Saddest Character Death
Like yesterday’s post, this was almost too easy. When I was first reading the list a few weeks ago, this one popped into my mind almost immediately.
Glee – Season 5, Episode 3 – “The Quarterback”
Saying goodbye to Finn Hudson, and honoring Cory Monteith, who played Finn.
Cory died on July 13, 2013, as a result of an overdose of alcohol and heroin in a Vancouver, British Columbia hotel room.
I still remember getting the CNN News Alert on my iPhone. I had to read it twice, and then I burst into tears. It was all over Facebook. Someone else tagged me in a link to one of the articles, and I just remember feeling incredibly sad for his family, Lea Michele (who played Rachel Berry, Finn’s girlfriend, on-screen, and was also Cory’s real-life off-screen girlfriend), and the entire Glee community.
When his death was announced, I knew an episode like this was coming. I spent most of Thursday, October 10th preparing myself.
Al offered to come over to my apartment that night and watch it with me, even though he didn’t watch the show. I thanked him, but declined. I wanted to watch it alone.
I set up my full box of tissues, comfort food, and favorite blanket on my futon before the episode aired. The tears started well before the episode did.
I thought the choices of music for the episode were good, overall:
“Seasons of Love”
“I’ll Stand by You”
“Fire and Rain”
“If I Die Young”
“Make You Feel My Love”
Every cast member had their emotions running high, for obvious reasons. Finn was on the show from the beginning. Seeing his character sing helped me fall in love with the show in the first place! You could tell that everyone was literally singing their hearts out. Singing for Finn.
This is one episode that I haven’t dared to watch again. Not yet.
I’ve seen some of the clips of the songs online, but until recently, I would start to tear up within seconds of the song / video starting.
I can’t believe it’s been three years since he died. Wow.
Santana’s (Naya Rivera) rendition of “If I Die Young” still haunts me. It’s a tear-jerker in general when The Band Perry sings it, but when she sang it, solo, it hit me straight in the heart.
“The show must go … all over the place … or something.”
Thank you, Finn Hudson.
Thank you, Cory Monteith, for helping bring Finn to the world.
You had an amazing voice.
You were funny.
You were human.
I’m so sad that you left this world so early, but you will never be forgotten.
Rest In Peace.
Until the next headline, Laura Beth 🙂
I don’t even watch the show, but this post had me so close to tearing up. 😥
Beautiful tribute you’ve written here. Really touching.
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was hard to write, I found myself in tears as well. I thought they did a good job paying tribute to him, but unfortunately, the show suffered without him. However, I admire Lea Michele’s strength – She is amazing!
It’s so sad what these young stars go through & end up doing to themselves. But, Lea Michele does seem to be extremely strong. That must have been so hard on her, on so many levels. 😥
Exactly. She expresses herself in positive ways, from what I can tell.
It’s funny that we’re talking about this today. This is trending on FB: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/7454421/lea-michele-nude-womens-health-cover-cory-monteith-tattoo
I watched the episode when it aired. I thought the song selection was good. I particularly liked Seasons of Love and Make You Feel My Love. When it aired, I thought I would be a crying hot mess, but I managed to make it through. I have the series on DVD. I get sad everytime I watch it. Or when I watch earlier seasons and see him. The flashback scenes they did during season 5 were beautiful and heartwreching.
Definitely! I know how you feel. I don’t have any of the DVDs, yet, but I definitely want to get them. Thanks for reading, and commenting!