‘This Is Us’ Cast Weighs in on Fan Theories About Jack’s Death

How good are those guesses? This Is Us fans have concocted no shortage of theories for how Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) dies, and the NBC drama’s cast weighed in on a few of the more popular hunches during a PaleyFest panel in Hollywood on Saturday, March 18.

Milo Ventimiglia as Jack in This Is Us
Milo Ventimiglia as Jack in 'This Is Us.' Ron Batzdorff/NBC

During the press event, all of the cast members in attendance indicated that they know how the beloved Pearson family patriarch meets his demise. Moderator Kristin Dos Santos wanted to get into specifics and threw out a couple of theories, including that Jack died in the 9/11 attacks. Sterling K. Brown (Randall) replied, “No. He was in Pittsburgh.”

When Dos Santos suggested that some fans are convinced that Rebecca’s (Mandy Moore) current husband and Jack’s former best friend, Miguel (Jon Huertas), may have killed Jack, Brown said, “That’s horrible!” And after the moderator suggested the possibility that it was Kate (Chrissy Metz) who killed Jack, given that she told Toby (Chris Sullivan) in a recent episode that her dad’s death was her fault, Metz responded, “Jeez!”

Kristin Dos Santos, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa Ron Cephas Jones, Susan Kelechi Watson, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan and Gerald McRaney
Kristin Dos Santos, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa, Ron Cephas Jones, Susan Kelechi Watson, Sterling K. Brown, Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Justin Hartley, Chrissy Metz, Chris Sullivan and Gerald McRaney attend The Paley Center For Media's 34th Annual PaleyFest Los Angeles 'This Is Us' Panel Discussion at the Dolby Theatre on March 18, 2017, in Hollywood. Greg Doherty/Getty Images

Upon hearing that some hopeful fans have been clinging to the theory that Jack is still alive or faked his own death, Justin Hartley (Kevin) quipped, “He’s raising Miguel’s kids.”

Some fans were presumably hoping to get more clues during the March 14 season 1 finale about Jack’s still-mysterious death, but almost no details were revealed, with the episode instead focusing on tense moments in Jack and Rebecca’s marriage. Ventimiglia previously told Us Weekly Video that the show is a “ways off” from showing the death, but the actor added that “people are going to be crushed when that moment comes.”

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