The hardest word to say is goodbye in first trailer for Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute episode

Lea Michele sings Adele's Make You Feel My Love over the first footage released from the cast's memorial for Finn Hudson

An emotional first trailer has been released for the Glee cast’s tribute to their late co-star, Cory Monteith.


With Monteith’s girlfriend, Lea Michele, singing Adele’s Make You Feel My Love in the background, the 30-second teaser sees the cast gathering around the collection of flowers, candles and photographs that surround his character, Finn Hudson’s, locker at fictional McKinley High School.

Amongst the mourners are Santana (Naya Rivera), Blaine (Darren Kriss) and Kurt (Chris Colfer) who is seen sobbing as he wraps himself in Finn’s letterman jacket. The first footage of the episode also shows a glimpse of Michele playing Rachel Berry as she shares a tearful embrace with teacher Mr Schuster (Matthew Morrison).

Monteith was found dead in his Vancouver hotel room on 13 July after years spent battling drug addiction. The coroner’s report confirmed yesterday that the 31-year-old had met with an “accidental death” after using intravenous heroin combined with alcohol.

Glee showrunner Ryan Murphy has spoken out about how “difficult” it was to film the tribute episode which he penned with his co-creators Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. 

“I locked [the episode] today. It was incredibly difficult to work on. It was very difficult to shoot,” he said. “I mean, the interesting thing about that show is that those actors and the creators really, really loved Cory. The episode is called The Quarterback, and you know Cory really was that, to that group of people and to me particularly. There was nobody on that crew that did not like Cory.”

Ryan went on to recall the difficulties he faced balancing the show’s shooting schedule with the cast and crew’s own grief. “I’ve never seen a crew that you can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing… It was very rough. It was very rough with Lea Michele… but I’m very proud of it. I think the performances are quite stunning. People still are not over it. It’s still very, very difficult.”

Along with the show’s series regulars, former cast members Amber Riley (Mercedes), Harry Shum Jr (Mike Chang), Mark Salling (Puck) and Jayma Mays (Emma) will return for the episode which airs in America on Thursday 10 October before showing on Sky1 on 18 October.