Your fan theory about Jack’s death is ‘not in the vicinity of being right’

THIS IS US -- "The Right Thing to Do" Episode 111 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)
THIS IS US -- "The Right Thing to Do" Episode 111 -- Pictured: Milo Ventimiglia as Jack Pearson -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC) /

At the NBC’s FYC Emmy event Wednesday night, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman shut down all your Jack’s death theories.

Swiftly on the heels of telling folks that answers are coming in the second season, This Is Us creator Dan Fogelman shared that whatever it is you’re thinking is probably wrong. Which is actually kind of refreshing, because man, some of those fan theories are dark.

The question of Jack’s death will be wrapped up — as well as how Miguel and Rebecca get together — in season 2, and Fogelman teased that a massive piece of the puzzle will arrive as early as the first episode. But will the puzzle piece even stand out? Who is to say when all our previous ideas are apparently so off-base.

Popular Jack’s death theories include a plane crash (possibly but not necessarily the ’94 USAir jet crash outside Pittsburgh, evidence: Kate’s plane freakout; Kevin’s lack of model airplanes) or a car crash (drunk driving). There’s the “Wrong Time, Wrong Place” theory i.e. Jack dies trying to be a good guy during a bank robbery or something and the house fire theory, which frankly just sounds like a few too many people saw Manchester By the Sea at the same time. A lot of people on Reddit think Miguel murdered (!) him and some deeply dark folk have a working and heartbreaking suicide theory.

You all, as Vulture reports, would be wrong:

"“Do you guys read everything online?” [Fogelman] asked the audience of mostly Emmy voters. “I don’t. My writers read a lot. I have not quite seen anyone in the vicinity of being right.”"

Miguel the murderer, Rebecca or Kate accidentally or incidentally killing him and a plane crash all came up at a panel event earlier this year, so it’s safe to say those are just a few of the theories Fogelman’s heard, seen and is actively discrediting. The gun shot / convenience theory also seems widespread enough to be on the show’s staff’s radar so really that leaves us at quite a loss. Thankfully, answers are coming.