The tears will be flowing in Glee's tribute episode to the late Cory Monteith. On Thursday, Oct. 10, the Fox musical series will say farewell to the 31-year-old actor and his beloved character Finn Hudson, following Monteith's tragic July 13 death.
In the preview clip for the emotional episode entitled "The Quarterback," Monteith's on-and-off-screen girlfriend Lea Michele sings a heartfelt rendition of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" while costars set up a memorial outside Finn's locker. Michele, 27, who plays Rachel Berry, is seen sobbing at the end and being comforted by Matthew Morrison's Will Schuester.
"The hardest word to say . . . is goodbye," the video flashes on screen.
Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy recently told The Wrap that the tribute episode was "incredibly difficult to work on" and the performances were real.
"Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance, because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it. I've never seen a crew where you can't continue shooting because they left the room sobbing," Murphy said. "It was very hard, and I struggled even working on it, because you're seeing what they felt about not just Finn, but Cory. So I think it's amazing performances across the board, and everybody went into it with a lot of love."
Monteith was found dead in his hotel room in Vancouver in July after overdosing on heroin and alcohol. The BC Coroners Service in Victoria, British Columbia released a final report on Oct. 2 confirming that the actor, who completed a rehab program this past spring, "had a history of illicit drug use with intermittent periods of rehabilitation and of abstinence from drugs." The reported added, "It is noted that if someone has abstained from using opioids (which include heroin) for a period of time, tolerance may be lessened."
Though FOX Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly wouldn't confirm whether Monteith's character on Glee will also die from a drug overdose, he did say in August that the episode will "deal directly with the incidents involved in Cory's passing and with the drug abuse in particular."
Murphy told The Wrap that Monteith's Glee family is still "not over" his death and "it's still very, very difficult."
Watch the emotional preview for Monteith's "The Quarterback" tribute episode above.