As if Glee's tribute episode to fallen star Cory Monteith wasn't emotional enough for the show's devoted fanbase, Gleeks have been struck a knockout blow: Next season will be the series' last.
Ryan Murphy, co-creator of the musical drama-comedy, confirmed that Season 6 will be the show's last. He also revealed his original plan for the show's final scene, essentially saying that Glee died with Monteith.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," he told TVLine, referring to the romance between characters of real-life partners Monteith and Lea Michele.
"I always knew how it would end," he added. "I knew what the last shot was—[Monteith] was in it. I knew what the last line was—she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do, so we're figuring that out now."
Murphy noted that the finale will honor the fallen star: "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."
Stay strong, Gleeks. We're in this together.