Glee’s last ever episode will see New Directions go back to the beginning.
Titled 2009, the series finale will jump back in time to give fans a look at how the Glee club really came together – and to give them another chance to honour the late Cory Monteith.
Monteith, who played original New Direction-er Finn Hudson, passed away in July 2013 after an accidental overdose. Finn has since died off-screen, but Glee’s final foray will give fans another glimpse of the much-loved character.
“Footage of Monteith is included,” reveals Entertainment Weekly, adding that it is “used sparingly, as the hour aims to tell the story prior to the creation of New Directions.”
The episode, which sees the club members ponder whether Finn is just another bully like the rest of the jocks, before voting unanimously to keep him in the group, promises to be an emotional one.
“I cried the whole week. I was a mess,” Lea Michele – Monteith’s co-star and long-term girlfriend – told crowds at media convention PaleyFest this weekend. “That was the day I fell to my knees and cried. I literally had to call my mother to come. It was the most special day.”
“I got to say everything to everyone here and everyone who will watch it that I wanted to say, but you can’t think of the words, and he wrote them,” she added, talking about her final solo performance, a song called This Time, written by Darren Criss.
Michele also revealed that the show’s final scene will see Matt Morrison’s Will Schuester sing a song for the original members of the Glee Club.