Glee Announces Its Final Season, We All Breathe a Collective Sigh of Relief

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.

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Brittani Nichols is a Los Angeles based comedy person. When she's not tweeting about white people or watching television, she's probably eating pizza. Actually, she's probably doing all three of those things concurrently and when she's not doing THAT, she's sleeping. Brittani also went to Yale and feels weird about mentioning it but wants you to know.

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  1. i still remember watching the first episode and getting little gosling bumps when they sang “don’t stop believing” and i was so excited for this show! and then no other episode ever gave me bumps again, so i stopped watching. i’m looking forward to this ending peacefully so we can all move on with our lives. most notably riese.

  2. Still feel like I am the only person on this website who likes Glee, so cringed a bit at the title.

    I will deeply miss Brittany S. Pierce, a queer! disabled! magic! girl-in-a-particular-kind-of-way. She resonated for me in a way that no character ever has. (The little hints of terror in the it’s-funny-because-it’s-true details. She knows what someone being electroshocked looks like. She was given pills because someone thought she felt like a little girl. Like, alien invasion.)

    I’m still glad that this show gets to come to a graceful end, and one with reprises of Finn.

  3. Based on what’s been floating around the internet since Monteith’s death, it seems as though Finn’s death will have a profound impact on Rachel throughout the rest of the season, and now that this news has broken, it’s safe to say that she’ll still be dealing with it until the end of season 6.

    That’s a heinous thing for Lea to have to put up with. She’s going to need to keep revisiting her real-life grief until this show is over. I find that pretty exploitative.

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