‘This Is Us’ Star Milo Ventimiglia on Last Night’s Gut-Wrenching Reveal
If you're still all in your feelings over last night's episode of This Is Us, come sit by us.
Though we suspected since the second episode that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) is no longer with us, "The Game Plan" confirmed our fears when Kate introduced Toby to her dad, whose remains are in an urn on her mantle.
Along with the beautiful discussion between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and his nieces about life and death, we were pretty much destroyed before the credits rolled. If it's any consolation, Milo was right there with us, admitting he "cried maybe three times" over the course of the episode.
The answer to this mystery has brought plenty of follow-up questions, which Milo addressed in an interview with ETOnline.
One of those questions is how long Jack has been dead, with many of us feeling Kate (Chrissy Metz) hinted at 2006 — the year she reignited her Steeler fandom — as the time period in which he passed away.
"Oh yeah, look there's going to be all kinds of theories about when it actually happened and I know everybody's talking about 2006," the Gilmore Girls star says.
But he stresses we shouldn't dwell on then, when and how.
"Don't worry about it! All you have to know is Jack is not around in the present day and wherever he is, he is on Kate's mantle wearing a Steelers hat."
However, Milo stokes our curiosity some more by revealing he knows the entire backstory.
"Oh yeah, I know how and when. I know it all."
As for when we'll know, too?
"I think when [creator' Dan [Fogelman] wills it, when he decides that it's right for the audiences to know at what point Jack stopped being a teacher for his children or being a husband to his wife."
One thing we can expect to learn more about soon is Jack's career. Episode 6, "Career Day" will deal with that topic and more revelations about the Pearson family.
After last night, we'll be sure to have the tissues at the ready just in case.
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.