Interesting insight from Ryan Murphy about Glee, which he describes as “the best time in my life and the worst time in my life”.
When discussing the show after the death of Cory Monteith, he states “what started off as being such a great celebration of love and acceptance ultimately became about darkness and death… it was a great lesson in what not to do moving forward”.
Perhaps the closest indication yet that he had regrets about continuing the show after Monteith died?
While the first season was brilliant, the second, third and fourth seasons were very shaky with only occasional moments of excellence. But in my opinion, the final two seasons of Glee were like a sad parody of its former self.
How do we think the show should have wrapped after Monteith’s death?
I think it’s difficult because to end the show when Monteith died would have only added greater sadness to the situation, further destroying everything ‘Glee’ was about. It does seem clear however that the writers were really thrown by having to decide on a new two-season way to reach an end to the story, particularly in the first half of season 5 and in season 6 in general. However I am still thankful it continued as, not only to me was the New York only section of season 5 in my opinion one of the best string of episodes the show had, but also because even when it was at it’s worse such as in the ridiculous ‘Child Star’, Glee was always something that was a joy to watch.
To answer your question, I think they should have taken a hiatus after Monteith’s death until at least midseason. The rush into production again really damaged the storytelling aspects of the show, sans episodes 12-20 of Season 5 and the incredible ‘2009’ episode in season 6.
I think it’s difficult because to end the show when Monteith died would have only added greater sadness to the situation, further destroying everything ‘Glee’ was about.
You’re right there. Ending the show definitely wouldn’t have felt right and it’s been reported that although the option to end the show was certainly on the table, Lea Michele knocked that idea on the head. It might have been best to wait until mid-season and do a shorter fifth season and then re-assess from there.
However I am still thankful it continued as, not only to me was the New York only section of season 5 in my opinion one of the best string of episodes the show had.
I also rather enjoyed the final six episodes of season five, however it didn’t really feel like Glee. It felt like an entirely different show. The point in the series when the New York setting worked best, in my opinion, was the first half of season four when it focused on Rachel and Kurt.