*WARNING: Spoilers ahead for This Is Us season 6, episode 17*
This Is Us has given fans some truly heart wrenching moments since it began airing on NBC in 2016 and the show’s final few episodes have been some of the most tear-jerking chapters yet.
The most recent episode ended with Rebecca’s final moments as her magnificent life came to an end as the Pearsons bid farewell to their family’s matriarch.
Now, just one episode remains but when exactly is episode 18 of This Is Us season 6 airing and what can fans expect from the final chapter?
This Is Us season 6, episode 17 recap
Episode 17 of This Is Us season 6 aired on NBC at 9/8c on May 17th, 2022.
Titled The Train, the episode explored Rebecca’s final moments in the series.
The Pearson family gathered at Rebecca’s bedside while an unconscious Rebecca dreamed her final moments on a train, reuniting with some key characters from throughout her life.
Elsewhere, the episode also intercut with scenes featuring a new family, the Brooks, who in the opening scene got into a nasty car accident while later scenes follow their youngest son, Marcus, who grows up to become an aspiring scientist.
The episode revealed that Marcus was being operated on at the same moment Jack Pearson had his fatal heart attack – in other words, if Marcus hadn’t been in hospital, the trauma surgeon may have been able to save Jack.
However, the tragic revelation is given another layer as adult Marcus goes on to create a drug to help battle Alzheimer’s.
At long last, the episode and Rebecca’s magnificent life come to an end with Rebecca reuniting with Jack on her mystical train as she passes away. Cue the waterworks.
This Is Us season 6 episode 18 preview
Episode 18 of This Is Us season 6 will air on NBC in the US at 9/8c on Tuesday, May 24th and will be followed in the UK on Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ on Thursday, May 26th.
The upcoming episode will simply be titled Us as it brings the much-loved series to an end.
Ahead of the finale, NBC released a single-line synopsis for episode 18: “The Big Three come to new understandings about life.”
Following the events of episode 17, the finale promises to re-shape the Pearson family’s dynamic as they continue their lives without family matriarch, Rebecca, and must put all the lessons their parents taught them to good use.
This Is Us cast and crew tease the finale
Ahead of the penultimate episode, Rebecca actress Mandy Moore appeared on The Tonight Show alongside Jimmy Fallon and teased some of the details surrounding the final episodes of This Is Us.
After revealing that the penultimate episode made her throw up, the actress also hinted that: “The finale is a bit more of a hug, a little bit more of levity.”
Elsewhere on social media, several members of the show’s cast and crew offered hints at what will come in the finale.
Creator Dan Fogelman posted an image of the editor’s cut of episode 18:
While Sterling K. Brown reminded fans that we’ll have to say goodbye to This Is Us on May 24th.
Kate actress Chrissy Metz pondered what This Is Us fans will do with their Tuesdays after the finale airs.
And finally, Justin Hartley teased that the finale will be a “tough one for me.”
Season 6 of This Is Us concludes on NBC in the US on May 24th, 2022 while viewers in the UK can watch on Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ on Thursday, May 26th.
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