GLEE Storyline will Struggle with Loss of Monteith's 'Finn' Throughout Season
This Thursday, FOX's Glee will pay tribute to fallen cast member Cory Monteith in a special episode titled 'The Quarterback.' The storyline will center on the news that Monteith's chararcter, former McKinley High star football player has passed away.
GLEE co-creator and writer Ryan Murphy has now revealed that Thursday night's episode will not be the last time that Finn's passing will be dealt with during the current fifth season of the musical drama.
"She struggles with [the loss] all season," he says of Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry. "It's not just done, buried and goodbye."
Murphy also shares that Michele played an intricate part in creating the homage to her real-life boyfriend Monteith.
"She was actually deeply in it [on set] - her story kicks in during the last half. It was very brave of her to do, because there were some cast members, who we won't name, who didn't want to do a grief episode, didn't want to do a memorial episode. So, Lea really put herself in the bottom of the heap and soldiered on."
Michele will sing her own version of "Make You Feel My Love" in the episode, a tune that she herself selected for her character. "It was a very personal one for her and Cory. She's ultimately the person who approved and chose that song. She wanted to do something personal. I don't think she'll ever share why she chose that song. It was very sad; everybody was wrecked. It was really hard."
Tune in to Glee this Thursday, October 10th for the special tribute episode.