Jack Pearson, please don’t go.
Warning: Spoilers for the first and second seasons of This Is Us ahead.
After nearly two full seasons, This Is Usfinally revealed how the life-changing fire at the Pearson family home started, and ever since we’ve been hardcore Randall-ing out.
In Tuesday’s episode, titled “That’ll Be the Day,” fans learned that a finicky old Crock-Pot is to blame for the destructive blaze that may (or may not) end Jack’s life. But as the house went up in flames the episode left viewers on perhaps one of the most painful cliffhangers in the history of television.
As we anxiously await the remaining episodes, which promise to answer some of our most long-standing questions about Jack’s death, we can’t help but agonize over how our favorite TV dad is about to die.
So in direct defiance of Milo Ventimiglia’s that we all stop obsessing over how his character died and instead celebrate his life, here are four of the most popular theories that could explain how Jack Pearson will meet his demise.
1. Jack dies rescuing Kate
“You remember when I told you I couldn’t talk about my dad’s death? … That’s because I… it’s my fault. I’m the reason he’s dead,” Kate said.
With those words in mind the most plain and simple scenario would be that Jack dies attempting to rescue his daughter from the fire — but when has an episode of This Is Us ~ever~ been simple?
In the dramatically heartbreaking preview for “Across the Border” (S2, Ep14) we see Jack rushing to lead his wife and children to safety as the fire spreads throughout their house. Kate appears to be trapped behind some burning wood, screaming “Dad!” so this could theory could wind up playing out, but we have a feeling there’s a lot more to it.
2. Jack braves the fire to rescue the dog
For those who find the first theory a bit too predictable, consider this: Jack dies rescuing the family dog, Louie.
As we’ve come to learn from past episodes Kate absolutely adores this dog, so it’s possible that after the family makes it out safely she breaks down after realizing the dog’s still inside.
We could totally see Jack risking his life to save a dog. (Heck, we could see him risking his life to rescue that tape he recorded of Kate singing into her mirror for goodness sake.)
More clues that support this theory popped up in Tuesday’s episode when viewers saw a present-day Kate nervously considering and eventually adopting a new dog. In flashback mode we also saw a heartfelt moment where Jack pet Louie right before the fire started.
BTW, we already know the pup survives, as he was shown in a flashback with a shaken-up Kate and Randall at Miguel’s house, after the fire.
3. Jack dies attempting to save Kevin (???!)
Though viewers are made aware Kevin is spending the night at his girlfriend Sophie’s house from a phone call seen between him and his mom, Rebecca, Cosmo suggests Rebecca forgot to inform Jack that Kevin wouldn’t be returning home that night.
Later in the episode when Randall came home from his date Jack said to him, “I thought you were Kevin,” which leads us to believe Jack was still expecting Kevin to arrive home later that evening.
Then, before going upstairs to bed Jack wrote Kevin a note explaining if he didn’t see him before heading to work the next day he loved him, and that Kevin owed him and Rebecca an apology for the way he acted earlier.
The theory suggests that if Jack was under the impression Kevin was downstairs in his room as the house burned (with his leg in a cast, don’t forget,) he could die attempting to save him.
(Though if this were actually the case, why would Kate be blaming herself for Jack’s death?)
4. Jack doesn’t actually die in the fire
Things are rarely what they seem on This Is Us, so bear with us while we ponder that maybe, just maybe, this fire isn’t technically what kills Jack.
We know the house burns down, sure, but do we really think this great man is just going to burn alive at the hands of a Crock-Pot?! We wouldn’t put it past the writers to have everyone make it out safely only to have another tragic event happen, like a car accident on the way to the hospital, or something that would further tear our wounded hearts to shreds.
Back in October, Bustle also brought up a very good point that when the house fire occurs Kevin has a cast on his leg, but he doesn’t appear to have the cast on at Jack’s funeral — a possible indication that some time passed between the fire and his death.
Unfortunately, the end is near
If Jack were to get out of the fire alive what would that even mean? Would smoke inhalation land him in the hospital for a while? Would he fall into a soap opera-like coma for a few weeks?
