Season 5 of Glee is just getting underway, but creator Ryan Murphy is already thinking about the show’s endgame. On Wednesday, he revealed that the show will end after Season 6 (as was always his plan), but he’s had to change things around after the sudden death of Cory Monteith this summer.
“The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around the Rachel (Lea Michele)-Cory/Finn story,” he admitted. “I always knew that. I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was — she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you have to pause and figure out what you want to do.”
However, Ryan added that he still has a pretty good idea of what changes he’ll make to the original plan. “I think it’s very satisfactory and in his honor, which I love,” he explained.
Last week, a tribute episode for Cory aired, in which original cast members, including his real-life and on-screen girlfriend, Lea, sang songs dedicated to the late actor. Overall, the emotional hour garnered positive response from fans. The show will return from a brief hiatus on Nov. 7.