“The Quarterback” is the episode of “Glee” most-likely to leave you in tears, and for a pretty good reason. After all, this is the installment where real life and fiction are going to collide, and New Directions is going to have to cope with the loss of their student-turned-teacher in Cory Monteith’s Finn Hudson. The executive producers came together to work on this episode in secret, and tried to create something that was more of a celebration of the character and the actor’s life more so than something that exploited what happened to Cory or tried to deliver a heavy-handed message.
Fox today released some of the first details about the episode, entitled “The Quarterback,” which did include the following short synopsis:
“The McKinley High family, present and past, join together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson.”
The press release also confirmed that Jayma Mays (Emma), Mike O’Malley (Burt), Romy Rosemont (Carole), Mark Salling (Puck), and Harry Shum Jr. (Mike) are among the guest stars returning for the hour. There are probably a couple of other actors coming back who are not listed in the release, but for the time being, don’t expect to see either Dianna Agron (Quinn) or Heather Morris (Brittany) making an appearance.
Following this episode, production took a brief hiatus in order to figure out just where they wanted to go with the story from here. Meanwhile, the show itself will also be going on break until November, when they will resume the story of how Rachel Berry and everyone else close to Finn will move forward with their own lives.
You can preview the “Glee” premiere on Thursday night at the link here, and we will back soon with some more details on this episode as they are officially released. Given the sensitive nature of this episode, we are not going to be posting any unconfirmed rumors.