This Is Us has hinted all season long at the tragic circumstances surrounding Jack’s (Milo Ventimiglia) death, and many hoped (and feared) that the season 1 finale would reveal exactly what happened to the Pearson family Patriarch.
Naturally, fans stocked up with wine, snacks, and plenty of tissues. Read on to find out what the episode revealed — and how fans coped with their finale stress.
Considering how This Is Us has constructed most of its episodes, the major reveals all season long have come at the end. So despite being well-stocked with snacks and beverages, fans were majorly stressed throughout the episode.
Water to hydrate ✔
— Young Chemist (@young_chemist1) March 15, 2017
me prepping for the #ThisIsUs finale like: wine✔️ tissues✔️
— (keer-a) (@MsCiaraMc) March 15, 2017
I am not ready to let Jack go 😥#ThisIsUs
— Christine Stringer (@LoftStringer) March 15, 2017
— J.Nicole Ⓥ (@JNicoleBK) March 15, 2017
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 15, 2017
I haven’t been this upset about a Jack dying since Titanic 😰 #ThisIsUs
— Funnyb76 (@julyd) March 15, 2017
— Christen McCluney (@SimplyChristen) March 15, 2017
I have to keep reminding myself to breathe. The anticipation of will happen has me so wound up. #ThisIsUs
— Nica Montford (@techsavvydiva) March 15, 2017
It seems fitting that before revealing Jack’s fate we got to see the beginning of his and Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) relationship, and this week’s flashback took us to the days before he and Rebecca met. Jack was a clean-shaven 28-year-old Vietnam War vet who fixed cars for old ladies.
— Milo Ventimiglia (@MiloVentimiglia) March 15, 2017
He dreamed of opening a mechanic shop with his BFF, and even went to a shady poker game to earn some money to buy a garage. Unfortunately, though he wanted to think otherwise, nice guys don’t finish first — and despite winning big on his first hand, the thugs running the game beat him up and stole his cash.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE NERVOUS OVER A CARD GAME @NBCThisisUs
— Mo Correa (@Mo_Robin23) March 15, 2017
— Lizz Rose (@Lifeof_Lizz) March 15, 2017
When Jack caught up with Ben, he punched him in the face. Rebecca intervened and drove her staggeringly drunk husband home — where they both arrived safe and sound. See, he didn’t die in a drunken driving accident after all! At least not on that night.
— Christopher Glover (@Tito_BeySTAN) March 15, 2017
— TheNerdyGirlExpress (@thenerdygirlexp) March 15, 2017
Just when we thought Jack was safe from wrong-doing, the episode flashed back to Young Jack as he went to garage fundraising Plan B: rob a bar.
— Just Sassci (@sassci) March 15, 2017
Luckily, Rebecca skipped out on her boring bind date to sing at an open mic night at that very bar, and the power of her voice singing a Cat Stevens song made him turn his head and not rob the bar after all. Sure, OK!
— Shayna (@shay_breeze_) March 15, 2017
Back in the ’90s, instead of watching E.R. — just a reminder that it was the ’90s — Jack and Rebecca had a knock-down, drag-out fight that was truly one of the most heartbreaking relationship milestones we’ve seen. Could this be the last conversation they ever have?
— Stizzy C (@officialstizzy) March 15, 2017
— Cami Bullins (@cambam_26) March 15, 2017
This is not what I expected. For the first time this season, I’m not bawling my eyes out; I’m straight-up stressed out #ThisIsUs
— Stephanie Wharton (@stephawharton) March 15, 2017
Thankfully, no. Phew.
— fertilized bae✨ (@arieella_) March 15, 2017
“You were MY big break.”
— Kate (@ArrowKate0315) March 15, 2017
But wait a minute — despite the fact that they both apologized to each other, Rebecca told Jack to stay at Miguel’s for a while. NOOOOOOO! Is THIS when Jack dies?
— Thomas E. Moore III (@ThomasMoore3rd) March 15, 2017
— meag hounslow (@meat_5) March 15, 2017
— Samantha Jacoby (@sammmijayyy) March 15, 2017
— Nick Pastura (@Nicky_P) March 15, 2017
After all that, the episode didn’t actually reveal anything about Jack’s fate, and many fans were not too happy — or at least were very confused about it all.
— KVS (@Kayla_VanScoy) March 15, 2017
I. HAVE. A. LOT. OF. QUESTIONS.
— Liz (@QueenAnaliz) March 15, 2017
#thisisus I feel like I watched a different episode than everybody else. Great ending? Not really. Not for a finale
— Shock&Roll (@SHOCKundROLL) March 15, 2017
sooo disappointed with that ending #ThisIsUs
— Bianca Akeson (@bianca_akeson) March 15, 2017
That was worse then the sopranos ending…#ThisIsUs
— Joey Costanz (@JoeyCostanz) March 15, 2017
— Kate (@kadrenne) March 15, 2017
Although the Pearson kids weren’t in the episode much, there was a short montage at the end that revealed what direction their stories might head in season 2.
Randall: *has one line*
— Small Screen Girl (@KiraJW) March 15, 2017
— Stephanie (@brown_eyed_1007) March 15, 2017
Omg! Randall wants to adopt a baby!!!! Kate is singing… omg. #ThisIsUs
— Tasha (@tdb080) March 15, 2017
So many different topics to look forward to next season. Adoption. Kate singing. Kevin and Sophie together again. Can’t wait! #ThisIsUs
— Veronica Morris (@VeronicaAnn17) March 15, 2017
Still, there was something major missing: How did Jack die, and why did Kate say it was her fault?
I’m wondering at this point why Kate said to Toby it was her fault jack died?… #ThisIsUs
— karyl beloin (@krbeloin) March 15, 2017
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