"Glee" executive producer Ryan Murphy
is going into detail for the first time about the special episode of the show
that was written as a memorial to star Cory Monteith.
Speaking to Deadline, Murphy said it was not easy moving from the usually
upbeat themes to deal with the heaviness of losing Monteith and figuring out how
to handle his tragic death on the show. "It's been a difficult circumstance
because we basically went straight from the memorial into [reworking] the two
Beatles episodes, which I think are fun and optimistic, that we had always had
He said he had spent the past week collaborating with others to write the
memorial episode. "There were a lot of things that we had to decide -- how are
we going to deal with his death? At one point, we were going to have his
character die after an accidental drug overdose -- that was something we had
considered. But we have decided that we're not going to have him pass from that.
Basically, what we're doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or
maybe not at all, how that character died."
Murphy said Monteith's death had already taken a toll on the whole "Glee"
cast and crew, but he added that "the really difficult thing" is yet to come.
"We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We're just now finishing it,
and at the end of the week we'll send it to get approvals," he revealed to
"But I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it's a very heartfelt
look at how young people grieve ... 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."
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