‘This Is Us’ Season 4: Will Jack Pearson Return?

This is Us is a dramatic and addictive show on NBC that chronicles the lives of three siblings: Kate, Kevin, and Randall Pearson. The show does an exceptional job of showing us every aspect of their lives through vivid flashbacks.

The unique way that this show flips back and forth from the past to the present allows an entire story to be told one piece at a time. The ingenious way that the creators have decided to tell the story means that there are a lot of dramatic moments evenly distributed throughout the entire series. It also leaves a lot of holes in the middle of the story that make us count down the hours until we can watch the next episode to find out the answer.

That statement was especially true on season three when we learned of Jack’s death. The death of the family’s patriarch left many wondering if we would see him again on season four. And if we do see him, will he be played by the same actor, Milo Ventimiglia? Or will the show only focus on a much younger Jack during flashbacks? 

While there are still a lot of questions to be answered about Season 4, here is what we know about the future of Jack Pearson.

How did Jack die?

On the episode entitled “Super Bowl Sunday,” Jack left an old crockpot on to cook overnight and it accidentally caught fire. Luckily, Jack was able to smell the smoke, but by the time he got into the room, the fire had already spread to most of the room. He and his wife tried desperately to get the fire under control, but eventually just decided to get everyone out of the house.

Once everyone was safe and out of the house, Jack went back in to grab the pet dog and a few other important items, including a video that showed Kate singing. After everything and everyone was out, Jack noticed that his hands were burned and he had a bit of a cough. Wanting to make sure that his burns were treated, Rebecca decided to take him to the hospital where one of the saddest moments of the entire show went down. 

Jack’s heart and lungs were more damaged by the smoke than he and Rebecca had thought and the damage was apparently so severe that Jack tragically, and very unexpectedly, passed away.

Season 4 will show the life of Rebecca as a widow

According to Cosmopolitan, Mandy Moore told People Magazine that Season 4 would go into more detail about how life was for Rebecca and the children after Jack died.

“It’s a big lonely road that she is sort of staring down the barrel of, but she always comes out on top,” Mandy said when talking about how her character will deal with the loss of her husband.

Will Jack Pearson return for Season 4?

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According to Good Housekeeping, the show’s creator, Dan Fogelman, said that season four of This is Us will be a “very past-heavy season.” Although we will see Rebecca as a widow, the story does not seem like it is over yet for Jack.

We have seen what life was like for the couple once they have kids, but we still don’t really know a lot about their lives before they had children.

Milo Ventimiglia (who plays Jack) and Mandy Moore (who plays Rebecca) have also commented on Season 4 hinting that when it comes to Jack and Rebecca’s story, the show will now be more focussed on the couple when they were younger. So, next season we may get to see what life was like for Jack and Rebecca when they were just dating and had not yet had any kids.

While Jack might not play as big a role in this next season as he has in the past, there is still a good chance that we will be seeing him again.