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Your assignment today leading up to This Is Us season 2 episode 18, otherwise known as the season finale: brace yourself emotionally. We don’t care if you binge-watch puppy videos all day or buy yourself a brand new blanket and whip up some hot cocoa; whatever it takes to get through tonight, right?

Because you know This Is Us season 2 episode 18 isn’t going to pull any punches. They’ve been playing badminton with our hearts since the first episode, and this season has been especially brutal. And this is TV, guys. Whatever they did throughout the season has to lead up to something even bigger in the finale.

So, what should you expect from This Is Us season 2 episode 18?

The This Is Us season 2 finale is looking like it’s going to be another source of waterworks for fans. No surprise there. But theories floating around the web claim that it’s Rebecca that’s going to cause the emotional catastrophe instead of Jack.

At least that’s how they’re explaining the appearance of “old man Jack” in the This Is Us season 2 episode 18 teaser trailer. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can catch up by watching the video below:


Teaser of This Is Us season 2 finale



Take a minute to compose yourself. We were startled when he flashed on screen, too. (For those of you catching up, it’s been well established that the beloved TV dad dies, and there was a lot of build-up and sculation about how Jack dies on This Is Us.)

If the theories are right, and it’s a big if, then those flashes of never-to-be future Jack are an indication that Rebecca is sick, potentially dying. (Think Izzy seeing Denny on Grey’s Anatomy before her cancer diagnosis.) Remember that a couple episodes ago they revealed that Rebecca has had a cancer scare in the past, and that might have been leading up to this moment.

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Maybe, just maybe, though it was all a dream or Rebecca, or even another character, daydreaming wishfully about what could have been. Keep your fingers crossed that it’s the latter.

What time does This Is Us season 2 episode 18 start?

You’re not going to want to miss a second of the This Is Us season 2 finale, so make sure you tune into NBC in time to catch the opening credits tonight, Tuesday, March 13 at 9:00 p.m. EST. Oh, and maybe stop by the store for extra tissues — and maybe add a chocolate in there too just in case things get really emotional.

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