Milo Ventimiglia is not holding back about how gut-wrenching the second half of the first season of This Is Us will be. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Ventimiglia, who plays patriarch Jack Pearson on the hit NBC drama, warned fans to expect even more tears when the second half of the season resumes in January.
“Oh, man, invest in tissues,” Milo told ET. “Maybe a warm blanket. Get a wine subscription. Just be open and ready for what we have coming your way. There are some beautiful scripts coming out and some beautiful work coming out.”
This Is Us fans have already shed plenty of tears throughout the show’s first 10 episodes, especially after the revelation that fan-favorite Jack is not alive in the present day. While the details behind the death of Ventimiglia’s character may not be completely revealed by the end of this season, Milo previously told ET the upcoming storyline will be extremely painful for fans.
“It’s going to hurt,” Ventimiglia told ET of the story behind his character’s demise. “It’s going to hurt real bad!”
“I think it’s going to be a ways off. You’re going to forget about it, you’re going to get wrapped up in the lives of Jack and Rebecca and the big three, and then when you’ve forgotten that he’s gone, we’re going to hit you with it and it’s going to crush you.”
This Is Us fans aren’t the only ones who are taking the show’s storylines hard. In an interview with People, Ventimiglia’s TV daughter, Chrissy Metz, said she was bawling when she found out her character Kate’s dad was indeed dead.
“Even watching the episode, I was sobbing,” Metz revealed. “For many, many reasons. But also, because we discover that he’s not with us. Although, we don’t know how, but we know that he’s not there.”
Milo Ventimiglia says he didn’t know his character would have a short lifespan when he originally took the role on This Is Us, but showrunner Dan Fogelman has assured him he will be part of the show for the long haul, thanks to those ’80s and ’90s flashback scenes.
“Honestly I hadn’t any idea that Jack was gone until after the pilot had been picked up and Dan started explaining more to us actors the idea where he wanted to go in the series,” Milo told Entertainment Weekly.
“When Dan told me, he goes, ‘Yeah, Jack dies.’ He of course told me when — I know when it all happens — but he said, ‘But it doesn’t mean you’re not on the show, Milo. You’re still here, but what we want to do is explore that idea of when the lessons of the parent stop. When you have given all you can to those kids and they move forward in life of their own making.”
Of course, Jack’s death won’t be the only tearjerker coming up on This Is Us. Several of the characters are embroiled in tissue-worthy arcs, including William (Ron Cephas Jones), who is battling stage 4 stomach cancer, and Toby (Chris Sullivan) who blindsided us at the end of the show’s midseason finale by collapsing during the family’s Christmas Eve festivities.
While we already know that Jack and William have limited time left, Milo Ventimiglia’s TV son, Justin Hartley, told Us Weekly that Toby’s fate could be dire, too.
“You think you want to know [what happens to Toby], but you don’t want me to tell you,” Hartley said.
You can see Milo Ventimiglia and the rest of the cast when This Is Us returns Jan. 10 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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