It’s been a whole two days since Jack Pearson was so cruelly taken from us on This Is Us, and even though we all knew it was coming for months now — and technically had plenty of time to emotionally prepare ourselves — it was somehow still a shock.
Instead of calmly bracing ourselves for the inevitable Sunday night, we collectively fell into a heap of ugly crying, blowing through entire tissue boxes and shouting at the TV.
I mean, he was talking to Rebecca like TWO seconds ago! SHE JUST LEFT TO GET A CANDY BAR, FOR GOD’S SAKE! And those doctors? Could they have spent any less time trying to revive him?!
But okay, fine. It happened. It’s done. And now, we all have to deal with it, and remind ourselves of happy things so we can make it through the rest of the show without literally losing our sh*t every week.
Like the fact that this is not goodbye forever, since the show’s penchant for timeline jumping will give us glimpses into the past once again, and we can likely see Jack every week. (Phew.) It’s also worth remembering that Jack Pearson is (technically) a fictional character and that the real actor who plays him (Milo Ventimiglia) is very much alive and well and CAN LITERALLY NEVER DIE, DO YOU HEAR ME?
Milo himself has been trying to remind us all of that fact for the last two days, as well. On Monday, he took to Twitter to post a reassuring message to fans.
“Just so everyone knows it,” wrote Milo, “#JackPearson lives in all of our hearts. He’s you. He’s me. He’s Us. Thank you all for supporting our show. We love you all 🙂 And this isn’t the end of Jack. Stay tuned. #ThisIsUs. MV.”
OMG I AM GUTTED.
He also took some time today to stop by the folks at Elle mag and read through some sad tweets posted by fans in the wake of Sunday night’s episode — and I’m telling you, there’s something about it that almost makes me feel better about things. (ALMOST.)
“Where’s my alternative timeline episode of #ThisIsUs where Jack never dies and we get to see him be an adorable grandpa?” wrote one user, who just made me a million times sadder that we’ll never see him grow old.
“I can’t handle this,” wrote another. “I know Jack is dead but I can’t. Stupid Crock-Pot! I wanna throw mine away now!” — I concur, random Twitter user!
To that, Milo did take a pause to remind us all that we can’t suddenly throw out our giant Crock-Pots just because of a faulty switch in a 20-year-old Crock-Pot on a fictional TV show. (Though really, every time he reminds us This Is Us is fictional, it stings a little … just me?)
Sigh. The whole thing is pretty enjoyable, and makes you feel like we really all are in this together, mourning Jack’s death. And hey, getting to see a living, breathing Milo on screen is a pretty great reminder that in some ways, Jack is still with us … right?