No matter how it happens, it’s coming up fast.
All we know for sure is that Rebecca returns to the family’s decimated house as a few firefighters are still on the scene. She’s wearing the same Steelers shirt she wore earlier on that fateful Super Bowl Sunday, and a bag of Jack’s belongings — including his wedding ring, wallet, and more — is next to her on the passenger seat.
For some concrete answers, be sure to tune in to the next revealing episode, airing directly after the Super Bowl on Feb. 4. And for the love of all things worth waiting for, don’t forget to set your DVR for additional time in case the game runs long.
Also, remember to buy extra tissues on your Super Bowl snacks grocery trip. And batteries! ALWAYS BATTERIES. Okay, bye.
‘Fleabag’ sticks the landing with a masterful final season
The inimitable Phoebe Waller-Bridge returns for a masterful season of ‘Fleabag.’
“In the same month that Avengers: Endgame arguably stuck the landing and Game of Thrones … will end, one way or another, Amazon airs the second and final season of Fleabag, a master class in character, emotion, and how to end a story with enviable magnificence.
We catch up with our unnamed heroine Fleabag (writer/creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge) over a year after the events of Season 1. In the firecracker of a season premiere, she breaks the acrimonious silence with her sister (Sian Clifford) to focus on their father’s (Bill Paterson) wedding.
Enter the Priest.
The phenomenally cast Andrew Scott catches Fleabag’s eye from the get-go. At first he’s hot, then he’s “cool and swear-y,” and then she’s popping around the church to bond with him over a canned G&T, pretending she isn’t obsessed with his neck and that he’s not visibly flustered to see her during a sermon……………………………………………………………….”
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“Hulu’s new original dramedy Ramy is the latest in a surge of television shows about millennials coming to terms with their identity. It’s difficult not to compare it with counterparts like Insecure, Fleabag, Atlanta, Master of None, Dear White People, all of which are masterful in capturing the farrago of human emotions through nuanced humor and deep reflection.
But Ramy distinguishes itself through the revolutionary lens of its creator and star, Ramy Youssef. He brings his experiences growing up as an Egyptian-American Muslim in New Jersey to the show without holding anything back.
The first episode opens with Ramy getting lectured by his mother about finding a “high quality” woman at the mosque. This is followed by a scene involving him, an older traditional Muslim man, and the necessity of washing toes. No words can do justice to this scene’s absurd greatness.
It is quickly established that Ramy is religious but doesn’t fully know to what extent. He enjoys premarital sex but refrains from alcohol and drugs. He is familiar with verses of the Quran but when he tells a prospective match he reads them in English instead of Arabic, she shuts him down. Questions about commitment to his own faith linger throughout the season as he goes on a journey to figure out the answers…………………………………………………………..”
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Even more zombies.
“A new spin-off series based in The Walking Dead universe is coming to AMC in 2020.
Hot on the trail of the ninth season of The Walking Dead, AMC announced that a second spin-off will start production this summer and premiere sometime in 2020, IGN reported Monday. The new zombie show got a 10-episode order for its first season with Walking Dead writer Matt Negrete heading it up as a co-creator.
We don’t know a whole lot about the new Walking Dead show, but AMC did provide a short description that gives us a hint of what it will look like, saying the series will “feature two young female protagonists and focus on the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it. Some will become heroes. Some will become villains. In the end, all of them will be changed forever. Grown-up and cemented in their identities, both good and bad.”
While The Walking Dead kicked off right at the beginning of the apocalypse, it looks like this spin-off will start down the line from when zombies first started eating people in the U.S., long enough for its protagonists to have been teens or younger when it began.
Right now, it’s not clear who the protagonists are or if they’ll be connected to anyone in the main series or the other spin-off, Fear the Walking Dead. We do know that filming will be happening in Virginia, which is where the main series takes place now.
The Walking Dead has given us a glimpse at what youths in the zombie apocalypse look like throughout the series, although these kids and teens have never really been the focus.”
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