Now that the secret is out about how Jack Pearson died on This Is Us, the show’s cast appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to discuss the tear-jerking episode.
You can’t argue that last night was a rollercoaster of emotions—from watching the Eagles win and Justin Timberlake perform, to laughing and maybe tearing up at some of the Super Bowl commercials. But we can all agree that the main event that took an emotional toll on millions of Americans everywhere was what happened after the big game: the Super Bowl episode of This Is Us.
Warning: if you haven’t watched the episode, arm yourself with tissues, stream it now, and then come back to this because there are SPOILERS ahead.
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Yes, after a season and a half of speculation, we finally found out how Jack Pearson died (in heroic fashion, of course). While we’re somewhat relieved at finally knowing the truth, it certainly left us in a puddle (maybe more like a lake or ocean) of tears.
To hopefully cheer up fans of the show, the cast appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon right after the episode aired. “I am alive!” Milo Ventimiglia, who plays Jack, exclaimed as the cast made their entrance. After prompting the cast to do the “Big Three” cheer from the show, he asked them to comfort America by giving the camera a hug. We’re here for you,” Mandy Moore said to the camera. “We love you. You’re okay.”
For those who don’t know, the big reveal had Jack waking up to a whole house engulfed in flames (thanks to a faulty slow cooker). He swiftly switches to hero mode and gets everyone out of the house safely, but not without burning his hands during the rescue. After the family is outside, Kate starts to scream for her dog, so what does Jack do? Go back inside, of course. Just when you think he’s done for, he manages to escape the house with the dog. Then, it seems that all is well in the hospital, but then the big moment happens: while Rebecca is making a phone call, Jack has a massive heart attack and dies.
The cast told Fallon that the plot details were top-secret. “We had scripts that were on red paper because they can’t be photocopied,” Ventimiglia says. “We had a password when talking about the actual event.” It was “Marble,” by the way.
If you’re anxiously waiting to see what happens next—especially about the other time-jump plot twist that was revealed at the end—you only have to wait one more day since the next episode is on tomorrow.