We’re still months away from the Season 3 fall premiere of This Is Us, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already start drooling over tidbits of information shared by the talented cast. The latest member of the Pearson family to share a snippet of information about the upcoming season is patriarch Jack, played by the ageless Milo Ventimiglia. According to the actor, This Is Us is heading back in time to learn about Jack’s past in the war. Good morning Vietnam, etc.
In a new interview with People Magazine, 40-year-old Ventimiglia revealed that his character will be heading back to his 20s in a time hop that will explore who Jack was before he met his wife Rebecca, played by Mandy Moore.
“We’re definitely going to see Jack in the Vietnam era,” says Ventimiglia. “At the end of the Super Bowl episode when people were ultimately confronted with how he passed away, there was a trailer to show Jack in a helicopter over Vietnam in uniform. We’re going to explore that side of Jack’s 20s and what brought him into the man that we all knew.”
Ventimiglia, who says that fans still stop him on the street and question whether Jack really died after the fire, will be able to draw from his own family’s experience in Season 3. The California native’s father, Peter Ventimigila, is also a Vietnam veteran.
While we’ve seen a few moments of Jack’s pre-Rebecca years, including his rocky relationship with his alcoholic father and his almost-decision to become a criminal, we don’t know much about Jack’s time in Vietnam. Thanks to a few childhood flashbacks and a picture of Jack in Vietnam standing next to a young man in heavily framed glasses, we know that Jack’s brother Nicky, who died at a young age, was also in the war with Jack. In the present, the adult Pearson kids have mentioned that their father never discussed his time in the war and rarely talked about his brother, which makes this time hop even more intriguing.
At the end of Season 2, a flash forward time hop scene showed Kevin and Zoe, Beth’s cousin who appears to be Kevin’s girlfriend in the future, on a plane headed for Vietnam. This could simply signal a trip for Kevin to get to know a part of his father’s life he’s unfamiliar with, but knowing This Is Us, we wouldn’t be surprised if there were more layers to the story. Maybe Nicky fathered a child while in Vietnam and Kevin is in search of his long-lost cousin? Maybe Nicky is buried in Vietnam and Kevin wants to visit his uncle’s grave? Maybe Nicky didn’t die, but was captured and presumed dead? With This Is Us, you can never truly be ready for all the curveballs.
One thing we are pretty sure about is that wherever the storyline takes us, we’ll be crying along the way.