Ryan Murphy on Darren/Blaine/Klaine from the “Tested” livetweet.
After Cory Monteith’s unexpected passing last summer, Ryan Murphy knew he had to change directions with Glee. Suddenly, it felt wrong to be hanging around the high school. “The big idea, the big plan of what the series was gonna be and how it was gonna end radically changed when Cory passed away,” Gleeboss Ryan Murphy told Vulture. Finn would have taken over the glee club while Rachel would pursue her dreams in New York City. When Cory passed away, “that part of the story as we imagined it, it just didn’t make any sense anymore, and it felt bad, to be quite honest.” So producers decided to reset the show leading up to the final season. They’d close the McKinley High chapter with the 100th episode, and start fresh with all of the core cast relocating to New York. Creatively, Murphy’s happy. On Monday afternoon, he got on the phone with a small group of reporters to discuss further upcoming changes and what else to expect as Glee looks toward the end.
Glee's sixth and final season is starting to take shape.
Following the July death of star Cory Monteith — whose Finn Hudson was the cornerstone of the show’s Ohio-set high school storyline — showrunner Ryan Murphy shifted the Fox musical to New York full-time. The move, he says, has rejuvenated the series that he admits stumbled a bit at the start of its current fifth season when it attempted to hold on to its McKinley High School setting.
"The big plan of what the series was going to be and how it was going to end was radically changed when Cory passed away. His character, Finn, was going to take over the glee club and Rachel was going to go off on her New York adventures," Murphy told a small group of reporters Monday during a semi-exclusive conference call that included The Hollywood Reporter. "Once Cory passed away, that part of the story as we had imagined it just didn’t make any sense anymore — and it felt bad, to be quite honest. [The writers] made a decision that the freshest thing to do would be a complete clean start, so we really accelerated all those New York stories."
The move, he stressed, has helped Glee return to its roots. The show now focuses on a smaller group of original core characters, including Rachel (Lea Michele), Kurt (Chris Colfer), Santana (Naya Rivera), Sam (Chord Overstreet), Artie (Kevin McHale), Blaine (Darren Criss) and, most recently, Mercedes (Amber Riley), rather than the sprawling cast with a long roster of fresh faces brought in to repopulate New Directions. In New York, the writers have found a greater emphasis on “firsts” — one of the show’s original themes — as it tells new young adult stories about post-high school life.
Ryan Murphy not only has a firm grasp of exactly how Glee will end, he also knows which two characters will be in the “powerful and moving” final scene.
That was but one of the revealing takeaways from an intimate, Glee-centric Q&A the show’s exec producer conducted with a few select outlets (TVLine included) on Monday.In addition to previewing this season’s five remaining Big Apple-set episodes (including this week’s highly enjoyable outing, “Tested”), Murphy opened up about the big idea he and co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are cooking up for Season 6′s 24-episode farewell, which cast members will be invited to participate, and whether we have seen the last of McKinley High.
Murphy also spoke candidly about the “painful” internal conversations surrounding Rachel’s romantic future — a topic that’s touched on in tonight’s episode.
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