Whenever you have to address a real-life tragedy on television, it can often be a difficult thing for the creative team to put together. From one vantage point, you have to be realistic, and you never want to present any sort of false hope that someone could be coming back when they aren’t. Meanwhile, you also have to realize that giving too much information could turn your show into a “ripped from a headlines” story, and be depressing for viewers looking for some sort of healing.
When you consider all of the information, this is why we feel like “Glee” and executive producer Ryan Murphy are making the right decision when it comes to how they are going to address the death of Cory Monteith on the show. Speaking to Deadline, the showrunner reveals that it is possible that they are not going to actually give the Finn Hudson character a cause of death,
“At one point, we were going to have his character die after an accidental drug overdose — that was something we had considered. But we have decided that we’re not going to have him pass from that.
“How somebody died is interesting and maybe morbid, but we say very early on in the episode, ‘This episode is about a celebration of that character’s life.’ That might be weird for some people, but it felt really exploitative to do it any other way.”
In the end, Murphy’s point is a smart one in that knowing how Finn died is not going to really be as important as the fact that he did, and the PSA’s that are going to air during this tribute episode (which is the third of the season, and will air on October 10) should serve the purpose of speaking out against the addiction that caused Cory to lose his life.