8 ‘This is Us’ Tissue Moments Ranked: Jack Didn’t Die How You Think, And Randall Jumps Into the Future


TMZ – All of our questions about how Jack died are answered, and we find ourselves looking into the future in a way we never expected.

“This Is Us” just blew the door open on its past, and possibly its future with an epic super-sized Super Bowl episode. As promised, the fire that destroyed the Pearson home in the last episode consumed their world and ultimately took Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) away from them, but not as expected.

In another fakeout, we were presented with a sequence featuring a foster child and the woman prepping him to meet his new foster family, only it wasn’t Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) family. There were so many unexpected twists and turns in this one, we couldn’t always keep track of whether or not we were crying in sadness or shock. Sometimes it was both.

Remarkably, the house fire didn’t dominate the episode, as we might have thought it would. Instead, it merely set the events in motion that would lead to Jack’s death and upend the Pearson’s collective world.

As we do after every episode, we’re going to single out the show’s most powerful moments, scoring them by how many tissues we tore through just to watch them. Believe us, these are happy tears of anguish.

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