Dry your tears and wipe your eyes because Jack Pearson isn’t leaving This Is Us anytime soon. Ever since the Super Bowl episode of the NBC drama aired and showed Jack’s death, fans have been worried that the TV patriarch that’s captured America’s hearts won’t be on the show any longer. But, thankfully that’s not the case. Since the hit-show relies heavily on time-jumps, viewers will still be able to watch Milo Ventimiglia bring Jack to life week after week.
“I’ve been dead from the get-go,” the 40-year-old actor explained in Esquire, “and though we’re now showing the death, we’re still gonna be bouncing around in different timelines. This is not the end of Jack.” He also tweeted, “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.”
For weeks, fans guessed that Jack’s death had something to do with a fire — but no one knew exactly how the character lost his life. This week, the show revealed that he suffered a heart attack after breathing in too much smoke from the house fire. This, of course, devastated the characters on the show and viewers alike. “Jack and Rebecca conceived the kids on Super Bowl Sunday, then 17 years later Jack left Rebecca and the big three behind… on Super Bowl Sunday. ??,” one fan tweeted. Another added, “Jack is always there for everyone and none of them were there when he died in that hospital room.”
But, according to Milo that might have been the way Jack wanted it. “He could probably sit there and have his wife in the room and all of that, but I deep-down think maybe he knew and he didn’t want her to have to see that or be around for that — I don’t know the real answer behind that, but I do feel like Jack knew something was wrong,” the actor told Entertainment Weekly.
As devastating as Jack’s death was — at least now fans have some explanation as to how the beloved character died. And now the storyline can continue without the huge mystery plaguing everyone’s minds.
Creator Dan Fogelman tweeted, “My mom died 10 years ago, unexpectedly. It’s the hinge upon which my life swings. Jack’s death is the Pearson hinge. We look back. We move forward. That’s our collective journey. Sad? Yes. But when you look through a wide enough lens — it’s also outrageously beautiful.”