We’re halfway through the second season of This Is Us, and fans of the show still don’t know when or the details of how Jack Pearson died. Although viewers have learned some bits and bobs about the Pearson clan, there’s been very little new information revealed about Jack since we found out he likely perished in a fire in episode one (aside from the fact he once had a brother named Nicky).
Creator Dan Fogelman told Entertainment Weekly back in September that the fire in season 2 wasn’t a red herring. So we know that that, at least, is a sure thing. Now, a new fan theory from Redditor MaineSoxGuy93 suggests that Jack’s fate will be revealed to viewers on the real-life 20th anniversary of his death.
They wrote: “A thought just occurred to me. The Big 3 were born in 1980. 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.”
MaineSoxGuy93 makes an intriguing case. We know for certain—thanks to episodes we’ve already seen—that Jack dies during Randall, Kate, and Kevin’s senior year of high school. The show is seasonally accurate, so when it comes back in early 2018 after its winter recess, the Pearson kids will likely be starting the second semester of their senior year.
Fogelman also revealed in the same September EW interview that we won’t have to wait until the last episode. “It’s fair to say you’re not going to learn everything about Jack’s death next week, but you’re not going to wait until the season finale, either,” he said. “It’ll be somewhere in between.”
It really is perfect timing for the writers, and it definitely gives MaineSoxGuy93’s theory some legs. The only thing to do now is mark our calendars for the show’s return on January 2.
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