Four years and five seasons after a group of high schoolers sung their way to our hearts, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy announced that the show’s sixth season will be its last.
“The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel (Lea Michele) and Cory/Finn’s story,” Murphy told TVLine at last night’s Fox Networks celebration at the Paley Center for Media in New York City. “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.”
Back in April, Variety reported that the popular Fox dramedy had been renewed for two more seasons, meaning tales of the fictional William McKinley High School glee club would have run well into 2015. Sadly, with the untimely death of Cory Monteith in July, that fairytale ending has changed.
“When a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do,” Murphy added. “So we’re figuring that out now.”
Monteith’s death was commemorated in last Thursday’s “The Quarterback” episode, which drew in 7.39 million viewers and gave the show its biggest viewership since September 2012. Part of Murphy’s plan moving forward involves paying homage to the star as Glee‘s sixth season unfolds.
“I have a good idea,” he said. “I’m going to tell the studio and the network [in a week] how after Cory’s unfortunate passing we can end the show that I think is very satisfactory. And kind of in his honor, which I love.”
Michele, who was Monteith’s real-life love, has yet to comment on the news but is staying busy shooting scenes for season five with co-star Chris Colfer, according to a tweet she sent earlier today. Meanwhile, Murphy remains at work on the third season of FX’s American Horror Story and a pilot for HBO’s Open.