Matt Roush of TV Guide recently got a question from a Glee fan in his “Ask Matt” Q&A column, related to Cory Monteith’s recent death and the effect it’s going to have not only on the show itself but on Lea Michele’s character, Rachel Berry:
Question: In lieu of the recent passing of Cory Monteith, I have seen numerous stories about how past shows have handled the real life passing of an actor/actress — but has there ever been a circumstance like the one on Glee before, where the actor or actress has been a major leading character who was also part of an unresolved beloved core couple? I know 8 Simple Rules had John Ritter who was a lead, but being a comedy, nothing was unresolved with the character. Also, do you think there is any way to ever move the character of Rachel forward in a romantic relationship that the audience could accept or is Rachel done with romantic relationships, being that the audience knows Cory has passed and not left the show for contract or other reasons? — Lindsey
Matt Roush: As in real life, every death on an ongoing series has its own unique complications and sadness. If there’s a situation comparable to what’s happened to Glee, in terms of on-screen and off-screen relationships, I can’t recall it. Regardless, it’s too soon in the mourning process to speculate what happens as life goes on for those involved, let alone the characters they play. Wherever they take the Rachel character from this point forward, it will need to be handled with great sensitivity and it will take time.
What’s your take on how Glee might/should incorporate Cory’s death into the show – and how it will affect Rachel?
In other Cory-related news, have you seen this tweet by Glee showrunner, Ryan Murphy?
A talented fan made this and I thought it was really moving. pic.twitter.com/0tpA85GMhv
— Ryan Murphy (@MrRPMurphy) July 28, 2013