We’re definitely not ready for Jack’s forthcoming death scene on This Is Us, especially after enduring William’s heartbreaking demise on the February 21 episode. As the NBC drama’s fans know, the patriarch of the Pearson family, Jack (Milo Ventimiglia), will pass away at some point while his triplets Kate, Randall, and Kevin are teenagers. We still don’t know many specifics, but some viewers believe they’ve stumbled upon a major hint.
Fans have come up with no shortage of possible causes for Jack’s death, including one theory that started taking hold after the February 14 episode and focuses on the character’s drinking habit potentially playing a role in his passing. It also centers on the fact that his daughter, Kate (Chrissy Metz), has been so deeply affected by his absence.
The gut-wrenching Valentine’s Day episode ended on a sour note, with Jack and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) fighting over whether or not she should go on tour with her ex-boyfriend and bandmate Ben (Sam Trammell). Jack was furious at his wife when he learned that she hadn’t told him about her previous relationship with Ben. Jack, years sober after a previous struggle with alcohol, capped the night with a solo trip to his and Rebecca’s favorite local dive, where he downed a double Makers on the rocks. This twist, along with the fact that Kate admitted to boyfriend Toby (Chris Sullivan) that she wasn’t ready to reveal how her father died, caused a bit of a social-media frenzy.
Many fans have since speculated that Jack drove home that night and got into a fatal car accident. But some viewers took it one step further, saying it had to do with Kate. One prevailing theory among some diehard This Is Us theorists is that Kate called Jack to pick her up that night, and that he perished in a crash on his way to get her because he was too intoxicated to drive safely. If it’s true, it’s pretty shocking and brutal.
Ventimiglia spoke to Us Weekly Video recently and revealed that Jack’s death won’t take place during season 1. He also said that while he hasn’t been reading fan theories about the dreaded scene, he likes that fans’ imaginations are running wild: “What I appreciate is that audiences are interested, and they’re thinking, they’re thinking, they’re thinking.”
Check out some tweets below about this chilling hypothesis.
I wonder if Jack died from drunk driving while on the way to find/get Kate. Like she ran away from home or something. #ThisIsUs
— That One Girl (@7ACKattack) February 16, 2017
— Stephanie Baker (@step5253) February 15, 2017
Update to previous #ThisIsUs theory: Kate calls Jack to pick her up for some reason and he was drunk. Rebecca was on tour and he kills a…
— Mary Garten (@MLSGarten) February 15, 2017
#ThisIsUs theory about Jack’s death: Teen Kate gets involved w/ an older guy who is bad news. She calls Jack to pick her up but he is DUI…
— Caren (@Caren) February 15, 2017
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This Is Us airs on NBC Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET.
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