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'Glee' Finale Will Honor Cory Monteith With A Heartbreaking Flashback Scene

The last episode even made Lea Michele cry.

Next Friday (March 20), "Glee" ends -- forever. One lucky audience got to see the first half of the musical show's two-hour series finale at PaleyFest in Hollywood last night (March 13), and it looks like the story will end by going right back to the beginning with a series of flashbacks.

The final episode of the series is called "2009," the same year "Glee" premiered on Fox. And if that news wasn't already making you weepy, it'll feature a tribute to Cory Monteith, who played Finn Hudson and tragically passed away in 2013.

The show's creator Ryan Murphy always imagined that "Glee" would end with a major Finn story, so flashing back six years is one way to honor both the character and the life of the actor who played him.


“The final year of the show… was designed around Rachel and Cory/Finn’s story. I always knew that, I always knew how it would end. 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, so we’re figuring that out now,” Murphy said in 2013.

The two-hour finale will fill in the backstories of the rest of the New Directions kids, as we see what life was like for them before their first meeting in the choir room. The emotional episode will feature Lea Michele singing her very last song on the series, and Gleeks, be prepared for tears. The song is called "This Time," and it was written by her fellow New Directioner Darren Criss. Apparently, Michele fell to her knees and cried while shooting the finale. We can't say we blame her.