Creator Ryan Murphy has confirmed that the next season of Glee will be the show's last. "The whole [last] year of the show — which will be next year — was really designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn's story. I always knew that. I always knew how it would end," Murphy said at an FX event at the Paley Center this week. Murphy went on to tell reporters that Cory Monteith's death in July means more to the show's story than just dedicating a tribute episode to Finn Hudson: "I knew what the last shot was — he was in it. I knew what the last line was; she said it to him. So when a tragedy like that happens, you sort of have to pause and figure out what you want to do." Though Murphy didn't mention how exactly his plans have changed for the series finale, he did say, "I think it's very satisfactory and kind of in his honor, which I love."
Glee aired its tribute to Cory Monteith this week, and the episode isn't short on emotional moments, especially during the characters' tearful performances dedicated to the memory of their late costar. Rachel's (Lea Michele) rendition of "Make You Feel My Love" is especially heartbreaking, given that Monteith was her love interest both on and off screen. In case you didn't watch "The Quarterback," here are all the performances from the episode.
Watch "Seasons of Love" and the rest of the songs after the jump.
Glee fans were given a very emotional farewell for Cory Monteith's character, Finn, on Thursday night. Tears were shed, and memories were shared. We have the most memorable moments, plus the cast's reactions to this special episode.
Glee's tribute to late cast member Cory Monteith aired this week, inspiring both heartfelt tears and wonderful memories of the gone-but-never-forgotten Finn Hudson. "The Quarterback" doesn't explain how Finn dies, but as Kurt notes, "Everyone wants to talk about how he died, but who cares?" Instead, we pick up three weeks after his funeral as the old gang returns to Lima to pay tribute to their former glee club leader. All the current cast members are present, but I appreciate that the episode really focuses on the characters that grew up on the show with Finn, like Kurt, Mercedes, Santana, Puck, and, of course, Rachel.
We've seen characters die on television before, but this is a very special and raw episode, because not only are the characters mourning their peer, the actors are really coping with the death of their friend. Finn's presence is everywhere, from his letterman jacket to his memorial in McKinley High's hallway to all the songs dedicated to his memory. It made me remember the good times, the bad times, and everything in between, and though it did make me cry — a lot — I think "The Quarterback" provides a great deal of closure on Finn's, and Monteith's, passing. Let's take a minute to talk about the most heartbreaking moments of an intensely emotional episode after the jump.
Glee honored its former cast member, the late Cory Monteith, this week in a tribute episode titled, "The Quarterback." The emotionally charged episode deals with Monteith's passing as Finn's former classmates, including Kurt and Rachel, return to McKinley High to remember and celebrate their old glee club leader.
Cory Monteith's untimely death in July was devastating and shocking, especially for Glee fans, who have watched Monteith break out as character Finn Hudson. We've watched Finn go from singing football player to teacher and college student, and unfortunately we won't get to see the rest of the character's evolution. It's a tough realization, but in anticipation of tonight's Glee tribute to Monteith, we're looking back at his most memorable moments on the musical show, starting with that unforgettable performance of "Don't Stop Believin'."
The pilot performance of "Don't Stop Believin'": where it all began.
See the rest of Monteith's most memorable moments after the jump.
Tonight is Glee's tribute to Cory Monteith, the episode in which his beloved character Finn will die, and last week we got to see the heartbreaking preview, which featured Lea Michele singing "Make You Feel My Love." Fox has released the whole song of her rendition, and it's beautiful, even without the emotional footage to accompany it. Not only that, we also have the rest of the songs from the episode too, like "Seasons of Love," "I'll Stand By You," and "Fire and Rain."
Listen to all the songs from the tribute episode after the break.
Lea Michele has made sure to keep the memory of her onscreen love and real-life boyfriend Cory Monteith close, and now she has opened up about his death in a recent Glee panel in LA. It's the first time that the actress has spoken out about Cory in an interview format since he passed away in July. She did, however, remember Cory in an emotional and touching speech at this year's Teen Choice Awards and has taken to social media to thank her fans for their support during the difficult Summer. During Tuesday's event, Lea addressed Cory's death while speaking to TV Week Australia, saying, "I feel like, for me personally, I've lost two people: Cory and Finn." She went on say that "there was no greater man" than her late love, adding, "I really woke up every single day feeling like I was being in some sort of spell or something, that I was lucky enough to have him in my life. For the time we spent together I consider myself very lucky."
After Cory's tragic death, many Glee fans wondered if Lea would quit the show and if production would even be able to continue without two of their biggest characters. Lea explained, "Everyone is asking, 'Is it hard to do this? Is it hard to be back at work?' But the truth is, it's no harder at work than it is in life, so we might as well all be together as a family supporting each other to get through this together. We had a beautiful memorial for Cory in the auditorium and some of the cast members sang and people spoke about him. It only felt right that we would do the same thing for Finn, so I felt it was very therapeutic."
About filming the show's special tribute episode, which airs on Fox this Thursday, Oct. 10, Lea's Glee costar Matthew Morrison revealed that he was blown away by her performance of the Bob Dylan song "Make You Feel My Love," saying, "She had one of the first songs we filmed for the episode and she did it so beautifully." Matthew also explained that the cast "knew we had to show up because our leader stepped forward and kind of gave permission to all of us to do it." Lea chimed in, saying that the tribute show is "perfect."