Today, August 23, Glee began filming for it’s much talked about and highly emotional Season 5, Episode 3: a tribute to late star Cory Monteith (Finn). News broke today that Cory’s girlfriend, Lea Michele (Rachel), won’t appear until the final act of the episode — a small, but reportedly very powerful role — and now Lea has shared a touching first look at her character from the episode.

Lea tweeted a photo of Rachel’s costume for the Cory tribute, zoomed in her delicate silver necklace. Instead of the familiar “Rachel” necklace she sported in Season 4, the former glee club lead now wears the name “Finn” in simple cursive letters around her neck.

Not only is this necklace a constant reminder to Rachel of the love of her life gone too soon, but mirrors Lea and Cory’s real-life romance, as well. Lea often wore a very similar necklace with Cory’s name written in cursive letters, and she’s worn that necklace close to her heart many times since news broke of Cory’s tragic passing on July 13. It seems only fitting that Rachel Berry would do something similar.

Though Finn will die in the tribute episode, the exact circumstances surrounding his passing will be left unclear. One source who had red the script told E! that the tribute is “gut-wrenching” but also “so, so good.” We’re starting to stock up on tissues already.

Source: Lea Michele on Twitter

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+!