Chris Sullivan — best known for playing Toby on the show — was asked to give spoilers about Jack’s death, and he didn’t hold back when it came to Milo Ventimiglia’s character’s demise!
“Jack’s not dead,” the 36-year-old funnyman joked. “Jack’s hiding in Cuba.”
Oh man — if only that were true!
Of course, there are a few things we do know about Jack’s death — if you aren’t caught up, you may want to stop reading now!
First of all, we know that Jack’s death occurred sometime when the Big 3 (Kate aka Chrissy Metz, Kevin aka Justin Hartley, and Randall aka Sterling K. Brown) were teenagers; not only is he totally absent from their adult lives, but we also caught glimpse of their teenage selves at his funeral.
Additionally, we know that Kate took his death the hardest — at one point even telling her fiancé, Toby, that she’s “the reason he’s dead.”
Beyond that, however, fans are still in the dark; the cast recently gathered at a PaleyFest panel and confirmed that Kate isn’t directly responsible for her father’s death — meaning, she didn’t kill him, accidentally or otherwise — but didn’t reveal much else.
One popular theory is that Jack dies in a plane crash — with fans pointing to Kevin’s decision to abandon his toy planes and Kate’s fear of flying as possible hints to his demise (it’s worth noting, there was a real-life plane crash that happened outside of Pittsburgh in 1994 — around the same time of Jack’s fictional death — that killed everyone aboard).
Looks like we’ll just have to wait and see — This Is Us returns Sept. 19.
Did you know Toby wears a fat suit on the show? Scroll through the gallery to see Chris Sullivan out of character!