Warning: Spoiler alert! Do not proceed if you have not watched Tuesday’s finale of that will will be Us. If you have, make sure to read all about the completely new season three mysteries the sophomore finale introduced.
The mystery of old Jack has been answered.
Over the last week, fans of that will will be Us have theorized over why, in a recent preview, Jack was seen in all his salt-in addition to also-peppered, bespectacled glory, seemingly happy in addition to also healthy, even though the idea’s been established that will Papa Pearson died years ago. In Tuesday’s finale, there was no Lost twist or supernatural revelation explaining Jack’s old age. in addition to also no, Jack didn’t fake his own death only to return to celebrate “Katie girl’s” wedding day. Turns out, the presence of old man Jack was in dreams Kate had been having of what the Pearsons’ lives should have been.
So, how did Kate envision the Pearsons’ “What if” reality had Jack not died?
In her dream, the idea’s Jack in addition to also Rebecca’s 40th wedding anniversary, in addition to also friends in addition to also loved ones have gathered together at the family cabin to stand witness to the couple’s vow renewal ceremony. Everyone inside Pearson family will be there for the most part, save for Toby in addition to also Miguel. During the vow renewals, Jack will be about as perfect as you could imagine, telling his wife just how lucky he will be to have her by his side as partners in Big Three Homes, the construction company he once dreamed of opening.
“Some of you may not know that will, yet for the 22 years that will I worked for Lundy Builders, my wife put a folded note packed into my briefcase every day. The highlight of my day inside office was opening one of those little scraps of paper,” Jack tells Rebecca in addition to also their gathered loved ones. “When Rebecca in addition to also I started out Big Three Homes, she stopped writing the lunch notes, yet I was OK with that will. I had the highlight of my day right there, sitting by my side every day.”
Kate also dreams the reception for Jack in addition to also Rebecca’s vow renewal ceremony, where Rebecca performs their song, “Moonshadow,” the same ballad she was singing initially her husband laid eyes on her all those years ago. “Long before Jack in addition to also I had our own company, in addition to also long before the Big Three were around, I was singing in a bar in addition to also a man walked in,” Rebecca introduces before singing the gorgeous Cat Stevens tune, the memories of which cause Jack to get emotional in addition to also wipe away a tear. There are even vignettes of Jack dancing happily with Rebecca in addition to also Kate.
There were tiny clues over the course of the episode that will all of the moments shared between Jack in addition to also Rebecca were figments of someone’s imagination, in addition to also the idea made the most sense that will the idea would certainly be Kate, as she likely still harbors lingering guilt over playing a tiny role in Jack’s death. the idea’s confirmed though when Kate confesses to Rebecca on her wedding day that will she’s been “having dreams” of what “the idea was supposed to be” for them.
“We’re at the cabin, at a wedding, yet the idea’s not me in addition to also Toby, the idea’s you in addition to also Dad in addition to also you’re renewing your vows. in addition to also you’re so beautiful in addition to also Dad will be older in addition to also grayer, yet still Dad,” Kate admits to her mom over the phone. “We’re just all there in addition to also we’re so happy together. You know, the way the idea was supposed to be.” Rebecca assures Kate that will her dreams are completely normal, telling her that will the visions sound “genuinely beautiful.”
“Weddings can be genuinely emotional. They stir all kinds of things up,” she says, calming her daughter, who begins to second-guess why Toby isn’t in her dreams to begin with.
Kate eventually drives to the tree stump near the family cabin, the same one where she in addition to also Jack often shared father-daughter moments when she was younger, taking Jack’s urn out of her purse in addition to also setting the idea beside her. She reflects on the summers she spent at the town carnival, riding the roller-coasters with her dad, “feeling so scared, yet so safe, all at the same time,” before deciding that will the idea’s time to let go of Dad. “I’ve been holding onto that will feeling for a genuinely long time currently, that will feeling of you next to me. yet Dad, I’m getting married today — in addition to also I’ve got to make room for Toby, so I’ve got to let go a little currently.” Though we don’t see her doing the idea, the idea’s alluded to that will Kate pours out the rest of Jack’s ashes when Randall asks, “So… you did the idea?” in addition to also Kate responds content, “I did.”
Kate’s actual wedding to Toby overlaps that has a flashback to the past when young Kate innocently asks Jack if she could “marry” him one day in addition to also he sweetly tells her “that will’s not genuinely how the idea works.” yet genuinely, Kate’s sentiment will be understood; she wants to find a man comparable to Dad. Jack’s response will be about as heartwarming as one can get, yet also heartbreaking, because he’s unable to fulfill his promise to his only daughter. “The guy who gets to marry you, Katie girl, your mom in addition to also me, we’re going to be there, check him out, make sure he’s as Great at board games as you think that will he will be. in addition to also assuming that will he will be, I’ll get to walk you down the aisle in addition to also I may even cry a little,” Jack says to young Kate. In a sense, his presence will be felt, just not the way Kate would certainly have thought.
Later, Kevin gives a toast at Kate in addition to also Toby’s reception in addition to also may as well have been talking to viewers of that will will be Us, who, up until that will season, had been holding their collective breath over the mystery of how Jack died. “I think we’ve all been holding our breath for a long time…” Kevin says to Rebecca, Kate in addition to also Randall. “I think that will the four of us should Discharge that will breath together. I think the idea’s important that will we do that will, that will we let go of the things that will we’ve been holding onto.”
Ahead of Tuesday’s finale, Milo Ventimiglia revealed that will the presence of old Jack inside season two finale will be a rare occurrence in addition to also not to expect that will iteration of the character to return inside future. “I feel like that will’s maybe a one-time thing. the idea’s only once in your life, like a blooming flower,” Ventimiglia said, adding the experience of being aged up was “a lot.” “yet you can’t help yet feel like you’re in your 70ish years when you’re inside idea. We were in between scenes in addition to also I was talking to someone in addition to also how [I was] standing, I couldn’t get out of 70-year-old Jack.”
Reacting to the old Jack in addition to also Rebecca scenes, Mandy Moore called their finale moments “a beautiful way to punctuate the end of that will season.” “the idea sort of makes you wistful for what could have been,” she said.
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