(LOS ANGELES) — After Glee star Cory Monteith’s drug overdose death in July, the show’s co-creator eulogized him at the actor’s private memorial service. Until now, Ryan Murphy’s words were known only to those in attendance, but Entertainment Weekly has revealed an excerpt, which includes how Murphy envisioned Monteith’s character, Finn, wrapping up the Fox show.
As it turns out, some of the end was incorporated into a speech given by Lea Michele, Monteith’s co-star and girlfriend, in this season’s tribute episode for the character.
“The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it,” Murphy explained in the eulogy, according to the magazine. “I’ve always relied on it as a source of comfort…At the end of season 6, Lea’s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star…Finn was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio…The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn’s glee club. ‘What are you doing here?’ he would ask. ‘I’m home,’ she would reply. Fade out. The end.”
The producer said, “That ending, and that beginning, speaks deeply of my personal feelings for Cory…And so he is frozen in a moment. For generations of children, future impressionable young people who will watch his indelible character of Finn Hudson…Cory will continue to change lives for the better. It is a rare gift to touch the lives of one person, let alone millions.”
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