How Glee Will Pay Tribute To Cory Monteith In The Series Finale

Glee is set to take its final bow this Friday, but before it does, the series has revealed a bunch of details about what fans can expect from the big 2-hour shebang. Namely, Fox’s Glee Season 6 and series finale will look back at the history of the drama and will pay tribute to Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson on the series before his untimely death in 2013.

Ryan Murphy has long spoken out about the fact that Glee’s big series finale would include Finn. At PaleyFest, however, the Glee cast revealed that the final episode will be based around moments in time before the gang got together and New Directions was created. The first episode was screened, and fans were able to see how the group felt about Finn as a jock before they came to know him and accept him in New Directions as a creative talent.

Murphy has said in the past that Glee's final season was originally intended to revolve around Rachel and Finn’s story. In fact, Murphy originally envisioned Finn in the final scene of the series, an expectation that can no longer come into play for obvious reasons. While the show will not wrap up as Murphy originally intended, lead Lea Michele says she is happy with the final product.

I really think that Ryan [Murphy], Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] and the rest of our writers had a difficult task in wrapping up everyone's story lines and also making sure everyone was happy and making sure to honor Cory and do all of that in one episode. And they really did a great job to make sure that the fans were happy and that they were respectful of everyone in the story line.

It’s not as if Glee has just avoided bringing Cory Monteith into the plot since he died. Shortly after his passing, the series planned a major tribute to the actor and the character of Finn that included a slew of musical numbers. His spirit has lived on in the series and it is nice that Murphy and co. figured out a way to include Finn in the finale. Let’s just hope it proves to be a fitting ending for the rest of the cast, as well. Here's a look at what to expect from the last episode.

You can watch the full hour-long panel here. Or, simply tune in for the Glee finale this Friday at 8 p.m. ET on Fox.

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