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Farewells are never easy. On a series such as This Is Us, it can be pretty savage. 

When the cast of the show got together on a hot April day in Los Angeles to pose for the digital cover of EW, the ambiance was summer casual – it was a BBQ theme. But the upcoming conclusion of the series – which will occur on May 24 – did arise in the discussions quite a few times, and things got a little melancholy.

“How do you guys feel about saying goodbye to your characters?” asked Mandy Moore to her co-stars during the Around the Table shoot. “Because that’s something that I feel like I’ve just started digesting, and I’m like, you have to actually say goodbye to these people. Like, they will no longer exist anymore.”

“And you have to literally say goodbye because Rebecca really says goodbye in these last couple episodes,” Susan Kelechi Watson tells Moore. 

And a while ago, she felt the same when she was co-writing Beth’s final episode in season 6 (Our Little Island Girl: Part 2). 

“I remember before we even started,” states Watson, “starting to already feel the ending starting to happen, and it was like, ‘Oh my gosh, you know? You really do feel like, all the years.'”

“I don’t know how to say goodbye,” concludes Moore.

“I’m not going to,” Jon Huertas, who portrays Jack’s best friend and Rebecca’s second husband, Miguel, says. “The hair department let me keep the old man wig.”

Meanwhile, for Milo Ventimiglia (Jack), the farewell brought an additional chunk of lament. As Jack’s scenes occur in the past (considering his early death), the patriarch and the adult Big Three did not have a chance to meet. 

“I’ve been consistently saying that’s the one heartbreaking thing for me,” Ventimiglia reveals, “is I don’t get to share time with all of you on set.”

“But you’re always with us,” comforts Chrissy Metz. 

The broad-spanning, the free-wheeling discussion brought up the obstacles for Metz and Chris Sullivan (Toby) in playing Kate and Toby’s split. 

“I didn’t expect Kate and Toby to not make it,” Metz claims. “I knew somebody wasn’t going to. I just didn’t know it was gonna be Kate and Toby.”

When Sterling K. Brown (Randall) asks his onscreen sister how she feels about it, she faces Sullivan and says, “I don’t like it. No, that’s my dawg. This is my Chris. It’s like, I miss you, you know?” 

The discussion also went to who was the most excellent crier among the cast. And some talk about what it even means. 

“Either Chrissy or Mandy, they always make me cry every time in the scene,” states Brown, the portrayer of the iconic one tear rolling down his face. 

However, he divulges that it was the opposite at the back of the camera.

“Backstage is constant laughter,” Brown states. “And I don’t know if it’s just who we are as a group of people; we sort of just enjoy each other. When the show is as heavy as it is, people think we live in that the whole time. I don’t think so. I think that would be too difficult to just carry that kind of weight the whole time. So we do what we need to, in order to release.” 

Sullivan then adds: “I’ve only had a few scenes with Justin (Hartley). And every single one of them ends with me in tears, trying to hold in laughter.”

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