With the passing of Glee's Cory Monteith - and so also the passing of his character, Finn Hudson - showrunner, Ryan Murphy, along with fellow co-creators, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, were suddenly put in the position of having to revamp not only the entirety of season 5 but also the ending of the entire series.
In an interview with TVLine, Ryan talks again about how Cory's death impacted the course of the rest of the show - including the recent introduction of all those new kids at McKinley High, who, after the incorporation of the New York-only storylines for the remainder of season 5, we saw glimpses of only in Rachel Berry's demented dream sequence in episode 17, "Opening Night".
I’ve spoken about it before, but the big plan of what the series was going to be and how it was going to end was radically changed when Cory [Monteith] passed away. Finn was going to sort of take over the glee club and Rachel was going to be off having her New York adventures. When Cory passed away, part of the story as we had imagined it didn’t make sense anymore, really. It felt sad, to be quite honest. We collectively – Brad, Ian and myself — made a decision that the freshest thing to do was a complete, clean start. We accelerated all those New York stories, and I think that was the right choice. I think that gave the show a burst of new energy. It feels like a new show to me in that it’s much more young-adult than it’s ever been.
Ryan concludes by saying that, while Finn's - at one point - potential new glee clubbers more than likely won't be the focus of the show anymore, we will be catching up with Blake Jenner's Ryder Lynn, Melissa Benoist's Marley Rose, Jacob Artist's Jake Puckerman, Becca Tobin's Kitty Wilde, and Alex Newell's Wade "Unique" Adams before Glee comes to a close.
At some point before the show is concluded, we will definitely catch up with [Ryder, Marley, Jake, Kitty, and Unique] again. We really loved all of those actors, and they did a great service to the show. So I think at some point, before we’re done, we’ll see many of them again and find out where they are and check in with them and see how being a part of that glee club legacy affected their lives, as we do with our original characters.
What did you think of the new glee club kids, and are you excited at the possibility of seeing them again on the show before Glee ends?