Milo Ventimiglia knows the impending death of his This Is Us character, Jack Pearson, is a lose-lose situation. Ventimiglia, who hasn’t laid his hands on any scripts for the upcoming second season of the breakout NBC drama, says that while he knows how his character died, he is a little frustrated by the backlash the show received from some viewers after the first season finale didn’t offer any further clues to the cause of the Pearson patriarch’s untimely demise.
“I know how [Jack dies], I know when, I know why,” Milo told The New York Post.
But that doesn’t mean he thinks viewers need to know just yet. In fact, Milo Ventimiglia wonders why This Is Us fans want to see his character dead instead of just enjoying the time he has left with his wife and kids.
“It bothered me that people were so wrapped up in wanting to know [about] Jack’s death,” Ventimiglia told the Post.
“Whenever someone would say to me, ‘I was bummed I didn’t find out,’ I would say, ‘I’m disappointed you didn’t focus on his life.’ People are dissatisfied no matter what. If Jack dies: ‘Why did you kill him?’ If Jack lives: ‘Why didn’t you show us how he died?’ People just need to calm down … and understand that things are going to unfold as they’re supposed to unfold.”
Some This is Us fans were outraged that the first season of the show ended with a breakup cliffhanger instead of new information on Jack’s death storyline. It was revealed early in the first season of the time-jumping drama that the Pearson patriarch is not alive in the present day and is only seen in flashback scenes. Ventimiglia’s character died sometime in the mid-1990s when his three kids were teenagers, which is the era the Season 1 finale was set in, and his wife Rebecca (Mandy Moore) went on to marry his best friend, Miguel (Jon Huertas).
While Milo has seemed sympathetic to This Is Us fans’ grievance in the past—Ventimiglia previously told Entertainment Tonight that Jack’s death will be addressed early on in Season 2 because it would be “a slap in the face” if it wasn’t—he still doesn’t completely understand why fans need to know the whens and the hows right now.
“It blows me away that everybody is dying to know, but at the same time, I get it,” Milo told ET. “It’s a curiosity.”
But Milo Ventimiglia took the opportunity to remind fans once again that they should watch Jack live his life in the 1970s, ’80s, and early ’90s instead of focusing on a dead pool.
“What I tell people is the novel that is Jack’s life is much more interesting than the footnote of his death,” Ventimiglia told ET.
“Paying attention to how the man lived, especially now with dire times. His wife and he are not together at the end of the season, so you want to see them repaired and put back together.”
This isn’t the first time Milo Ventimiglia has had a “beef” with his fans. Following the success of the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix (Milo reprised his role of Jess Mariano for the four-part reboot), the actor said fans who are hoping for a revival of the revival probably need to cut the cord.
“I do kind of feel like audiences shouldn’t get so greedy,” Ventimiglia told Variety. “They were given a last serving of pie — why don’t we just leave it at that?”
Milo Ventimiglia returns to This Is Us for season 2 this September on NBC.
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