Ending 'Glee' Next Season Is a Good (but Sad) Decision

After the tear-filled tribute episode to Cory Monteith, creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed the show's end, which may be the best thing for the series

We've already said goodbye to actor Cory Monteith, and before too long, we'll be saying goodbye to Glee. Show creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Glee will come to an end after Season 6. Now that Monteith is gone, and Finn with him, the final season will end on a very different note.

"The whole [last] year of the show -- which will be next year -- was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story," Murphy told EW. "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."

Did you hear that? That was the sound of our hearts breaking all over again for Finn and Rachel (Lea Michele).

Actually, we're a little surprised that the show will go on for that long. Glee broke character for its recent Cory Monteith tribute episode, which was devastatingly sad. The real-life tragedy is compounded by the tragedy we saw the characters experience onscreen. How does a show rebound from something like that?

It looks like their strategy, for now, is to keep everything light. Murphy describes the next episode, "A Katy or a Gaga," as "a little more traditional" with "lots of costumes, a lot of great set pieces." Two more episodes will follow, including a Billy Joel tribute. Then the writers will go on hiatus to re-work the story, and the show will resume in spring of 2014.

We're still wondering what's going to happen to Rachel. Do audiences really want to see her move on? Would the writers dare to give her a happy ending that doesn't involve Finn?

Regardless, giving Glee an end date is the best thing Ryan Murphy could do for his fans. The format is becoming strained, with the older cast (the graduates) and younger cast (the high school students) living in two completely different worlds. The original cast stories are still the most compelling, and the longer the show lasts, the more of those actors we'll have to kiss goodbye. By declaring Season 6 the last one, Murphy may be able to convince more of them to stay. It will also be a good excuse to pull out all the stops: every last tribute episode, every wild storyline they haven't tried, can be thrown into the final season-and-a-half. Glee deserves to go out with a bang.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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