The two-part season premiere of Glee started and ended with feelings of positivity and upbeat music. But we all know where it’s headed next week with it’s episode “The Quarterback,” dedicated to the loss of Finn Hudson (a.k.a. Cory Monteith).
In the first promo for the show, you’ll notice a shrine built for the former captain of New Directions as emotions run high, particularly for the character’s step-brother, Kurt (Chris Colfer), and love, Rachel (Lea Michele). And we’re sure none of the tears were forced.
Show creator Ryan Murphy tells reporters, “[The episode] was very difficult to shoot. Those actors and the crew really loved Cory. They loved Cory… He was the most kind, the most generous, never a bad word for anybody. So I think what you will see in the episode is what really happened. Almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance. The actors and crew had a really hard time shooting it. I’ve never seen a crew where you can’t continue shooting it because they left the room sobbing. It was very hard. I struggled working on it because what you’re seeing is not just what people felt about Finn, but Cory.”
Real-life girlfriend Lea Michele croons Adele‘s “Make You Feel My Love” in the background of the emotional preview, leaving no room for dry eyes. Watch above if you can — though, we can’t promise that you won’t get choked up — and make sure to leave your feelings in the comments below, or on our Glee message board.
Listen to Lea Michele’s heartbreaking “Yesterday” cover on Glee here: