Ryan Murphy is right

Ryan Murphy recently revealed on a Glee podcast that he thinks Glee should have ended after the passing of Cory Monteith, and he’s absolutely right.

Co-creator Ryan Murphy is right when he says Glee should have ended sooner than it did. Murphy recently took part in Glee stars Kevin McHale and Jenna Ushkowitz’ revamped podcast, And That’s What You REALLY Missed, in which the cast rewatch each episode and discuss it in detail. Murphy’s most poignant comments concerned Cory Monteith, one of the main cast of Glee, who tragically passed away in 2013.

However, in hindsight, Murphy thinks Glee should have ended after Monteith’s death. “If I could start all over again, now knowing what I know, I probably would have said, ‘You know what? We’ll take a year off and then we’ll check and see.” I wouldn’t have done that now,” Murphy told And That’s What You REALLY Missed. Murphy added that “the cast and crew’s hearts broke”, explaining that the “spirit and joy left the building”. While Glee’s sequel was obviously well-intentioned, the spark began to fade, which was evident in subsequent seasons, proving Murphy’s idea that the series would have benefited from ending earlier.

Why Glee was finally canceled

After Glee’s ratings continued to decline after each subsequent season, and particularly after the tragic death of Cory Monteith, Murphy announced in October 2013 that the series would end after its sixth season. The show had produced some great storylines like Kurt’s exit, but by the time Monteith passed away, it became clear that the quality of the show was no longer there. In preparation for its first season without its star, a month-long hiatus was taken during production. This led to Season 5 being two episodes shorter than normal. Season 6 saw its episode count further reduced to 13 and ended in March 2015, nearly two years after Monteith’s death.

How Glee handled the death of Cory Monteith

Creators Brad Falchuk, Ian Brennan and Murphy wrote a tribute episode to Monteith and his Glee character Finn Hudson, titled “The Quarterback”, named after his position on the school football team and the skills of Finn’s leadership during performances at Glee Club. Having initially decided to give Finn the exact same fate as his actor, the writers decided to have Finn die without mentioning the cause of death. The episode brought together current and former members of the Glee Club to pay tribute to their late friend. Widely considered one of the show’s greatest episodes, “The Quarterback” paid tribute not only to Finn but also to their true colleague and friend.

However, Murphy partly regrets the tribute episode in hindsight. “I wouldn’t have done that now,” Murphy told And That’s What You REALLY Missed. “I felt like it was way too raw and way too soon. Still, Glee received pioneering praise throughout its run, including for “The Quarterback,” and the show continued to mention Finn on multiple occasions. Notable references included Finn’s love interest Rachel getting her name tattooed, the Glee Club performing his favorite songs, and the school auditorium being dedicated in his honor during the Glee finale.

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