As traditional with This Is Us, we’re not OK. On Tuesday, the present aired its penultimate episode, which centered on Rebecca Pearson’s (Mandy Moore) final moments.
The episode, titled “The Train,” takes viewers inside an aged Rebecca’s thoughts as she’s guided by means of a prepare as a younger lady by the late William Hill (Emmy winner Ron Cephas Jones). In every automotive, she shares transient exchanges with household and pals earlier than finally reaching the caboose, which holds her literal demise mattress. There, she’s reunited along with her husband Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), whose premature demise additionally wrecked followers when it aired in 2018.
While Rebecca is in “the in between,” her relations, together with sons Randall (Emmy winner Sterling Okay. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) in addition to daughter-in-law Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), say their goodbyes — and she will hear each. But Rebecca doesn’t formally let go till her daughter Kate (Chrissy Metz) lastly arrives dwelling: “I’m waiting for someone,” Rebecca mutters all through the episode till Kate bids her remaining farewell.
“Hey mom, it’s me. Bug,” Kate says by means of tears. “I’m here. I’m here. I love you, Mom. I love you so much.”
“OK,” Rebecca nods to William as he escorts her to the prepare’s finish.
And with that, followers misplaced it.
“I’ve developed a way of creating a little bit of a forcefield around myself so I can do the job properly and look at it as a piece of work rather than letting myself just fall to pieces and not have any perspective,” creator Dan Fogelman advised People of the emotional episode. “That being said, yeah, the first time I saw it, as we started getting into the train and Beth was starting to say her goodbye to Rebecca, I was starting to go, ‘Oh wow. This is about to start bubbling out of me.’ I think we really executed this device the way we talked about for so long, and it’s really effective, and it feels really special. So yeah, it definitely got me.”
The Beth second he’s speaking about started on the 10-minute mark, kicking off the tears for lots of followers at dwelling as she reassured her mother-in-law that Randall can be taken care of. It was an sincere, uncooked and touching speech about motherhood that hit each. single. really feel:
“So much of being a mom is about faking it, isn’t it? We don’t know what the hell we’re doing. Not when they’re young, not when they’re older. So we fake it. We imitate what we think a mom should be. I had a good mom, but we were complicated. I just want to say, all these years, so many times when I was faking it, I was doing my best impression of you, Rebecca. I’ll take him the rest of the way, mama. Thank you for helping me with that complicated, incredible, beautiful boy that you raised. But I got him now.”
This Is Us will wrap up its six-season run subsequent week in a finale episode that Fogelman hopes longtime viewers will respect.
“I feel we’ve answered those questions now, and we can live in the simple experience of being a family with this family. That was the goal here,” he advised People, “and I think we set out to make an ending that felt like when you close a big giant, sprawling family novel. You feel sad because you realize the end of the book is getting thinner and thinner, and you’re running out of pages to read, because you’ve been so absorbed in the book. But hopefully when you close it, you also feel you’ve had a complete meal.”
But, is there any dessert?! How are we going to say goodbye to the Pearsons? Ugh. Get these Costco-sized tissue packing containers prepared everybody.