Dear Glee, Please Don’t Kill Finn Hudson

Cory Monteith as Finn Hudson (Source: Glee wiki)

The news of Cory Monteith’s tragic death was the last thing I read before I went to bed last night. An RIP post on Tumblr tipped me off. I Googled Cory’s name hoping to find it was a rumor or a hoax. Instead I found a full page of links confirming that this beautiful, talented man who was the same age as me had been found dead in his hotel room. I put my Heath Ledger flashbacks to rest, went to bed, and desperately hoped there was some chance I’d wake up to find out the whole thing was a rumor. Didn’t happen.

But that’s exactly the kind of thing that would happen on Glee. Glee, I don’t know how to tell you this because you apparently love making Very Special Episodes so much, but…you suck at it. You really, really suck at it. So far your numerous efforts have included a suicide episode with no suicide and a school shooting episode with no school shooting. To be fair, your heart attack episode and cancer episode did feature a real heart attack and real cancer, but the patient (the same guy? really? what did poor Burt Hummel ever do to you?) still turned out to be just fine in the end.

Glee, you cannot handle real, long-term, lasting tragedy. So please don’t try.

It’s not a bad thing. Like you’re constantly telling your characters and your audience, know who you are and embrace it. You are fun, campy, bubbly, over-the-top, ridiculous, not-remotely-reality-based escapism. That’s what I’ve always loved about you. When you play to your strengths, it’s wonderful. But when you try to be something you’re not, it’s painful for everyone. Not in the touching, poignant way you’re going for, but in a bad American Idol audition way. So, please, don’t try to deal with Cory Monteith’s death by dealing with Finn Hudson’s death. You cannot pull it off. You just can’t.

Especially after the train wreck that was Finn’s season 4 character arc. I spent the whole season trying to figure out what you were punishing Cory for. It felt like you were going out of your way to portray Finn as a loser. And you gave him such a strong send-off at the end of season 3. He set Rachel free to pursue her dreams and to explore the world outside of Lima, OH and McKinley High. He went off to do the same thing himself by following in his late father’s footsteps and joining the military. In his final moments Finn was the man he’d spent the last 3 years becoming. Even though I was a die-hard Finchel shipper, I thought that was the best ending you could’ve given them.

But, no. You had to bring Finn back just to show him as a pathetic slacker who’d gotten kicked out of the military, had no job prospects beyond those offered out of pity, tried college just to party, occasionally rejoined Rachel for weird scenes that made me wonder when he’d be wearing her face for a mask, and broke up his mentor’s impending marriage by kissing his fiancee. Please, Glee, I’m begging you, don’t let this be the way Finn’s story ends. Cory Monteith’s story was cut tragically short by terrible, self-destructive decisions. Finn Hudson’s doesn’t have to be. Give Finn the offscreen ending he deserves.

4 responses to “Dear Glee, Please Don’t Kill Finn Hudson”

  1. See, I didn’t mind having Finn portrayed as a loser in Season 4. It was a good example of real life. Not everyone succeeds. Just because he was part of the Glee club and is a good singer, does not mean his life is all set perfectly out for him, like it seemed to be for Rachel and Mercedes and Mike.
    But aside from that, I kind of want Glee to kill off Finn. It’s the only way that would make sense for the sudden loss. Saying that he moved away or something wouldn’t work because Finn wouldn’t just leave without saying goodbye. And if they kill him, off then all the characters could have a funereal and it’d be a tribute not only to Finn, but to Cory as well. It would end his storyline and be respectful too…. :S

    • I’d be in favor of something like that if they can pull it off well, and if they can handle the inevitable aftermath throughout the season. Like I said, I’m pretty skeptical in their abilities based on their past attempts at serious tragic storylines, but we’ll see. I’ll definitely still watch Season 5, and however they decide to handle this, I hope it’s done in a way that’s fair to Cory’s memory, to Finn as a character, and to the fans.

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