Leave a Comment
While we're only a few episodes in, Season 2 of This is Us has already reduced its fanbase to blubbering messes. The story of the Pearson family is one that is always expanding, especially in regards to the flashback sequences. The fanbase has been particularly interested to see how exactly Milo Ventimiglia's Jack dies, and were originally disappointed when the mystery wasn't addressed in the Season 1 finale. But Season 2 has already begun unraveling more of the mystery, as the final shot of the premiere revealed a house fire, likely with Jack in it. Mandy Moore had to act her heart out in that scene, and she recently revealed why she's happy This is Us is taking its time with Jack's death.
It will absolutely be worth the wait. I just think there are other elements of this family and their story unfolding that it's fascinating and just as heartbreaking. That loss is something that has reverberated throughout the family and has affected everybody's life in such a deep way. There are emotional ramifications that have already happened onscreen because of this death.
Mandy Moore's statement to EW does bring up a good point. Because while This is Us fans may want to have the mystery surrounding Jack's death to be solved, the series is methodically revealing how the surviving characters dealing with the loss. This makes each character's mourning feel more significant, rather than rushing into their initial reaction to Jack's death. And with details slowly being revealed throughout the course of Season 2, finally learning the truth will be an earned and emotional moment for the fandom.
And Mandy Moore seems to believe that the clues and details are going to slowly build up. The singer/actress hopes This is Us fans pay attention to these moments in the flashbacks, rather than solely focusing on the actual cause of Jack's death.
You just hope that people are noticing those things and taking that into account that it's not just going to be about the aha! moments, like, 'Oh, so that's what it is!' That's going to happen --- and that's fine --- but I hope people aren't missing some of the more nuanced parts of what the show is really about.
While this idea is one that TV fans should probably pay attention to, This is Us fans seem to be completely fixated on how Jack loses his life. But Season 2 may help to give Jack another focus, as it's begun focusing on his drinking problem and how it affects the rest of the family. There's already been some serious tear jerker moments, and the show will no doubt break our hearts every week until Season 2 concludes.