Even though the hit drama series “This is Us,” has been teasing the death of the series’ beloved patriarch Jack Pearson for more than a year, many viewers were still left in shock after Sunday’s emotional episode, which showed how Milo Ventimiglia’s character died. Singer and actress Mandy Moore, who plays Rebecca, Jack’s wife, spoke about the on-screen death, saying that the episode made her feel “emotionally tapped out.”
Moore shared that while they were filming the episode, during the hospital scenes where Jack died, she just kept her head down and kept to herself. She also listened to sad music and did not talk to anybody. “I feel like I sort of had to remain in that state for, like, a month, which sucked,” shared the actress.
“I feel emotionally tapped out. I don’t think that my tear ducts have any more tears,” said Moore. “This episode definitely put me through the wringer, emotionally. I was like, ‘I need a vacation. I need a break from crying!’”
The episode showed how the Pearson home burned down. Jack was able to safely lead his entire family out of the house, after which he went back into the house to save their dog, along with some family photo books, from the fire.
Although they all survived the fire, Jack, who was getting some treatment at the hospital for his burns, suffered a catastrophic heart attack due to the amount of smoke that he had inhaled.
Since the second season of the multiple-timeline show began last year, the writers have been dropping clues about the mysterious death of Jack. The tragic event, which coincided with Super Bowl Sunday, a day very special to the Pearson family, was cleverly recounted in an episode aired by NBC on Super Bowl Sunday itself, after the big game.
In the first season, it was revealed that he had already died at the time of the present timeline. However, the topic hardly came into focus, as all of the surviving family members seemed too devastated to talk about it.
“This Is Us” airs Tuesdays, 9 p.m. EST on NBC.