Full disclosure: I only watched the first two seasons of Glee. But the news of Cory Monteith's untimely death was still devastating and tragic to anyone who had once tuned in to the show. And it's sad to say, but even though I haven't seen the show in a couple of years, I'm definitely going to watch Monteith's memorial episode, slated to be the third one of the fifth season, premiering on October 10. Actress Jane Lynch recently tweeted about the episode, "Just read Cory Monteith memorial episode. Most beautiful thing. Thank you, @MrRPMurphy @BFalchuk Ian Brennan."
I can't even begin to imagine how difficult it would be to write, produce, and actually act out this episode, for all the cast and crew involved, especially Monteith's still-grieving girlfriend, Lea Michele. But it sounds like everyone involved in the show wants to do their absolute best to memorialize a star so beloved, and a lot of fans are highly anticipating how it will all come together.
Glee series creator Ryan Murphy said, "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."
Lynch, along the same lines, also said of returning to work, "Everybody had a relationship with him and we all express our grief in different ways so I'll only speak for myself .... I love him and I honor [him], and every day I go to work, I walk by his trailer and I go, 'He should be in there.'"
It must be so incredibly hard returning to work and being constantly reminded of Cory and the fact he is no longer there with them. Hopefully everyone on the show can channel their grief into their work somehow. At first reports were circulating that Cory's character, Finn, would pass away after an overdose, but Murphy says the writers have left it open to interpretation. But he also said everyone has been working tirelessly on the "lovely tribute." Reportedly, Lea Michele, who plays Rachel, doesn't appear until the final act. She will sing, too.
It's certainly easy to speculate how the show is going to treat this extremely sensitive topic, but I have all the faith in the world in the Glee cast and crew. They will give everything they can creatively to honor Monteith. In fact, one insider told E!: "You will cry from beginning to end." "I cried as I read it, on every page," says another, echoing Lynch's comments. Watching this will truly be a unifying, extremely bittersweet experience for all Glee fans. Though the episode will surely be an emotional, heartwrenching gut punch, everyone on Glee will bring their best to pay homage to a man whose life was cut way too short.
Will you tune in to the Cory Monteith memorial episode? What do you think will happen?
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