This Is Us’ Big Fire Scene Was Terrifying To Film, According To Milo Ventimiglia

Jack right before his death

While there are tons of great shows on TV and streaming services, there is one series known for reducing the public to tears every single episode: NBC's This Is Us. The Pearsons' multi-generational drama always has at least one or two tear jerker moments, but there are a few episodes that stand out as the most emotional. Chief among them is Season 2's gut wrenching "Super Bowl Sunday", where the cause of Jack's death was finally revealed to the emotional fans. It was an epic episode, where Milo Ventimiglia's Jack attempted to save his family and the dog from the Pearson's fiery home. Ventimiglia recently spoke to the terrifying nature of filming the episode, with real fire being used in those pulse pounding sequences.

Our live effects crew that were in charge of it were so responsible, but still when you're staring at a seven-foot wall of flames, it's hard not to be completely intimidated by the brutal, fierce fear of what that represents.

It looks like, aside from being an otherwise acclaimed TV actor, Milo Ventimiglia's performance in "Super Bowl Sunday" did have some assistance. Namely, that there were terrifying walls of flame that he had to navigate, sometimes with his young co-star in tow. But no pressure, Milo.

Milo Ventimiglia's comments to EW reveal how much practical affects were used when filming This Is Us' most devastating episode yet. While other shows might work in some fire with CGI, NBC's top drama pulled out all the stops to give Jack's death episode the biggest effect. Enter Milo Ventimiglia, who had quite a few scenes within the flaming house, as the Pearson patriarch attempted to save his family after a crock pot caught fire overnight. The flames were real, as were Ventimiglia's reactions to the burning hallway. And that's how you get an Emmy nom.

Ultimately, This Is Us pulled a fast one on the fans, who were convinced that Jack would perish from within the house. But he actually made it out alive, only to die from complications related to smoke inhalation. This allowed the audience to feel the waves of terror, relief, and pain that Rebecca did during that harrowing day. The family has never really recovered from Jack's death, and now it's clear why.

It should be interesting to see how Milo Ventimiglia's signature This Is Us character is used when the show returns for Season 3. With Jack's death revealed and his memories all being in the past, should we expect less of him this time around? One thing is clear: This Is Us loves twists and turns, and whatever the show throws at the fans will be unexpected and emotionally devastating.

This Is Us will return for Season 3 September 25th on NBC. In the meantime, check out our fall premiere list to plan your next binge watch. Plus our Amazon premiere list and superhero premiere list to ensure you don't miss a single episode of your favorite show.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.