This is heartbreak

By Kaitlin Trujillo
On February 8, 2018

Kaitlin Trujillo

I was not ready for the Super Bowl to end.

I knew that in just a few moments, This is Us would replace the Eagles’ celebration and my heart would shatter into a thousand pieces.

Everyone who watches the show was aware that this moment was coming, but no amount of time could have prepared me for the death of Jack Pearson.

I had fallen in love with this character and his family, and I was not emotionally equipped to see his untimely end.

Jack Pearson is the kind of man that this world needs more of.

He was a devoted father, friend and husband.

The way he loved his wife and kids was so sweet and inspiring.

He is also played by one of my favorite actors, Milo Ventimiglia.

I have loved Ventimiglia ever since he stepped off the bus in Stars Hollow in 2002 to disrupt the lives of the Gilmore Girls.

The episode after the Super Bowl was heart-wrenching, difficult to watch and one that I was dreading.

Mandy Moore was absolutely amazing.

It was one of the best performances I have ever seen from her.

At one point, I wasn’t even sure if I was crying because of the storyline or because of her.

After the episode ended, I couldn’t get up from the couch.

I was so emotionally exhausted and was trying to process my thoughts.

I had to keep telling myself that the Pearsons are not a real family, Milo Ventimiglia is alive and well and Jack will still be in the show.

It is a rare thing for a show to come along that is as diverse, inspiring, incredible and heartbreaking as This is Us.

I fell in love with this show and its characters so quickly.

This show makes me feel so many emotions, and I have become so attached to the characters.

Its themes of loss, foster care, addiction and race are rarely seen in mainstream media but are topics that should be spoken about. I think the show presents those ideas in such a real, raw way and people cannot help but feel moved by them.

The show is so intricately put together. From the actors to the costumes to the set, every detail is carefully plotted.

Jack and the rest of the Pearson family have started to feel like old friends.

This is Us may just be the greatest show of the 21st Century.

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