‘Glee’ Creator Ryan Murphy Talks Life After Cory Monteith

Since Cory Monteith’s passing one of the many questions on fans minds is how the sudden tragedy will be handled on the hit show Glee. Will Finn Hudson ride off on a bus and never return? Will the death be addressed on the show? The former option could have been a good route if Monteith’s character wasn’t so integral to all of the characters on the show.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy recently broke his silence to TV Line about the passing of Cory Monteith, his girlfriend Lea Michele’s well-being, and what the future holds without Finn Hudson. It has been revealed that Murphy will plan Finn Hudson’s death. Although the reason behind his death isn’t disclosed, Murphy said of the decision:

“We’re going to go on the air with two episodes and right now we’re writing the third episode, which deals with Finn’s death – which, you can imagine, is a very difficult episode to write. [It] has to be done very carefully and with a lot of taste and really making sure that it’s a tribute to Cory. “

Earlier this week Twentieth Century Fox announced that it would delay taping of Glee until early August, which pushes the premiere date back by a week. Of the short delay, Murphy said it’s Monteith’s girlfriend Lea Michele, who was an important part of that decision:

“We made no decisions without consulting Lea. [Executive producer] Brad Falchuk and I talked to Lea and really asked her what she wanted to do. We laid out every possible option. And she was very adamant that she thought it was best for the cast and crew to get back together sooner [rather] than later.”

His statement now confirms that Lea Michele will indeed be back for the new season, which until now was up in the air. The tribute episode, which will be the third episode to air in the upcoming season will be the last episode before a long writer’s hiatus. It’s obvious that everybody at Glee will have to recoup after a difficult episode. Murphy also revealed that he will have grief counselors during the first two tapings.

Although the future for Glee seems hazy following the tribute episode, Murphy does have plans to honor Cory regardless. The Glee creator revealed just some of those plans:

“[We’re going to] continue to take care of the cast and crew and work on setting things up in Cory’s honor – scholarships, what have you – because that’s something we’re dedicated to doing. It’s just a crazy, really difficult, very emotional time. I think what we’re really trying to do is deal with it as a family, which is what that group of people is. Lea is obviously very grief-stricken but she’s also one of the strongest people I know.”

The new season of Glee will premiere on Thursday, September 26 on FOX.