We love Glee.
Not just the show, but the emotion, the feeling that this show was named after. That sense of pure joy and gladness to be doing something you love or to be near someone you love. That urge to smile or to laugh or breathe happiness into your lungs. That's Glee…
And that was Cory Monteith.
It's been nearly three months since his passing, but not a single person who calls themselves Gleek has forgotten him, or stopped missing him. Life has gone on, but the grief felt by the community that let Frankenteen into their hearts lingers. And while watching last night's tribute to Cory's counterpart Finn Hudson was hard for many, it also served as a beautiful reminder of the wonderful person Cory was…
And how strong of a person Lea Michele truly is.
It was a tricky thing to accomplish for Ryan Murphy and Co. Finding a way to respectfully and dutifully pay tribute to a beloved TV character while also navigating the private grief of the cast and crew who loved the man who played the character must've seemed an impossible task. But the episode not only came together beautifully, it also served as a much needed release for everyone still mourning.
Whether you're still picking up tissues around your bed or you just couldn't bring yourself to watch last night's tribute, we've put together a recap for the memorial capturing the highlights. But in truth, we know we could never do the episode justice. We could never convey the poignancy and the spirit of Finn that it so perfectly captured. It truly was a fitting send off to a character and person who can never be replaced. And while it was undoubtedly the toughest episodes of Glee ever to sit through, it was arguably the most powerful and the most beautiful.