As fans express their disappointment on the This is Us finale, Mandy Moore has an appeal to everyone and also offered something for viewers to look forward to on the next season.
The This is Us season 1 last episode aired Tuesday night and not everyone was happy with what they saw. Many were expecting they would at least have a glimpse on how Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) died. Instead, the end story focused on Jack and Rebecca’s (Moore) relationship and possibly on how they break up.
Moore acknowledged that many may have felt short of the ending. However, she assured that episode 18 is “fundamental to the bigger picture.” She said viewers just need to be patient for bigger stories ahead.
The actress took on Instagram to share her thoughts about the backlash that the finale has been receiving. Alongside a photo of herself with Ventimiglia, she wrote:
“And for those somehow frustrated with the finale not revealing how Jack passed, I would encourage patience. Otherwise you might be watching the wrong show. Last night was fundamental to the bigger picture. The story deviated and ultimately landed on (I think) a more compelling question…what was the state of this relationship in the end? And as Milo so eloquently stated, let’s focus on how the man lived! Stay tuned cause it’s all leading somewhere and we’re just getting started.”
Creator Explains the This is Us Finale
Amidst criticisms on why Jack’s death was never tackled in the finale, showrunner and creator Dan Fogelman assured that the season 1 finale is the same storyline they have had planned since the beginning. When asked about when they plan to explain Jack’s death, Fogelman said that it is something that viewers have to be prepared for.
Fogelman explained that Jack’s demise will definitely happen at a certain point. But in order to get to that time, viewers have to see first what happened.
He further teased that Papa Pearson’s death is not necessarily going to be presented in a way that people may or may not be expecting it. Fogelman told The Hollywood Reporter:
“You can’t change that timeline because it’s pleasing or displeasing, or not fitting in line with how the audience wants to witness it. In terms of the reveal of Jack’s death, the only balancing act we’re trying to be cognizant of is spacing it out in a way that is interesting for the audience and keeps people engaged and talking about it. But at the same point, not putting it to a place where it essentially becomes frustrating. That’s the balancing act we’re following.”
This is Us is expected to return in NBC for season 2 in the fall.
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