Finn's absence will affect the show. Presumably the show will come back for several more episodes in November before taking a winter hiatus and returning in the spring.

Murphy added that early discussions could've led to Glee season 5 being pushed back to mid-season as production may have been delayed until November or January to accommodate Monteith's death. However, he and co-creator Brad Falchuk spoke with Lea Michele, Monteith's girlfriend and co-star, who urged them to bring everyone back together. The sense was that it would be better for everyone to grieve as a family, and that Monteith wouldn't want people to lose work and not get paid.

It will undoubtedly be hard to watch the first few episodes of Glee season 5 following the death of Cory Monteith. The brilliant music of the Beatles will hopefully provide some comfort, though the first two episodes will be difficult since, in the back of everyone's minds, they'll be thinking about Cory.

That third episode is bound to be the most emotional one Glee has ever done, though it will follow a certain pattern the show has held of doing a strong, emotional, serious episode early in the season. The fourth episode of season 1 dealt with Kurt coming out to his dad, the third episode of season 2 saw Kurt's dad have a heart attack. The third episode of season 3 saw Mike Chang dealing with his disapproving father, Mercedes leaving the New Directions and Emma being overwhelmed by her OCD (ending with the emotional "Fix You" performance). The fourth episode of season 4 was "The Break-Up." And now the third episode of season 5 will say goodbye to Finn Hudson.

See how Glee mourns the loss of one of its most beloved stars when season 5 begins Thursday, September 26 at 9pm on FOX.

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