Cory Monteith’s ‘Glee’ tribute episode: What we know
The cast of ‘Glee’ are set to farewell their beloved cast member Cory Monteith in an emotional tribute set to air in the US this Thursday.
While little is known about the episode, a list of songs has been released which all reflect the mournful tone of the storyline. According to MTV News, Naya Rivera will be covering The Band Perry’s ‘If I Die Young,’ while Cory’s real-life and on-screen girlfriend Lea Michele will perform Bob Dylan’s track ‘Make You Feel My Love.’
Originally, it was planned that the episode would deal directly with drug abuse after it was confirmed that the 31-year-old died of mixed drug toxicity, but the show’s creator, Ryan Murphy, later changed his mind revealing that “what we’re doing in the episode is we are not telling you yet, or maybe not at all, how that character died.”
Murphy did confirm that the episode would be titled, ‘The Quarterback,’ and would reflect the actor’s own role among the cast.
“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,” said Murphy.
“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.”
But as well as saying goodbye to a beloved character, Murphy also hopes that the episode will celebrate the strength of friendship.
“It was very difficult to shoot, and it was very difficult to edit. I only got through two tries,” Murphy told E! News.
“But it was done with a really pure feeling of love for him and I think that's what that episode is about; treasure your friendships when you have them because one day they're not going to be there. And for young people in particular, I think that's a really sweet, kind message.”