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When Glee’s leading man Cory Monteith passed away suddenly on July 13, the show immediately began planning an episode dedicated to him, and to his character, beloved football jock Finn Hudson.

On Thursday, October 10, we finally get the chance to watch this highly emotional episode. Glee Season 5, Episode 3: “The Quarterback” will give fans one last chance to say goodbye to both Finn and Cory. We here at Wetpaint Entertainment have been keeping up with all the news and spoilers about the episode. Many of the details have been kept under wraps, but here’s your roundup of everything we know about it.

THE BASICS

Official synopsis: “The McKinley High family, present and past, join together to remember and celebrate the life of Finn Hudson.”

When will it air? Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 9 p.m. on FOX.

Will Finn Hudson die? Yes. Glee creator Ryan Murphy confirms that Cory’s character will pass away.

Cory died of a drug overdose. Will Finn’s death be handled the same way? Fox president Kevin Reilly says that Finn’s death will “deal directly with drug abuse,” but creator Ryan Murphy later clarified that Finn will not die of a drug overdose. The show wants to bring awareness to the issues that led to Cory’s passing, though, so drugs might still factor into the storyline in some way. However, Finn’s cause of death will be intentionally left vague. If we do find out exactly how he died, it won’t be until later.

Will there be anti-drug PSAs? Yes. Glee creator Ryan Murphy, as well as a number of Glee actors, will all film drug-related PSAs to air alongside the episode.

When did it film? Filming started around August 16, about a month after Cory passed away.

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How closely was Lea involved? According to Showbiz Spy, Lea played an important role in the planning and creation of the tribute for to her late boyfriend. "But most of all, Glee’s creative team is looking to Lea to give the final word on decisions that are being made,” a source told the site. “The meetings are lengthy and Lea is a part of them to make sure everything is just right."

Which graduated Glee characters are coming back? Amber Riley (Mercedes Jones), Harry Shum Jr. (Mike Chang), Mark Salling (Puck) will all be back, while Heather Morris (Brittany) and Dianna Agron (Quinn Fabray) won’t be there. Heather was heavily pregnant during the time of filming. Dianna has said that the show did not ask her back.

In addition, Jayma Mays (Emma Pillsbury),  Dot-Marie Jones (Coach Bieste), Finn's mother Romy Rosemont (Carole Hudson-Hummel) and stepfather Mike O'Malley (Burt Hummel) will all be a part of the episode.

Once it airs, how long is Glee going on break? After filming wrapped, the cast and crew took a two-week break from filming to rest and emotionally recharge. This time also gave Glee’s writer a chance to figure out what direction to take the rest of the season now that Finn can no longer be a part of it. Episodes are expected to resume on November 7, 2013.

SPOILERS

Cory Monteith Tribute “Gut-wrenching” — But How Big’s Lea Michele Role?

Rachel Berry won’t appear until the final act of the show. But when she does, her role will be extremely powerful.

Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Spoilers: How Will People Cope With Finn’s Death?

The reactions will be varied, but some characters will be in denial about everything, unwilling to accept the truth that Finn Hudson really is gone.

Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute: Ryan Murphy Tweets First Look Photo

"The hardest word to say," the caption reads, "is goodbye."

Glee Promo: Cory Monteith Tribute — In-Depth Analysis of “The Quarterback

We're breaking the promo down, second by second, in search of clues for what to expect.

MUSIC

Glee Music! First Listen: All Cory Monteith Tribute Songs — Season 5, Episode 3 "The Quarterback"

- The Band Perry’s “If I Die Young,” performed by Santana (Naya Riveralisten here!

- The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You,” performed by Mercedes (Amber Riley— listen here!

- Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender," performed by Puck (Mark Salling) — listen here! 

- “Seasons of Love” from RENT, performed by the New Directions — listen here!

- James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” performed by the New Directions — listen here!

- Adele's "Make You Feel My Love," performed by Rachel (Lea Michele) — listen here!

Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute: What Is Mercedes’ Tearjerking Song?

It’s OK, Amber. We probably would have broken down and cried while singing this song, too.

Glee Season 5 Spoiler: Is This Santana’s Cory Monteith Tribute Song? (PHOTO)

Because it looks like it’s going to be the saddest thing ever. Well, almost. We don’t even want to think about Rachel’s song. It’s still being kept under wraps, which means the entire performance is likely extremely emotional to watch. We’ll start mentally preparing ourselves now.




Beth Douglass is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. She's our resident Glee expert and loves celebrity kids. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!