Last night at a Paley Center event, Ryan Murphy announced that next year’s sixth season of Glee will be its last. Following the untimely death of star, Cory Monteith, Murphy had to reevaluate the show’s direction and ending. He’d hoped to revolve the last season of the show around the Finn/Rachel story, which doesn’t seem like a departure from any other season to me.
The show has been lauded for its incorporation of LGBT characters and storylines, even if the follow-through was never quite there — particularly those regarding lesbian and bisexual characters. That’s certainly how the show lost me.
The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story. 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 sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we’re figuring that out now.
When speaking about his new endgame, Murphy said, “I think it’s very satisfactory and kind of in his honor, which I love.” For those of you that have stuck with Glee, this might come as a shock or a welcome end. It’s rare that showrunners get a season and a half to wrap up a show with a neat little ribbon. We can only hope that another show will step up to the plate after Glee and bring us more camp, more LGBT characters, and with any luck at all, more Naya Rivera.