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After a fun and joyous end to a two-week Beatles extravaganza on Glee, the mood is about to turn somber as a title, a brief promo and a song list have been released for next week's Cory Monteith tribute episode (October 10 at 9 p.m. ET on FOX). And in just a 30-second promo, fans around the world were left with tears streaming down their face.
The episode will unfold in the immediate aftermath of Finn Hudson's sudden death, though the reason for his passing will not be explained. Instead, "The Quarterback" will focus on the members of the New Directions as they return to McKinley High School to grieve for their lost friend.
Watching the promo was even more heartbreaking for fans as it showed Blaine (Darren Criss) visiting a memorial at his friend's locker in the hallways of McKinley lined with messages, drumsticks and a football, Kurt (Chris Colfer) cradling himself in his stepbrother's letterman jacket, and Mr. Schue (Matthew Morrison) comforting a devastated Rachel (Lea Michele) over her lost love. The hardest part about seeing this teaser is how you can't help but realize that we are watching the real emotions and tears of these actors losing their friend/boyfriend -- not performers acting out a scene.
See the heartbreaking promo below:
"I've never seen a crew that you can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing," creator Ryan Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter about filming the episode. "It was very hard. I struggled even working on it because what you're seeing is what they felt not just about Finn but Cory. It's amazing performances across the board and everybody went into it with a lot of love."
That's Michele's chilling voice in the promo, singing Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" (which she performs when she appears in the episode's final segment). "It was very rough, and it was very rough with Lea," Murphy said. "I'm very proud of it. I think the performances are quite stunning. It was tricky. You had to have a hard eye when you were putting it together. People still are not over it and it's still very difficult."
Just a glance at the rest of the track listing confirms this.
"Seasons of Love," Rent
"I'll Stand by You," The Pretenders (which Amber Riley's Mercedes sings)
"If I Die Young," The Band Perry (which Naya Rivera's Santana sings)
"Fire and Rain," James Taylor
"No Surrender," Bruce Springsteen
Glee fans are already reacting to the promo with anguish. Here's one typical tweet filled with emotion over the upcoming episode:
Of course, when words fail, music can step in to express emotion. And Glee is just the show to pull this off.
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