Some of Glee ‘s hard-hitting storylines eerily foreshadowed the tragic lives of its stars.
While the musical show, which followed a high school glee club, was fun and light-hearted on the surface, it actually dealt with some difficult subjects throughout its six seasons.
From drug use to suicide, sexuality to bullying, and alcohol abuse to cancer, the show detailed many things that can impact the lives of high school kids.
But some of the things that happened to characters Finn Hudson and Noah ‘Puck’ Puckerman strangely foreshadowed events that would later happen in the actor’s real lives.
The show has been called ‘cursed’ in the past, due to the horrific things that happened to its stars or that its stars did.
The first strange foreshadowing comes in season two, episode 15, entitled ‘Sexy’.
The episode, originally aired in March 2011, sees substitute teacher Holy Holliday (Gwyneth Paltrow) return to McKinley High to cover sex education classes.
She discovers that pupils Puck and Lauren (Ashley Fink) are planning to make a sex tape to make Lauren famous.
Holly tells them: “You do realise that making a sex tape will make you both guilty of creating and owning child pornography?”
In real life, in 2015, Salling was arrested on suspicion of possessing several thousand images of child sex abuse, following a tip-off to police by one of his ex-girlfriends.
A search warrant found more than 50,000 images downloaded onto his computer and USB flash drives.
He pleaded guilty in court in September 2017 and was expected to serve between four and seven years in jail.
He was also told he had to register as a sex offender and enter a treatment programme, among other conditions.
However, while he was awaiting sentencing, Salling was found dead by suicide near his home in Los Angeles.
He had killed himself by hanging. He was 35.
In season three, episode 12, entitled ‘The Spanish Teacher’, glee club leader and teacher Will Schuester (Matthew Morrison) kicks off the weekly lesson by writing “2030” on his chalk board.
Mr Schue, as he was affectionately called by his students, asks the glee kids where they think they’ll be in the year 2030.
Puck says he thinks he’ll be “in jail, or dead, or both”.
Later, in the fourteenth episode of series three, called ‘On My Way’, glee club the New Directions deal with the attempted suicide of character Dave Karofsky (Max Adler).
Mr Schue tells the class, including Puck, to remember all the amazing experiences they have ahead of them, no matter how hard times get.
In episode 11 of season four, entitled ‘Sadie Hawkins’, Puck, who has now graduated high school and is aged 19, is asked out by student Kitty (Becca Tobin).
He asks her: “Aren’t you underage?”
The cheerleader tells Puck she has a fake ID, and he responds: “Good enough for me.”
Monteith’s tragic death was strangely foreshadowed by Glee.
In March 2013, the actor’s publicist announced that he had admitted himself into a treatment facility for substance abuse.
He had received treatment before, at the age of 19, and had a history of drug abuse that began when he was around the age of 13.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy said that Monteith’s rehab admission in 2013 was the result of an emergency intervention on the set of the show.
Murphy and other members of the Glee cast and crew urged Monteith to get help and accompany doctors to the rehab facility that had been arrange for him by the show.
He agreed and his character Finn was written out of the last two episodes of season four. He was reassured he’d have a job when he returned.
It was reported in April 2013 that he had completed his teatment.
But tragically, just a few months later in July 2013, Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver.
He died from an accidental overdose of heroin, and also had alcohol, codeine and morphine in his system. He was aged 31.
In season three, episode 10 of Glee, entitled ‘Yes/No’, Finn discovers that his dad died of a drug overdose, after years of believing his soldier father had died a war hero.
As Finn debates signing up for the army, his heartbroken mother reveals the truth about his father’s untimely death and tells Finn she fears the same thing could happen to him.
While it isn’t a foreshadowing, Monteith’s tragic death was dealt with on the show in season five, episode three, ‘The Quarterback’.
After his death, Murphy held a celebration of life for the star.
And after consulting with his real-life girlfriend Lea Michele, who also played his love interest Rachel Berry in the show, production of the fifth season was postponed.
When it returned, Finn was killed off in the third episode, which served as a tribute to both his character and the actor, and also gave fans a chance to say goodbye.
Finn’s cause of death was never disclosed, and characters continued to talk about him throughout the rest of the series.
Flashback clips of him were used regularly on the show and a special in memoriam plaque was installed for him in the choir room.
It included a picture of Finn, the fictional years of his birth and death, and a quote: “The show must go… all over the place… or something.”
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