We’re only hours away from the This Is Us finale
, and the cast and crew are counting down the final episode of the season.
“My text exchange with @MiloVentimiglia after he read tonight’s finale,” Fogelman tweeted Tuesday, alongside a screenshot of their text chain from late January.
“Just read it,” Ventimiglia wrote Fogelman in his original text. “Holy f**k, Dan. This is gonna be heartbreaking and beautiful.”
“People are gonna go crazy. Excited to see what you guys do w it!” Fogelman wrote back.
“Insane,” he texted back, before agreeing with his boss that fans’ reactions were going to be enthusiastic, to say the least, and making a bold prediction. “Think you’re right. They’re gonna riot.”
Fogelman also joked about misspelling Ventimiglia's last name, adorably admitting that he didn't realize until just now when a fan pointed it out.
Ventimiglia retweeted Fogelman’s screenshot of their conversation on Tuesday, writing, “Yeah that was how it went down.”
Last night, Ventimiglia dropped by Jimmy Kimmel Live!
where he implored fans of the show
to focus on how Jack lived, instead of the fact that he’s dead in the present day.
"The one thing that you do know is Jack is dead, and everybody's fascinated with knowing how, and when and why," Ventimiglia said, teasing that fans “maybe” will get answers to Jack’s death in the finale. "The thing that I keep thinking about, or keep talking about to people is, worry about how he's living -- why he's living. Those are the moments. You don't want to focus on death. You want to focus on his life."
Easier said than done, my friend!
"I think people need to put away their desire to know and be satisfied with that, and know that it's coming," he explained. "It could be the next episode. It could be the second to last episode. It could be a ways away."
This Is Us airs its finale Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
Watch ET’s exclusive interview with Ventimiglia for more.