Those who pay close attention when watching This Is Us (aka the people who are somehow not too busy sobbing to catch the less obvious plot points) might already have an idea of when the show is going to reveal the details of Jack’s death. We know it’s happening this season, but when exactly?
Fans definitely have their theories. One of them, which we have to say makes a lot of sense, puts together a lot of subtle clues and patterns from previous episodes of the show to predict exactly when the cause of Jack’s death will be revealed.
“The Big 3 were born in 1980,” one clever Redditor points out. “They are now 37. Jack died in their senior year of high school. So that means Jack died somewhere between 1997-98. That means the twentieth anniversary of his death is coming up. We will find out how he died on the 20th anniversary of his death.”
It makes sense, doesn’t it? Such a momentous anniversary couldn’t pass without the family doing something to commemorate it. And if they’re talking about Jack’s death, we’re sure they’ll reveal to viewers how it happened.
Even if it doesn’t happen on that day, it’s coming up soon. Series creator Dan Fogelman already let slip to Entertainment Weekly that this season will reveal what happened to Jack. But he also revealed that it will be a long process to learn the truth.
“In order to fully understand that year of their life, you don’t just do it one episode,” he explained. “You have to understand where they’re all at that time period, what had happened in the marriage, what was happening with those kids, what was happening with those kids vis a vis their father, before they lost him, that frames these 37-year-old people we’re seeing. Once we’ve done that, then we’ll see everything we need to know about Jack. And it will be this season.”
This much patience may be more than we can handle, at least where This Is Us is concerned. We need to know.