Ryan Murphy has shared new scoop from a "Glee" Cory Monteith memorial episode. In an interview with Deadline, he reveals that it's not easy for the writers to decide how they're going to deal with his death.
The episode will address drug addiction issue, but Murphy says Monteith's Finn Hudson won't die of the said cause. "At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose - that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we're not going to have him pass from that," he assures fans.
Refusing to spill more details, the series creator insists the episode "is about a celebration of that character's life." He explains, "That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way."
"There's been tears on set. It's been hard for a lot of people. But the really difficult thing is coming. We start shooting the memorial episode this week. We're just now finishing it," he goes on sharing. "I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it's a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve."
Admitting "it's been a really hard thing to write" since the actor's sudden passing, he adds, "We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We're trying to craft an episode that's not just about us grieving but about a lot of the young fans grieving."
Monteith died on July 13 of mixed-drug toxicity, involving heroin and alcohol, at the age of 31. Emmy Awards also plans a tribute to the late actor, although the show's executive producer Ken Ehrlich admitted they had received more pressure considering the timing, with only two months left before the ceremony takes place on September 22.