In an October 9, 2013 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, O'Malley (who played Finn's stepfather on the show), talked about the process of writing and filming this tribute episode.
"Cory Monteith was a great guy. He was a terrific, terrific actor. I think that the writers Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan, had taken this incredible task, which was to write a story about a character who passed away, and yet, honor the actor, and really show the audience the love that the cast, crew, and audience had for him."
He continued, "it's a really remarkable episode. I think it's one of the most beautiful episodes they've ever written on that show."
The "World's Greatest TV Dad" also offered some insightful comments on the grieving process, and how it would affect the audience.
As he explained, "what was interesting about the shooting the episode is that you're tasked with doing your job, which is the story of telling the story. It's a story that's important to tell because he was an important character to the audience. Yet everyone in the audience and you realize that when you're doing this episode, it's about someone who's gone."
He continued, "I think that's the very hard thing, that you wanted to honor him, honor his life, yet he was very important to an audience. We both grew up, and people are always experiencing the death of artists, musicians, and writers that they care about. When you connect with somebody in that way, and they carry a story for you, and then suddenly they're gone, it's really emotional for an audience whether you knew him personally or not."
"Glee's" Finn Hudson/Cory Monteith tribute episode, "The Quarterback," airs Thursday October 10 at 9/8c on FOX.
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