"Writers must be popping champagne over that Kardashian joke right now," one fan tweets.
"This Is Us" fans have patiently waited for the past six months and 12 days to find out what happened to Jack Pearson, the imperfect patriarch played by Milo Ventimiglia and the Season 2 premiere Tuesday night provided viewers with a very large piece of that emotional puzzle.
Although the hit drama series didn't show Jack's demise, viewers did see a series of shots such as his wife Rebecca's (Mandy Moore) hysterical reaction when she sat outside their home, gutted from a fire, with Jack's personal effects in a plastic bag, hinting that he may have perished in a fire.
"Legitimate chills that last scene of #ThisIsUs I remember having those exact emotions when I lost my dad & it allll came back," one user tweeted.
But it wasn't all heartbreaking. Viewers also got a good belly laugh when Kevin (Justin Hartley), ironically said, "The Kardashian’s are like gremlins, by next week they'll be a bazillion more of 'em." The joke couldn't have had better timing since the news of Khloe Kardashian's pregnancy broke earlier in the day, just four days after reports of younger half-sister Kyle Jenner's pregnancy began circulating.
"That #Kardashians reference on @NBCThisisUs ...HOW DID KEVIN KNOW? #ThisIsUs @justinhartley," one user tweeted.
Oh its coming, are we ready? My heart sank but i expected it. By 🔥 ouch. #ThisIsUs— Λ N Đ I ❥ (@andicend) September 27, 2017
Theory: Random Dog with Kate. House catches fire. Jack goes in to save her dog. Season 1 Kate said it was her fault he died: #ThisIsUs— Ashli Mazer (@AshliMazer) September 27, 2017
The #ThisIsUs writers must be popping champagne over that Kardashian joke right now.— JessSaying (@Sleepy_Viking) September 27, 2017
So which #ThisIsUs writer saw the future to make that Kardashian joke even more accurate?— Jennifer Noble (@brightasarose) September 27, 2017
There's NO WAY JACK DIED IN THE FIRE. He's either in rehab, jail, or something else. #ThisIsUs— Kayla Shapiro (@kayla_shap14) September 27, 2017
Please tell me #ThisisUs didn't add the gremlin-Kardashian line in post and that the writers are actually fortune tellers.— Rachel (@Rachelhatch_) September 27, 2017
Jack didn't die in the fire. He had his personal effects in the car in a ziplock. They just threw us a major twist? #ThisIsUs— 🌹Mandy🌹 (@strong4895) September 27, 2017
Ironic they joke about the Kardashian family growing on the same day news breaks that Khloe Kardashian is allegedly preggo. #ThisIsUs— Coti Howell (@CotiHowell) September 27, 2017
Theories anybody? Are we sure it's the fire that killed him? I don't think so because his belongings are still intact. Hmmmmm #ThisIsUs— Kayla Shapiro (@kayla_shap14) September 27, 2017
Wow writers must really being giving themselves a pat on the back for that kardashian joke, timely! #ThisIsUs— Francesca (@BarstoolFran) September 27, 2017
Trying to figure out the Kate connection to her fathers death and the fire. She had said she was at fault. #ThisIsUs— Lisa Forsberg (@Lforsb01) September 27, 2017
damn it, #thisisus... you did it again. 😭😭😭— Jill (@jirrrian) September 27, 2017
Ok, but #ThisIsUs destroyed me. Like, I couldn't breath because I was CHOKING on my tears 😭— Rachel Abel (@RachelAbel) September 27, 2017
#ThisIsUs I'm sure tweeted by many but omg I have not had more tears roll down my face from a sitcom in my 47 years of life. Phenomenal show— Jets Hockey CAHL (@JetsCAHL) September 27, 2017
Did #ThisIsUs write that Kardashian joke today?! That was impeccable timing— Nate (@BarstoolNate) September 27, 2017
Do we think Jack died in a fire, or he set his house ablaze and was taken in for arson? Why did she have his personal effects? #ThisIsUs— Nicole Rose (@NicCoady) September 27, 2017
leave it to #ThisIsUs to leave me emotionally unstable at 1am— josh romer (@josh_romer) September 27, 2017
There was a clue to Jack's death the entire time. Randall was left at a fire house. Jack died in a house fire. #ThisIsUs— Selena (@hatrackstuffing) September 27, 2017
WHO KNEW IT ONLY TOOK 60 SECONDS TO RIP OUT MY HEART #ThisIsUs— Catherine McParland (@Cat_McParland) September 27, 2017
Impressive: Mandy Moore's reaction in the final scene of the #ThisisUs season premiere was done in one take.— Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman) September 27, 2017
IT NEVER FAILS! I have never made it thru a single episode without crying my eyes out! What a season premiere! What an ending! #ThisIsUs 😭😭😭— Debra Palermo (@debrapalermo) September 27, 2017
I feel really unprepared emotionally for the rest of this season on #ThisIsUs— Nic (@PeralesNic) September 27, 2017
If that isn't the most appropriate Kardashian joke right now... #ThisIsUs— DeAnna (@annaed884) September 27, 2017
So he dies in a fire? I'm a mess right now. Jack😭😭😭😭 #ThisIsUs— MissAdry_ (@MissAd_) September 27, 2017
Jack died in a crackhouse fire? #ThisIsUs— Uncle Al. (@theshitalexsays) September 27, 2017
A FIRE?! IM SO SHOOK #ThisIsUs— Cass (@CassVieira3) September 27, 2017
#ThisIsUs Thank you to all of the cast and crew for not being afraid of shining a light on alcoholism/addiction and doing so respectfully.— James Abraham (@back2ict) September 27, 2017
Legitimate chills that last scene of #ThisIsUs I remember having those exact emotions when I lost my dad & it allll came back— Jean (@jeanncwatts) September 27, 2017
The last 2 minutes tho...#ThisIsUs— Amishka Deonarain (@MishD10) September 27, 2017
That Kardashian joke is so real right now lmao #ThisisUs— ✨King Tiff✨ (@BeyoncesNum1fan) September 27, 2017
Yo Milo Ventimiglia can act. That slacked mouth thing he did while saying he was drunk.... How? #ThisIsUs— Yvonne (@yve_ning28) September 27, 2017
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OMG 😭😭😭😭😭😭 this show. I’m so not ready for this season. That ending 😱😱 I’m a mess #ThisIsUs— Mizzle (@mizzle95) September 27, 2017