We don’t know about you, but Jack will always be our plus-one.
In the season finale, Dan Fogelman & Co. explored the theme of letting go. It was Kate (Chrissy Metz)’s wedding day, and while she and brothers Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) prepared for the nuptials, Kate couldn’t help but think back to a dream she’d been having for weeks — one that showed the audience what an alternate timeline would look like had Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) never died. In the bride-to-be’s slumber, she saw her parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary with a vow renewal ceremony. And in her dreams, everyone was there — everyone except fiancé Toby (Chris Sullivan). This realization comes up during conversation with Pearson matriarch Rebecca (Mandy Moore), and Kate finally comes to term with something that’s been in between her and Tobias for a while. She has to let go of her guilt over her father’s death if she’s ever going to make room for a husband. So she goes to a special spot near the wedding venue (the family cabin) and releases the remainder of Jack’s ashes. Now she’s ready.
But it wasn’t all about the wedding. Fans also watched as Deja (Lyric Ross) suffered a psychological breakdown during the reception, lashing out at her life’s traumas by taking a bat to beat what appears to be Randall’s car. This was a hard blow to take as the previous episode gave hope into Deja’s situation. Still, there was more to wonder about. In a flash-forward, we see that Kevin will get cozy with Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson)’s cousin as they head to Vietnam with a photo of Army Jack in hand, Toby will suffer from an illness as he lies sadly in bed while Kate discusses new medication (depression?), and Sterling and Tess will be anxious about going to see a mysterious “her.” Whoever this “her” is, it seems she’s in trouble — or worse. It would be easy to assume this woman is Deja, but some fear it’s actually Beth.
A lot to think about and wait for!!
As always, fans had a lot to say about this This episode on Twitter:
When #ThisIsUs makes you play the worst case scenario game from now until next season and your worst case is that Beth is dead, and you’re not going to sleep until September, and you haven’t been this anxious since the dang Crock Pot light came back on.
— Shelley Gardler (@shelleygardler) March 14, 2018
And just for good measure, here’s what some of the cast and crew are saying:
On a plane, but I’m always miles high when I think of what our cast, writers, and crew pulled off this season. Very proud, and only a little tired. See you guys in a few months. Season 3 is gonna be a huge one! #ThisIsUs
— Dan Fogelman (@Dan_Fogelman) March 14, 2018
To our extended Pearson family, our fans-
We are deeply indebted to all of you who have started and continue on this journey with us. Thank you for giving us a platform and reason to tell these stories. Until next season ❤️ #ThisIsUs pic.twitter.com/BmUIbFKxXu
— Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 14, 2018
To our incredible #ThisIsUs family,
We would not be where we are without all of you. Thank you for laughing, crying, sobbing, and loving with us every Tuesday night. We’ll miss you dearly, but we’ll be back before you know it.
A heartfelt thank you to our #ThisIsUs family. Thank you for laughing with us and crying with us. You all are phenomenal! The Pearsons et al will return for Season 3 this fall. https://t.co/c0MpTSMSZw
— ThisIsUsWriters (@ThisIsUsWriters) March 14, 2018
This Is Us returns to NBC next Fall.
P.S. Don’t worry, Milo. WE’LL never let Jack go.
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