There’s just four weeks, five days and a handful of hours until This Is Us returns with its second season. Season one ended on a bit of a frustrating note for some, with many viewers hoping to learn just how Jack died. What we got instead was Jack and Rebecca’s epic fight that led to him walking out. But, obviously. The writers weren’t going to drop that bomb in a finale. They’re going to portion out the details of Jack’s death until they squeeze every last tear out of us, but at least we should get some answers at some point this season.
But enough talk of Jack dying. Let’s talk more about how he lived. The hit show has released a sneak peek from season two, and if you scoff at the idea of needing a box of tissues for a three-minute clip, think again.
It starts with an emotional exchange between Rebecca and Randall, who — after revealing to his mom that Beth is having doubts about adoption — asks his mother why he and Jack decided to adopt him. Cue the signature acoustic sounds of the show and the scene flashes back to Rebecca and Jack at the hospital, after she’s given birth to two, lost one, and Jack trying to convince her that the baby that was dropped off at the hospital and placed next to Kevin and Kate was meant to be theirs. But the look on Rebecca’s face shows she’s simply not ready. And that’s when things get real.
“He pushed a stranger on me. And that stranger became my child. And that child became my life. He became you.” GAH! The season doesn’t start for a month and we’re already sobbing.
This Is Us does a masterful job of showing us all the sides to a story, so while Rebecca initially wants to keep things positive for Randall, she ends up revealing the truth, not the sunshine-and-rainbows version she’s been spouting since forever. Whether we’re going through the same thing they are, enduring something similar, or simply just want to feel things, This Is Us proves time and time again just how much it resonates with all of us.
This Is Us returns Tuesday, September 26 on CTV.