Milo Ventimiglia Says ‘This Is Us’ Midseason Finale Will Be ‘Bloody’

Milo Ventimiglia has a way with words when describing the NBC drama This Is Us. In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Ventimiglia, who plays patriarch Jack Pearson on the breakout drama series, says viewers should prepare for a very bloody Christmas on the midseason finale, titled “Last Christmas.”

“It’s going to get bloody,” Milo told THR. “Yeah, it’s going to get bloody. That’s about all I can say.”

Ventimiglia also described the episode as “bloody” in an interview with Access Hollywood.

But before you get images of slasher films in your head, let’s explain. The Pearson family is already in turmoil after Randall’s (Sterling K. Brown) Thanksgiving Day revelation that his mom Rebecca (Mandy Moore) kept a whopper of a secret from him for the past 36 years, so Milo could mean “bloody” in a metaphorical way. And based on the “Last Christmas” press release and the trailer for the episode, the bloodshed could have something to do with a hospital scene or two.

Milo Ventimiglia told THR that the return of Dr. Katowsky (Gerald McRaney) will take place in the midseason finale episode. The good doc hasn’t been seen since the second episode of the series, which was titled “Kyle.”

“Dr. K is kind of responsible for The Big Three,” Ventimiglia said.

“He by chance found himself involved in the birth of Jack and Rebecca’s kids, and when one of the babies died during delivery, the speech that he gave Jack in the hallway was something that moved Jack to keep the desire to bring home three babies and adopt Randall’s character and keep that idea of family alive. Visiting Dr. K several years later, having him pop up in the story, he’s a man that holds great weight with the family and has a deep impact. Given the circumstance that we meet him again [in the midseason finale] and find them together, hopefully, they can have an impact on him as well.”

The This Is Us trailer shows an ailing Dr. K in a hospital bed in the upcoming episode, with glimpses of surgery scenes. But how did the Pearson family find out he was in the hospital to begin with? According to a This Is Us press release posted by the Futon Critic, the Pearsons find themselves at the hospital on Christmas Eve when 8-year-old Kate comes down with appendicitis. The family then runs into the doctor who delivered twins Kevin and Kate and later convinced Jack and Rebecca to adopt an abandoned baby after their third triplet died during delivery. In another story arc, the present day Kate “continues to pursue” her gastric bypass surgery.

Milo Ventimiglia issued his weekly warning that the upcoming episode of This Is Us will be a tearjerker, so let’s hope nothing bad happens to Dr. K or any of the Pearson family members.

In the trailer, Rebecca Pearson tells her kids, “Nothing bad ever happens on Christmas Eve.”

Speaking of bad things, Ventimiglia told THR he is totally in the know when it comes to his own character’s ultimate death.

“Yes, I do know how,” Milo said of his character’s impending passing. “Yes, I do know when. But I don’t consider it. The how and the when is less important to Jack’s journey of life with his wife and his kids…I don’t think Jack is looking at his end and thinking it’s going to come early or late. He just wants as much time as he can possibly get with his wife and kids. It’s really simple when you think about it, it’s a life well lived.

You can see Milo Ventimiglia and the rest of the cast when the “Last Christmas” episode of This Is Us airs Tuesday at 9 p.m. on NBC.

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