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This Is Us Fans Tell Kate Not To Blame Herself for Jack's Death, But Should She?

Do you suspect Jack died a different way? Take our poll.

by | March 8, 2017 | Comments

Even by This Is Us standards, which is a three hankie minimum every week, “What Now?” was an emotional episode. Everyone knew William (Ron Cephas Jones)’s memorial would be powerful, but probably didn’t expect all the extra baggage it unleashed.

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The service brought back Kate (Chrissy Metz)’s painful memories of Jack (Milo Ventimiglia)’s death, for one. The bride-to-be finally told her fiancé, Toby (Chris Sullivan), the heartbreaking reason she avoids talking about her father’s passing: She feels it’s her fault.

Earlier in the episode, young Kate (Mackenzie Hancsicsak) sensed the turmoil in Jack and Rebecca (Mandy Moore)’s marriage. In the car, she told Jack to try to work it out. But in the final scene of the episode, it appears Jack’s decision to fight for his marriage came at a bad time. He looks visibly drunk as he gets into his car, and the promo for the season finale hints at an automobile accident.

Immediately, Team Kate on Twitter jumped to her defense:


Perhaps more importantly, Jack of all people certainly wouldn’t want Kate feeling this way:


Some fans noticed the foreshadowing earlier in the episode:

Others are awaiting confirmation about what actually happened in the season finale next week. This Is Us confirmed five episodes in that Jack was not alive in 2016 (and hinted at his fate in the series premiere). We’ve seen glimpses of his funeral, but the show still hasn’t confirmed when it happened. Each week has contained a pretty major twist reveal, but maybe the biggest twist of all would be if the show kept fans in the dark about his fate until next season.


Then again, fans of This Is Us know there could always be another twist. Scarlett Splane, below, even noticed some behind-the-scenes photos of Jack meeting Rebecca again.


One thing is for sure, Kate and Jack’s relationship seems pretty universal:


And it wouldn’t be This Is Us without plenty of tears:

The season finale of This Is Us airs Tuesday, March 14 at 9/8C on NBC


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