By Sandra Gonzalez
October 17, 2013 at 12:45 PM EDT
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Last week’s Finn/Cory Monteith farewell episode of Glee was not an easy episode for fans of the usually joy-filled show, but it certainly paid fitting tribute to the young star, who died at 31 in July, and the popular character whom he portrayed. But it also left a large, lingering question: What next?

Well, according to creator Ryan Murphy, he may have finally figured out how to adjust some major pieces of the puzzle in light of the unexpected and devastating event. “The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel-Cory/Finn story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end,” he told reporters before a Paley Center event honoring the FX network Wednesday night in Los Angeles. “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.”

Murphy said he thinks he has “a good idea” of what his adjusted end game will look like and plans to pitch it to the studio and network this month. “I think it’s very satisfactory and kind of in his honor, which I love,” he said of the new idea.

More immediately, Murphy, who is also in the middle of production on the current season of American Horror Story: Coven, said the next episodes of Glee will be “a little more traditional because [the tribute] episode was so hard on the cast,” he said. Titled “A Katy or a Gaga,” the Nov. 7 episode has “lots of costumes, a lot of great set pieces,” he added.  

While the music continues on Glee, moving on after Monteith’s death hasn’t been an easy — as one might expect. “It’s hard every day,” Murphy said.  

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