I still can’t get over Shaun reading Evan To Kill A Mockingbird because that’s where his brother left off. That’s heartbreaking. He wanted so badly to save Evan because it would almost be like saving Steven and he was so set on this that he was willing to cling to any chance that Evan could have something other than cancer. He tried so hard to find a reason he could live.
And side note, when Evan is teaching Shaun when to lie, Shaun asks “but what about when the truth will hurt someone?” And Evan tells him that some people can handle it and some people can’t. And then at the end of the episode, Evan’s parents are grieving over finding out that their son knows he’s going to die and Evan lies to them and says that it’ll be okay because he’ll be with all of his relatives up in Heaven?? Even though he told Shaun earlier in the episode that he isn’t scared of dying because he knows that nothing happens after? Amazing. He can tell Shaun what he really believes but understands that his own parents are too fragile to hear that truth and they need to believe his soul and the souls of other lost family members still exist somewhere once they’re gone.
This show is so well written and so well executed that I just can’t believe it exists