Viewers of This Is Us have known since September 2016 that Milo Ventimiglia's character, Jack Pearson, died at some point in the narrative, a dark cloud that looms over the entire series, but they had to wait until a special post-Super Bowl episode on Sunday to find out exactly how it happened (we won't spoil it for you, but you should go watch it now and bring a lot of tissues).
"I think all of us are tremendously relieved," she told Hoda Kotb and Savannah Guthrie. "Because Milo and I, for one, have known since the beginning ... But it's just nice to sort of pop that bubble a little."
Turns out that the show's uncanny ability to make people weep also affects the actual cast, even though they know the major spoilers in advance.
"Pretty much all of the episodes affect all of us, like, we all cry," she revealed. "We saw the episode together as a cast at [writer/producer] Dan Fogelman's house last week, and none of us could speak afterwards. We were sort of speechless."
Now that we finally know the past, the show is ready to take us into the future, which viewers got a glimpse of on Sunday night, thanks to Sterling K. Brown's character Randall Pearson and his daughter Tess.