Glee will return to its roots in the upcoming series finale (Friday, March 20 at 8 p.m. ET) when the show flashes back to “2009,” also the title of the episode, and offer a new perspective on how New Directions really came together. In doing so, the series will pay tribute to the late Cory Monteith, whose presence was felt during Friday’s PaleyFest panel, moderated by EW’s own Tim Stack.
“We always had accidental fun together,” Chris Colfer recalled, detailing times where the duo would joke around during long press days. Monteith was found dead in July 2013 from an accidental overdose. His Glee character, Finn Hudson, was subsequently revealed to have died off-screen.