This Is Us gave us a major clue about Jack’s death

By Christina Cavaleri November 2, 2017
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Did you spot it? 

WARNING: Spoilers from season two are literally all over this story

Fans of NBC’s smash series This Is Us will all agree that Jack Pearson’s (played by Milo Ventimiglia) death is probably the most all-consuming, emotional storyline the show has covered.

And considering we’re talking about This Is Us here, that’s a pretty big statement - most fans look like this while watching an episode: 

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Early in Season Two, we learnt that the Pearson family lost their home in a fire on the same day that Jack lost his life, leading us all to believe that, horrifically, Jack Pearson died in that fire… 

But maybe not.

As Refinery29 has shared, Reddit user Weezerluva369 has a pretty, pretty, pretty interesting theory about Jack’s death and it’s all because of two tiny details that most of us watching along missed. 

If you recall, Kate (Chrissy Metz) was in a small car accident in Episode 5, ‘Brothers’ which led to a mini break down for the momma-to-be. Weezerluva369 wrote:

"Kate's reaction at the fender bender was EXTREMELY emotional, and [in my opinion], seemed to have some kind of traumatic association. The way she totally phased out like that, it comes across like mild PTSD. Rather than frantically touching her belly and freaking out a little, she went catatonic and looked truly terrified.

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"I've always thought that Jack died in a car accident trying to get home to the fire. What if Kate was in the car with him, or (more likely, considering that she wasn't hurt) called him to tell him to come home?" 

However, the point that stood out the most to us was: if Jack died in a fire, why were his belongings (which were in a plastic bag) undamaged in the back seat of Rebecca’s car? 


Oh, man. This show is just so damn good. 

Also, can we just take a moment to recognise the gift that is Milo Ventimiglia?

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You're welcome. 

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