Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute episode will kick off a season-long struggle for the character of Rachel.

Speaking about this Thursday’s Glee season 5, episode 3 “The Quarterback,” Murphy says that Finn’s death will be a small part of future episodes in that Rachel will be trying to cope with the departure of her boyfriend. “She struggles with it [the loss] all season,” he says in a new interview with TV Week Australia, adding, “It’s not just done, buried and goodbye.”

The series creator says that actress Lea Michele (who dated Monteith in real life before his death in July) was very involved with filming the entire episode. “She was actually deeply in it [on set] – her story kicks in during the last half,” Murphy says. “It was very brave of her to do, because there were some cast members, who we won’t name, who didn’t want to do a grief episode, didn’t want to do a memorial episode. So, Lea really put herself in the bottom of the heap and soldiered on.”

Murphy also revealed that Michele personally selected the song she would perform in tribute to Monteith. That song is “Make You Feel My Love” and you can listen to it in our previous story.

“It was a very personal one for her and Cory,” he said. “She’s ultimately the person who approved and chose that song. She wanted to do something personal. I don’t think she’ll ever share why she chose that song. It was very sad; everybody was wrecked. It was really hard.”

“The Quarterback” airs this Thursday at 9 p.m. eastern/pacific on Fox.

Edited by Brandi Delhagen