The penultimate episode of “This Is Us” destroyed the fans, of course

As usual with It’s uswe are do not OKAY. On Tuesday, the show aired its penultimate episode, which focused on the final moments of Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore).

The episode, titled “The Train,” takes viewers inside the mind of an elderly Rebecca as she is guided onto a train as a young woman by the late William Hill (Award winner Ron Cephas Jones). Emma). In each car, she shares brief exchanges with her family and friends before finally reaching the caboose, which holds her literal deathbed. There, she finds her husband Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), whose premature death also wrecked fans when it aired in 2018.

While Rebecca is in “in-between,” her family members, including sons Randall (Emmy-winning Sterling K. Brown) and Kevin (Justin Hartley) as well as daughter-in-law Beth ( Susan Kelechi Watson), bid farewell – and she can hear everyone. But Rebecca officially doesn’t let go until her daughter Kate (Chrissy Metz) finally arrives home: “I’m waiting for someone,” Rebecca mutters throughout the episode until Kate says his last goodbyes.

“Hey mom, it’s me. Bug,” Kate said through tears. “I’m here. I’m here. I love you mom. I love you so much.”

“OK,” Rebecca nods at William as he escorts her to the end of the train.

And with that, the fans lost it.

Mandy Moore herself tweeted about the episode when it aired.

A touching reaction to the penultimate episode.

Rebecca was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at the end of the show.

“I developed a way to create a little force field around me so that I could do the job properly and see it as work rather than let myself fall apart and have no perspective,” creator Dan Fogelman said People of the emotional episode. “That being said, yeah, the first time I saw it, as we were starting to get on the train and Beth was starting to say goodbye to Rebecca, I was starting to go, ‘Oh wow. That’s on the point of starting to come out of me. I think we’ve really run this device the way we’ve talked about it for so long, and it’s really effective, and it’s really special. So yeah, it definitely touched me .

The Beth moment he is talking about started after 10 minutes, bringing tears to many fans at home as she reassured her mother-in-law that Randall would be taken care of. It was an honest, raw and touching talk about motherhood that hit home all. Single. To feel:

“A big part of being a mother is pretending, isn’t it? We don’t know what we’re doing. Not when they’re young, not when they’re older. So we pretend. We imitate what we think a mom should be. I had a great mom, but we were complicated. I just mean, all those years, so many times when I was pretending, I was doing my best impression of you, Rebecca. I’m going to take it all the way, mom. Thank you for helping me with this complicated, amazing, beautiful boy you raised. But I got him now.

Susan Kelechi Watson shared tweets throughout the night.

It’s us will wrap its six seasons next week in a finale episode that Fogelman hopes longtime viewers will enjoy.

“I think now we have those questions answered and we can have the simple experience of being a family with this family. That was the goal here,” he said. People“and I think we decided to do an ending that felt like the closing of a big, giant, sprawling family novel. You feel sad because you realize that the end of the book is getting thinner and thinner and you run out of pages to read because you’ve been so engrossed in the book, but hopefully when you close it you also feel like you’ve had a full meal.

But, is there a dessert?! How are we going to say goodbye to the Pearsons? Ugh. Get all those Costco-sized tissue boxes ready.

Denise W. Whigham