This week, the Glee cast has the terrible task of honoring late castmate Cory Monteith, who passed away in July from a drug overdose, and his character, Finn Hudson.
“The McKinley High family joins together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson,” says the YouTube description of the episode, called “The Quarterback.” The 33-second clip features Monteith’s on- and off-screen significant other, Lea Michele, singing Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.”
“The episode is called The Quarterback, and Cory really was (a quarterback) to that group of people, and to me, particularly,” Glee creator Ryan Murphy said. “He was the most kind, the most generous, never had a bad word for anybody.”
Murphy, who wrote the episode along with the series’ other executive producers, said that the cast’s performances were “amazing,” considering their grief, and that Michele had a particularly rough time.
“I’ve never seen a crew that can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing. It was very hard,” he said. “I struggled even working on it, because what you’re seeing is what they felt about not just Finn, but Cory… Everybody went into it with a lot of love.”
“I think the performances are quite stunning,” Murphy said of the cast. “Honestly, almost everything from that episode is from the first take – of every performance – because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it. But I am very proud.”
Murphy has not been specific about how Finn’s death will be explained, or if a cause will be given at all, stating that he wants the focus to be a celebration of life for the actor and his character.
“I think it turned out to be a lovely tribute, and it’s a very heartfelt look at how young people grieve. After that, we’re going to take two weeks or three weeks down to get our heads together because it’s been a really hard thing to write. We loved Cory and we loved Finn and it feels like a huge loss and a huge heartache not to have either of them around. We’re trying to craft an episode that’s not just about us grieving, but about a lot of the young fans grieving.”
“The Quarterback” will air this Thursday, Oct. 10, at 9 p.m. Eastern.
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