Glee released its promo for next week's Cory Monteith tribute, and it's guaranteed to make your eyes tear up. "The Quarterback," the third episode of Season 5, will kill off Monteith's character, Finn Hudson.
"[The episode] was very difficult to shoot," Glee creator Ryan Murphy said. "Those actors and the crew really loved Cory. They loved Cory. ... He was the most kind, the most generous, never a bad word for anybody. So I think what you will see in the episode is what really happened. Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance. The actors and crew had a really hard time shooting it. I've never seen a crew where you can't continue shooting it because they left the room sobbing. It was very hard. I struggled working on it because what you're seeing is not just what people felt about Finn but Cory."
But it's not just the song that makes this Glee promo heartbreaking. There are plenty of devastating images throughout the commercial, including Kurt (Chris Colfer) crying into Finn's football jacket. Many of Finn's former classmates also set up a vigil at his old locker. The video concludes with Michele's character, Rachel Berry, crying into teacher Will's (Matthew Morrison) arms. Rachel and Finn also dated on Glee, though they broke up at the start of Season 4.
The end of the trailer is particularly heartbreaking because it contrasts how Rachel felt at the end of this week's episode of Glee. [SPOILER ALERT] The aspiring singer/actress found out that she won the lead role in the Broadway production of Funny Girl, and she had never looked happier. Yet it was hard to enjoy the scene knowing how devastated Michele must have been while filming it.
Watch the trailer for Glee's Cory Monteith tribute below.
Cory Monteith was found dead in his hotel room on July 13. Earlier this week, the coroner concluded that he died of mixed drug toxicity after combining alcohol and heroin. First responders found drug paraphernalia and two empty champagne bottles near Monteith's body.
Monteith struggled with substance abuse in the past and had just gotten out of rehab a few months before he died. The coroner thinks this may have indirectly led to the actor's death, as his tolerance for drugs likely decreased after he got sober.
"The Quarterback" airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.