Cory Monteith’s ‘Glee’ Tribute: Everything We Know So Far

MTV News takes a look at what we know about Thursday's emotional tribute to Monteith.

It’s not easy to say goodbye, but the cast of “Glee” will try their best on Thursday when they pay tribute to character Finn Hudson. This week’s episode will pay homage to actor Cory Monteith , who played Finn for four seasons on the show before he died on July 13 at the age of 31.

Little is known about how the episode will unfold, but show creator Ryan Murphy has been vocal about how difficult it has been to work on it. Ahead of the airing, MTV News has rounded up what we know about the tribute episode so far.

The Premise
Originally it was planned that the episode would deal “directly” with drug abuse after it was confirmed that Monteith died of a mixed drug toxicity involving drugs and alcohol. But, Murphy later changed his mind , noting that “what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died.”

The Quarterback
While Finn was on McKinley High’s football team on the show, Murphy noted that the episode’s title, “The Quarterback,” also reflects the actor’s own role among the cast. “The episode is called ’The Quarterback,’ and Cory really was that to that group of people and to me particularly,” Murphy said. “That group of kids particularly went through the limelight and became world famous at a very difficult age, and many of them really struggled with it … Cory obviously very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that’s why everybody loved him. He was the most kind, the most generous — never a bad word for anybody.”

It’s an emotion that Naya Rivera shared with MTV News back in August when she shared “he was an amazing guy and I definitely miss him.”

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