Speaking out about the death of Cory Monteith, Glee creator Ryan Murphy has revealed how the show will handle the loss of one of its biggest stars.
Murphy told The Hollywood Reporter that he and the rest of the cast are still grieving: "It's always sad and shocking when somebody so young dies."
"One of the things that made it even more upsetting is that so many of us who knew and loved him were actively involved in trying to get him better."
"When you're faced with something so sad and so shocking, what do you do? Do we cancel the show? Do we start shooting in January? What do we do?"
"The right thing to do for the show, at this point, is to have that character pass," Murphy says of his plans for the premiere, which was pushed back a week.
"Ultimately, we decided the best thing for everyone is to get back to work and be around people who knew him and loved him so that everyone can grieve together."
"When we do a tribute episode to [his] character, we'll do it in a way where the cast will not have to re-create feelings of grief they’ve had this week, but do it in an upbeat way."
Murphy says the role of Finn Hudson, McKinley High's football star-turned-glee clubber, will not be re-cast, and the season's third episode will be a tribute.
Murphy said he told Cory Monteith's costar and real-life girlfriend, Lea Michele, that he would understand if she didn't want to return to Glee this fall.
She said that was not an option, however, and will be back.
Glee returns Thursday, October 26.