Brace yourselves, This Is Us fans, because we finally know how Jack Pearson died. Ever since Season 1 of the hit NBC series, fans have known that Milo Ventimiglia's character was going to die at some point because Rebecca Pearson (played by Mandy Moore) is a widow in the present day and has since remarried. Rebecca and Jack's children also spoke about their father in the past tense, so we all knew it was coming — and we got a bit of a clue that it had to do with a Crock-Pot — but we were not prepared to actually witness the moment it happened! (SPOILER ALERT: read at your own risk.)
So we finally got some answers. The episode started where last week's left off, with a fire in the kitchen started by a Crock-Pot — even though Milo appeared in a Super Bowl commercial on Sunday night before the episode aired to come to the kitchen appliance's defense. But because of this faulty Crock-Pot, which turned back on after Jack had turned it off, there was a fire that quickly spread and Jack woke up to see the flames climbing up the staircase.
Quick-thinking, Jack told Rebecca to stay in their room and wet towels while he went to rescue their two children Randall and Kate (Kevin was not home at the time) and he burned his arms in the process. But Jack was able to bring them back into his and Rebecca's bedroom safely and lowered them down to the ground outside using a rope made out of bed sheets. But as Jack was about to leave, Kate called out for the family dog Louie and he ran back to rescue the pup from the first floor.
It would have been heart-wrenching if that was the decision that did Jack in, but it's not because he's literally a Super Dad. Moments later, Jack bursts through the front door with Louie and some other family mementos.
The moment that Jack passes happens after he is transported to the hospital, where he is treated for his burns and smoke inhalation. But he seemed fine, so Rebecca left the room to get a snack and make some phone calls, and while she was gone Jack went into cardiac arrest because of the stress that the smoke inhalation put on his lungs and heart. And just like that, he was gone.
Just so everyone knows it….#JackPearson lives in all of our hearts. He’s you. He’s me. He’s Us. Thank you all for supporting our show. We love you all 🙂 And this isn’t the end of Jack. Stay tuned. #ThisIsUs. MV
— Milo Ventimiglia (@MiloVentimiglia) February 5, 2018
The rest of the episode gave fans a look into how the Pearson family deals with Super Bowl Sunday, which is the day that Jack passed away.