It’s official: Fox is going to shoot from the hip and keep it honest. There will be no going away to parts unknown for Finn Hudson. True to life, he will pass suddenly and the world around will be left to grieve and wonder why he was taken from this earth before he had even really begun. In a statement from Ryan Murphy via a Deadline.com interview found here, a tribute episode is being planned.
Once production resumes again in late August, as mentioned in this article, the cast will film two previously-written scripts first. This gives people a chance to get into some kind of routine and go back to earning their paychecks. Once the wheels have started turning, there will come the third episode and the world, as the cast of 'Glee' knows it, will shift irrevocably. After this point, a long break to allow for the actual grieving process will be instituted.
For those who would wonder why it was being handled this way, Mr. Murphy stresses that all possible points were covered. When all was said and done, and with express consent from Lea Michele (Monteith’s significant other half and closest cast mate), staying true to the hard facts was best. Cory is not going to be around and Finn’s story should reflect that. As a fan myself, I have to agree that this is the best course of action. In truth it’s the only way any semblance of closure is going to take place without a complete uproar from the Gleek community.