This is Us has been giving us all the feels this entire fall, but last night offered up the show’s most emotional moment yet.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
As viewers had yet to see Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) appear in the present day storyline, and it was revealed that Rebecca (Mandy Moore) had married his best friend Miguel (Jon Huertas), many wondered exactly what could’ve torn the dream couple apart.
Sadly, everyone’s worst fears were realized at the end of last night’s episode when Kate (Chrissy Metz) introduced Toby (Chris Sullivan) to her father…by showing him an urn of Jack’s ashes.
Now that the secret is out, Ventimiglia opened up about his character’s death in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, though he added that the mystery of what happened to Jack isn’t quite over yet.
“It’s a little bittersweet,” he said of the reveal. “I think it’s great that everybody understands where Jack is and what it means, but at the same time, I personally think about, ‘Well, that means that Jack isn’t around his kids in the present day. When did that happen? When did he pass? At what point did his lessons to those kids stop? Do they take him as just a memory?’ Those are the things that I start to consider and wonder.”
As far as the story of how exactly Jack died, Ventimiglia says it’s going to be a long and emotional road until that information is revealed in the show, and viewers should just enjoy the ride.
“I think there’s going to be a whole lot of disrepair and repair that happens between where we see Jack now as well as where his end is met,” he told EW. “Of course, at this point, there’s going to be speculation as opposed to the acceptance of, ‘Oh wow, Jack’s not around.’ I would urge people to not worry too much about how and when, and just accept that Jack has limited time, and know that every moment he has with his kids, with his wife, is going to be the most important thing to him.”