Kurt sobs while wearing what looks like Finn's football team jacket, and Rachel cries in the arms of Mr. Schue.
"Glee" stars' true emotion of losing their beloved cast mate Cory Monteith is very well captured in a preview for next week's episode, which is dedicated as a tribute to the late actor. Set to Lea Michele's (Rachel) rendition of "Make You Feel My Love", the promo sees the characters mourning the death of Monteith's Finn Hudson.
In the episode titled "The Quarterback", former members of New Directions return to McKinley to remember their fallen friend. While a stoic Mr. Schue encourages all the gleeks to "memorialize him the way we do everything - by singing about it," some of the kids find the exercise more cathartic than others. At the Hudson-Hummel home, Kurt, Burt and Carole sort through Finn's belongings and what begins as a somber occasion blossoms into a poignant and much needed family moment.
Meanwhile, Emma grows concerned when she believes Will is so busy taking care of others that he's not allowing himself time to grieve; Santana struggles with using her "b***h" mask to hide her fond feelings for Finn, and has a run in with Bree, McKinley's "New Santana"; and following a heart-to-heart with Coach Beiste, Puck honors Finn's memory by making a life-changing decision about his future.
Series creator Ryan Murphy recently opened up about the making of the emotional episode, saying it was "incredibly difficult to work on" and "very difficult to shoot." He said at the screening of "American Horror Story: Coven", "The episode is called 'The Quarterback', and Cory really was that to that group of people - and to me particularly. 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."
"Cory obviously very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that's why everybody loved him," Murphy continued. "He was the most kind, the most generous - never a bad word for anybody."
He went on sharing, "What you will see in the episode is what really happened. Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance... because the actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it. Everyone went into it with a lot of love."
The Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson farewell episode will air Thursday, October 10 at 9/8c on FOX.