The fifth season of "Glee" may have only premiered just weeks ago, but show creator Ryan Murphy already has its season six series finale in mind.
Murphy has confirmed to TV Line that the show will end its successful run after season six, which it was renewed earlier this year. He notes that he's had to rethink how he wants to end the Fox series after Cory Monteith died, since Monteith's character, Finn Hudson, was expected to play a major role in its conclusion.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," he said. "I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. I knew what the last shot was, he 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 added, "I have a good idea. 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."
The show paid tribute to Monteith and Finn last week during the goodbye episode titled "The Quarterback" and will be on hiatus due to baseball playoffs until November 7.
When the show returns, it will welcome Adam Lambert to the mix and Demi Lovato will be back for more action in the episode titled "A Katy or a Gaga." And while Finn won't appear anymore, Murphy has made it clear he will still play a part on the show.
"I just made a decision that we keep mentioning Finn," Murphy said. "We don't just say this is done and we're never going to go back to it, so that resonates throughout the year." He added that the next step is to have "some fun and go back to some optimistic stories."