Ryan Murphy (left) and Cory Monteith
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12/24/2013 at 11:15 AM EST
co-creator Ryan Murphy always had a vision for how the groundbreaking FOX show would end, but when Cory Monteith died in July
, that vision died with him.
Murphy revealed that ending to those close to the star when he eulogized Monteith at a private memorial service shortly after his death.
Now, five months after Monteith died from a heroin and alcohol overdose
, he also shares it with the world.
"The ending of Glee
is something I have never shared with anyone, but I always knew it," Murphy discloses in an excerpt of the eulogy
just published in 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. Finn 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."
Murphy had mapped it out so clearly that he even had the last line of dialogue written in his head: "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."
It appears a fitting end for Monteith's Finn, who was frequently described as a sensitive and loving presence
on and off-set. Plus, it allowed the show to come full circle, as Murphy recalls Monteith demonstrated his best traits when the cameras first starting rolling.
"The first scene of the pilot was Cory's Finn and Matt [Morrison]'s Mr. Schu. None of us really knew what we were doing," he explains. "At the end of his first take, Cory could see I, his director, was a little unsure. He came up to me with a big grin and said, 'This is going to be fun.' He was terribly right, and terribly wrong."