“The episode is called ‘The Quarterback,’ and Cory really was that to that group of people — and to me particularly,” said Murphy. “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.”
He added: “Cory obviously very much struggled with it, but never on the surface, and I think that’s why everybody loved him,” he added. “He was the most kind, the most generous — never a bad word for anybody.”
Monteith’s character Finn Hudson was written out of the first two episodes of “Glee’s” fifth season, which served as two-part tributes to The Beatles.
“What you will see in the episode is what really happened,” Murphy said of the episode. “Brad [Falchuk] and Ian [Brennan] and I wrote that episode and Brad directed it, and those performances that you’ll see, 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.”
Monteith died unexpectedly on July 31, to a lethal mix of alcohol and heroin. Having just completed a stint in rehab, the news was a shock to his fans and colleagues.
“I’ve never seen a crew that you can’t continue shooting because they’ve left the room sobbing. It was very hard,” Murphy said of filming the emotional episode. “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. What I loved about it is when you write something like that, there’s no right way to do it.”
“Glee’s” tribute to Cory Monteith will air on October 10 at 9pm on Fox. Watch a promo for the episode below.