Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the "happily ever after" Rachel described in Glee's tribute to Cory Monteith was originally more than just a fantasy: It was how he planned to end the Fox musical before Monteith's untimely death.
"The ending of Glee is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it. I've always relied on it as a source of comfort, a North Star," Murphy said during his eulogy at a private memorial service in July for Monteith, printed by Entertainment Weekly.
"At the end of season 6, Lea [Michele]'s Rachel was going to have become a big Broadway star, the role she was born to play," Murphy continued. "Finn [Monteith] was going to have become a teacher, settled down happily in Ohio, at peace with his choice and no longer feeling like a Lima loser. The very last line of dialogue was to be this: Rachel comes back to Ohio, fulfilled and yet not, and walks into Finn's glee club. 'What are you doing here?' he would ask. 'I'm home,' she would reply. Fade out. The end."
Michele, who dated Monteith until his overdose on heroin and alcohol in July, described this exact scenario in her tearful monologue during the tribute episode "The Quarterback."
In October, Murphy, who has said that Season 6 will be the show's last, revealed that he has a "good idea" of a new way to end the series that will also honor Monteith and Finn.