Pass the Tissues! 'Glee' Previews the Cory Monteith Tribute Episode

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Yes, even the trailer will make you cry.

Fox has released a teaser for the "Glee" episode fans have both looked forward to and dreaded at the same time, the one where the show bids adieu to Finn Hudson, aka star Cory Monteith.

The tribute episode is set to air next Thursday as the series' third episode of its fifth season. In this first preview, Finn's friends — including Rachel, Mr. Schu, and his stepbrother, Kurt — mourn his death and place tributes at his locker, while Lea Michele's heart wrenching cover of the Bob Dylan-penned "Make You Feel My Love" plays throughout.

"The episode is called 'The Quarterback,' and you know Cory really was that, to that group of people and to me particularly," "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy told reporters at a "American Horror Story: Coven" screening and Q&A event Thursday. "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. And Cory, obviously, very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that's why everybody loved him. He was the most kind, the most generous — never a bad word for anybody."

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Michele, of course, was Monteith's real-life girlfriend until his July 13 accidental overdose death, while her "Glee" character, Rachel Berry, was Finn's fiancée at one time on the series. "Glee" alumni making guest appearances in the episode include Amber Riley, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., and Mike O'Malley as Finn's stepdad, Burt. Murphy said several former "Glee" stars, including Iqbal Theba, who played Principal Figgins, contacted him about appearing in the episode, even though they're no longer under contract.

The episode, which was written by "Glee" creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, reportedly opens with Finn having already died. His death will not mirror that of Monteith's.  

"What we'll see in the episode is what really happened ... those performances that you'll see, almost everything in that episode is from the first take of every performance," Murphy said. "The actors and the crew had a really hard time shooting it. I've never seen a crew that you can't continue shooting because they've left the room sobbing. It was very hard."

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Murphy continued, "I struggled even working on it, because what you're seeing is what they felt about not just Finn, but Cory, so I think it's amazing performances across the board, and everybody went into it with a lot of love.

"It was rough. 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."

After "The Quarterback," an understandably difficult installment for the cast and crew to film, "Glee" will go on a brief hiatus and return with a new episode — "A Katy or a Gaga" — on Nov. 7, after Fox's coverage of MLB wraps. 

"Glee" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox.