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Aurelie Corinthios
February 05, 2018 at 12:21 AM EST

This Is Us just did it again.

SPOILER ALERT: The following contains spoilers from Sunday’s episode of This Is Us.

The hit NBC series opened its special post-Super Bowl episode with the biggest plot twist of all: Beloved-yet-flawed TV dad Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) doesn’t actually die in a fire. Instead, he single-handedly leads his family and their dog to safety, sustaining some minor burns along the way. So the hand-me-down Crock-Pot wasn’t to blame — but moments later it’s confirmed, in an absolutely heartbreaking scene, that he died in the hospital due to cardiac arrest despite escaping the flames.

And, of course, Twitter absolutely lost it.

“Stop playing with my emotions!!!!!!!!” begged one fan.

“My dad is a superhero!” tweeted costar Sterling K. Brown. “No one can do Jack like @MiloVentimiglia.”

Read on for more reactions to the epic curveball — and devastating conclusion.

This is the most painful way they could’ve killed jack because they all thought he was safe. They all thought he wo… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
j🥃 (@smoaked_queen) February 05, 2018

I JUST REALIZED WHY THIS IS US IS ON AFTER THE SUPERBOWL… BECAUSE THATS THE FAMILY’S SPECIAL DAY TO ALL WATCH THE… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Sanvmeen (@DanversNCPD) February 05, 2018

I AM IN TEARS. 😭💔😭💔 why did #ThisIsUs have to do this to us!! @TheMandyMoore is a master at her craft and just brok… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Fangirl_Alexia 🇲🇽 (@IGAlexia) February 05, 2018

Me watching this scene of Rebecca finding out Jack is officially dead. Jack’s heart was basically his greatest supe… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
Renée Gaillard (@reneeisto) February 05, 2018

Me: *knows this is the episode Jack dies*
*Jack dies*
Me:
#ThisIsUs https://t.co/CfJ35NMGt5
Kel (@kel__slater) February 05, 2018

RELATED VIDEO: This Is Us Creator Dan Fogelman Defends the Crock-Pot

Fans had long been theorizing about the precise manner of Jack’s death, ranging from a plane crash to a heart attack to a drunk driving accident (he is a recovering alcoholic). Ventimiglia, 40, previously told Entertainment Weekly that the event was going to be absolutely “soul-crushing.”

“Once you figure out the moment where it’s going to happen, you may get some hope — and then it’s all going to go away,” he said. “I think the best thing I can say — or the worst thing I can say — is: It’s going to be f—ing painful.”

This Is Us returns with an all-new episode Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.

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