Co-creator Ryan Murphy announced Oct. 16 at a Paley Center event, honoring FX Networks, that the show's next season will be its last and that the sudden death of Cory Monteith has forced him to plan a new ending to the series.
"The final year of the show, which will be next year, was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story," Murphy told reporters at the Oct. 16 event. "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.
"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 Oct. 10 episode, entitled "The Quarterback," celebrated the life of Monteith. Click here for highlights from that episode.