Cory Monteith Glee Finale
"Glee" paid tribute to Cory Monteith's character Finn after the actor's death in 2013. "Glee" will once again honor him in the series finale. Fox/Adam Rose

There’s no time like the end of “Glee” to flashback to the very beginning. The “Glee” Season 6 finale, which will also be the series finale, will look at the original members of New Directions before they joined the glee club. Despite his death, Finn (Cory Monteith) will be included in the finale.

Monteith died of a drug overdose in July 2013, and consequently, his character Finn died off screen during “Glee” Season 5. The first half of the series finale will show a time when Finn was alive, and New Directions hadn’t even been started. Fans will “see why the original members of New Directions signed up for glee club in the first place,” according to a press release. So how will Finn show up?

The first half of the series finale, aptly titled “2009,” was shown to a group of fans and reporters at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Friday night. Finn is spoken about throughout the episode. The members of New Directions have to determine if Finn is really a good guy or if he is as much of a bully as any other member of the football team.

Viewers also willsee some footage of the deceased actor. “Footage of Monteith is included, though used sparingly,” Entertainment Weekly reports. The old footage is actually from 2009. E! Online reports that the material used is from the pilot episode.

The first half of the “Glee” series finale is likely to be a tearjerker. While any mention of Finn tends to be emotional, it seems Kurt (Chris Colfer) will be going through his own struggles in 2009. In a leaked clip on Instagram, Kurt reportedly picks up a pamphlet about suicide.

Colfer revealed that even though Monteith wasn't physically present, he was on the minds of the entire cast throughout filming the “Glee” finale. “He was there, though. We could feel him. He was,” Colfer explained on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

The two-hour “Glee” series finale airs Friday at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox.